African Development Bank Pioneers Sustainable Hybrid Capital Notes with a Successful $750M Launch

A landmark issuance of sustainable hybrid capital notes by the African Development Bank achieves remarkable success.

The African Development Bank, has successfully launched and priced its first Sustainable US dollar-denominated 750 million perpetual subordinated hybrid capital notes.

On the 30th of January 2024 the African Development Bank launched a hybrid capital transaction with a coupon of 5.75% until August 2034, with a 10.5 year first call date at the Bank’s discretion. The Bank achieved a top quality and granular orderbook with over 275 investors, of which over 190 were allocated. Investor demand was very strong with a peak orderbook of over USD 6 billion.

The largest share of the allocation was taken up by Hedge / Specialised funds (54.8%), followed by Asset Managers (27.8%), Central Banks and Official Institutions (6.7%), Pension Funds / Insurance (6.6%) and Banks / Private Banks (4.1%). Demand came mainly from the UK (51.1%), followed by EMEA (26.5%), Asia (14%) and Americas (8.4%).

This is the first sustainable hybrid capital issuance by a multilateral development bank, marking the African Development Bank’s pioneering role in optimizing its balance sheet in line with the G20 Capital Adequacy Framework (CAF) recommendations to boost lending capacity. Hybrid capital is an innovative form of capital which increases sustainable lending capacity.

The Bank mandated BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs International as Joint Structuring Agents and Barclays, BNP Paris, BofA Securities and Goldman Sachs International as Joint Bookrunners to lead manage its new Perpetual Non-call (PerpNC) 10.5-year inaugural USD Global SEC-exempt Sustainable Hybrid transaction.

African Development Bank Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Hassatou N’Sele said the move followed close monitoring of the market since the institution’s roadshow last September, to generate interest in the bond.

This landmark transaction was received with marked enthusiasm by a broad range of investors. It paves the way for the African Development Bank and other AAA-rated Multilateral Development Banks to further leverage their capital base and increase their support to Africa and the developing world, who are facing multiple crises and long-term development challenges, in a context of constrained development resources.

Hassatou N’Sele, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, African Development Bank

We saw tremendous interest from over 275 investors resulting in a record order book for the AfDB. The outstanding success of this transaction allows the African Development Bank to demonstrate that MDBs can tap the private investor market to supplement their capital base and therefore allow incremental sustainable lending to their clients.

Omar Sefiani, Bank Group Treasurer, African Development Bank

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