Capital Markets Overview
The Bank actively borrows in the capital markets to meet the development needs of African countries. Resources raised from the capital markets are used to (1) ensure that the Bank has sufficient liquidity to meet its cash flow requirements for a one-year rolling period and (2) provide cost-effective resources to fund its clients and projects. The Bank uses a variety of instruments and markets to source funds and uses the derivatives market for asset and liability management purposes. Responsiveness and flexibility are the hallmarks of the Bank’s activities in the capital markets. Its strategy for achieving its funding goals is based on the following building blocks:
- Establish a track record of issuing regular, liquid benchmark transactions in the capital markets to attract competitive funding levels and generate additional funding opportunities
- Develop diversified access to public and private markets in various currencies and build name recognition
- Access medium to long-term funding, subject to market conditions
- Deepen and broaden the Bank’s investor base through a proactive investor relations strategy
- Promote the development of African capital markets and provide local currency funding to its clients by issuing bonds denominated in local currencies
As the premier borrower from Africa, the Bank enjoys widespread name recognition in major international and domestic capital markets. Transactions include issuance in the US dollar global benchmark market as well as the domestic markets of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, Uganda and the United Kingdom. The Bank is also active in African currency linked transactions and private placement transactions in emerging market currencies such as the Brazilian real, Chilean peso, Indonesian rupiah, Mexican peso, Turkish lira, and Vietnamese dong. As part of its commitment to supporting climate-smart and low carbon investment on the continent, the Bank has also established a green bond program in 2013. The Bank’s Global Debt Issuance Facility provides the platform for documentation across markets and currencies.
As at 30 November 2014, the outstanding borrowing portfolio was around UA 14 billion (USD 21 billion) across 18 currencies.
The Bank enjoys the highest possible triple-A credit ratings from the international credit rating agencies with S&P in particular citing the Bank’s diversified wholesale funding profile as a strength and important rating factor. AfDB bonds are also zero percent risk weighted under Basel II and a level 1 asset under Basel III.
2015 Borrowing Program
The Bank’s 2015 annual borrowing program has been authorized by the Board of directors for an amount of UA 4.5 billion (USD 6.6 billion).