Capital Markets

Capital Markets Overview

The Bank actively borrows in the capital markets to meet the development needs of African countries. Resources raised from 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. It also 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:

  1. Establish a track record of issuing regular, liquid benchmark transactions in the capital markets to attract competitive funding levels and generate additional funding opportunities
  2. Develop diversified access to public and private markets in various currencies, and build name recognition
  3. Access medium to long-term funding, subject to market conditions
  4. Deepen and broaden the Bank's investor base through a proactive investor relations strategy
  5. 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, Indonesian rupiah, Mexican peso and Turkish lira. 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 of December 31, 2015, the Bank's outstanding borrowing portfolio was around UA 16 billion (USD 23 billion) across 17 currencies.

The Bank enjoys the highest possible credit rating, AAA, assigned by the international credit rating agencies Fitch, Moodys, S&P and Japan Credit Rating Agency. AfDB bonds are zero percent risk weighted under Basel II and level 1 assets under Basel III. AfDB bonds are eligible for repo transactions with the central banks of Australia, New Zealand, EU, UK, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Botswana and US.

2016 Borrowing Program

The Bank's 2016 annual borrowing program has been authorized by the Board of Directors for an amount of UA 6.2 billion (around USD 8.5 billion).