Energicotel debuts on Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE)

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ENERGICOTEL (ECTL) PLC, a member of EPC Africa Group, an independent power producer and an engineering consulting company has debut on Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE).

The firm had in June announced in a statement that it had received regulatory approval to issue and list a Corporate Bond on the RSE.

On Monday August 16, 2021, RSE started trading Energicotel’s first-ever corporate bond.

This is the third corporate bond to be listed since the establishment of the RSE after the ones by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and local lender BCR—which was acquired by I&M bank

Corporate bond

The launch of the listing of the Rwf 6.5 billion ($6.4 million) long-term fixed rate corporate bond was presided over by the Minister of Infrastructure, Claver Gatete.

Several government officials, particularly from the finance sector, as well as investors also attended the bell-ringing ceremony.

Energicotel operate three hydropower plants in Rwanda, with a combined installed capacity of 3.3 MW.

17 million kWh of electricity

According to data from the infrastructure ministry, the firm supplied 17 million kWh of electricity to the national grid last year.

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“Moving to the capital markets is an essential step towards showcasing additional avenues for capital formation and providing a platform for investors to participate in the ENERGICOTEL investment plans,” said Ferdy Turasenga, firm’s executive director.

13.75 percent fixed interest

Ferdy further noted that investors can expect a good return on investment since the firm has committed a 13.75 percent fixed interest rate on its first tranche.

Last month, the firm raised Rwf 3.5bn ($3.45 million) by listing a corporate bond on the Rwanda Stock Exchange via public offer.

The first tranche received a full subscription about two weeks ago.

The first tranche which received regulatory approval from Capital Markets Authority on June 18 aimed at enabling the firm to refinance existing debt obligations to match its borrowing with long term contracts to optimize cash flow.

“We are excited to continue on our growth trajectory within the renewable energy space, with our core business of power generation and engineering consultancy” Turasenga added.

Investors confidence

According to Pierre Celestin Rwabukumba, the CEO of Rwanda Stock Exchange, its subscription of 80 percent and 20 percent of institutional and retail investors respectively, is a testimony of confidence investors have in the company as well as its business prospects.

He however, noted that it is a vote of confidence in the steadily growing capital market as a platform not only for big companies or governments’ but also the SMEs and other corporates that are seeking long term and sustainable finance.

Rwabukumba shared similar sentiments with Eric Bundugu, Ag. Executive Director of Capital Market Authority, who said that the successful subscription of the bond, exhibits investors’ continued growing appetite for more and diverse products in the capital markets industry.

“It also provides a great opportunity for investors to be part of Energicotel’s continued success,” he said.

First firm in the energy and infrastructure sector

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Gatete applauded the company for being the first firm in the energy and infrastructure sector generally to list a corporate bond.

“This adds more resources to energy sector development that will help to achieve the Government’s target of 100% electricity access countrywide by 2024.”

He also pointed out that it was a good signal that the market is slowly getting ready for the private sector to tap into the opportunities the market has to offer with a target to have a private sector-led economy.

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Gatete highlighted that the government is currently working with the energy firm on various projects, including construction of power transmission lines, distribution lines and energy access, in most parts of the countries, connecting homes, schools, health centres and other economic activities.

The Rwanda Stock Exchange Limited was incorporated on 7 October 2005 with the objective of carrying out stock market operations.

The Stock Exchange was demutualized from the start as it was registered as a company limited by shares. The company was officially launched on 31 January 2011.

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