IFC US$2 billion global bond for private investment in developing countries

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IFC, a World Bank Group member, issued a brand-new US dollar global benchmark bond, generating US$2 billion to stimulate private investment in emerging and developing nations.

The deal received considerable support, and the ultimate transaction book was closed at more than US$4.9 billion by over 100 investors.

  • IFC, a World Bank Group member, issued a brand-new US dollar global benchmark bond, generating US$2 billion to stimulate private investment in emerging and developing nations
  • The new three-year benchmark is priced with a spread of SOFR MS+25 basis points, equivalent to +12.5 basis points over the three-year US Treasury note.
  • The new standard pays a semi-annual coupon of 3.625 per cent

 

“Investors’ enthusiasm is a testament to IFC’s financial strength and position as the top development financing organisation focusing mostly on the private sector in developing countries,” IFC Vice President and Treasurer, Treasury & Mobilization John Gandolfo stated.

“The bond’s proceeds will release finance for businesses and help generate jobs as developing countries cope with several overlapping concerns, ranging from rising prices for food and energy to war and fragility,”John explained.

The new three-year benchmark is priced with a spread of SOFR MS+25 basis points, equivalent to +12.5 basis points over the three-year US Treasury note.

The new standard pays a semi-annual coupon of 3.625 per cent. Morgan Stanley, Citi, Wells Fargo Securities, and TD Securities served as the joint lead managers for this transaction.

IFC achieves another outstanding result in the capital markets! Utilising the robust USD SSA primary market following the summer, the new three-year benchmark was oversubscribed by more than 2.4 times, with both a highly diversified and high-quality final order book.

IFC has succeeded in ensuring that its global annual outing encapsulates the broadest possible investor attention through coherent excellence in execution.

“Congratulations to the IFC team; Citi is honoured to have played a role in this transaction,” Citi Managing Director, Public Sector DCM, Ebba Wexler, stated.

“With this deal, IFC has reinforced their benchmark product as a core USD asset, highly valued by investors worldwide. A massive comeback to the USD benchmark segment for IFC, gaining a strong market and attaining an outstanding pricing result despite the ongoing volatility and challenging wider market conditions. Congratulations to the entire IFC team!” Head of SSA, Morgan Stanley, Ben Adubi stated.

“Congratulations to the IFC team on a successful three-year USD benchmark transaction. IFC drew interest from the entire SSA universe for their first USD benchmark of the new fiscal year.

During a turbulent year in the fixed-income markets, the three-year maturity allowed IFC to capture demand from more comfortable investors at the curve’s front end. Because of the strong demand for IFC’s name, IFC was able to engage in valuations successfully and tightened by three basis points from initial price thoughts(IPTs), ” TD Securities’ Managing Director, Fixed Income Origination & Syndication, Laura O’Connor, said.

“WFS is honoured to be included in the IFC’s first USD benchmark for the current funding year. The combination of good timing and strong demand, as well as the issuer’s rarity worth and international reach, resulted in an excellent order book with significant oversubscription. Moreover, the deal joins a small group of issues priced three basis points lower than IPTs this year. Congratulations to the IFC team on this global benchmark’s resounding success, ” Wells Fargo Securities’ Head of SSA Origination, Carlos Perezgrovas, said.

Since 2000, IFC has issued global bonds denominated in US dollars. Furthermore, IFC supplements its public issuance by entering various markets, including private placements and themes bonds, such as green bonds to promote climate-smart business and social bonds to fund IFC projects that assist underfunded individuals in developing nations with constrained access to essential services.

IFC also issues local-currency bonds to support the development of local capital markets and to help finance local-currency investments and special offer notes in US dollars. Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s have assigned triple-A ratings to all IFC bond issuances.

Conditions and terms for the IFC Global Bond:

International Finance Corporation, the issuer (IFC)
Aaa (stable) / AAA (stable) (Moody’s / S&P) rating
US$ 2,000,000,000 Issue Amount
Date of Pricing: September 7, 2022
Date of Settlement: September 15, 2022
Date of Maturity: September 15, 2025
Coupon 3.625% (semi-annual, 30/360) Re-Offer Price/Yield 99.961% / 3.639% s.a.
Mid-swap re-offer vs SOFR +25bps
+12.5bp re-offer vs benchmark UST 3.125% due August 15, 2025
Documentation
ISIN US45950KDA51 Issuer’s Global Medium-Term Note Program
Morgan Stanley, Citi, TD Securities, and Wells Fargo Securities are joint bookrunners.

Statistics on Distribution:

60% of Central Banks/Official Institutions
27% Banks AM/Corporates/
13% Other
Geography
56% Americas
32% Europe, Middle East, Africa
12% Asia Pacific

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Maingi Gichuku is passionate about helping African businesses grow by offering technology solutions. With a BSC in Zoology and biochemistry, Gichuku yearns for an Africa that can find solutions to its challenges. My drive is to see an economically dynamic Africa and embrace its populations by creating opportunities cutting across the social and economic strata.

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