06 February 2016, Lagos — Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, GTBank, on Thursday launched a cash tender for its $500,000,000 7.50 per cent Eurobond maturing May 2016. This being the first transaction of its kind in Nigeria would boost the financial strength of the banks as well as its commitment to excellence and best practices, analysts stated.
In its statement, the bank said the liability management exercise allowed the bank to efficiently manage its liquidity by addressing in full debt maturing in 2016.
The extent to which this goal can be achieved through the offer will depend on the number of Securities that will be tendered, given the voluntary nature of the offer.
The bank intends to maintain cash available to repay any outstanding securities not tendered in full at maturity. It added that securities purchased by the offeror would be surrendered for cancellation to the principal paying agent in respect of the securities.
“If the offeror decides to accept valid tenders of securities pursuant to the offer, the total amount the offeror will pay holders on the settlement date for each $1,000 in principal amount of securities accepted for purchase pursuant to the offer will be an amount (rounded to the nearest $0.01) equal to the Purchase Price and Accrued Interest on such $1,000 in principal amount.
“If, following acceptance of securities for purchase by the offeror pursuant to the offer and following purchase of the relevant securities on the settlement date, a holder continues to hold in its account with the relevant clearing system less than US$200,000 in principal amount of securities.
In order to ensure that it will be possible to trade any residual holding in the Clearing Systems such Holder would need to purchase an additional principal amount of Securities such that its aggregate holding amounts to at least US$200,000,” the statement added.
On the purchase price, the bank said that the offeror would pay for securities accepted by it for purchase pursuant to the offer at the fixed purchase price of $1,002.50 per $1,000 in principal amount of such securities.
*Obinna Chima – Thisday