Nigeria Rules Out a Return to Eurobond Market in 2019

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The Nigerian Government has confirmed it has no plans to return to the Eurobond market this year, after a sixth outing in November raised $2.86bn, the Debt Management Office said on Tuesday, Punch Newspaper reported.

In 2016, Nigeria approved a three-year plan to borrow more from the international market. According to the Punch report, it wants 40 percent of its loans to come from offshore sources to lower borrowing costs and help to fund record-high budgets.

Asked whether the government would consider a US dollar-denominated Eurobond, the Director-General, DMO, Patience Oniha, said, “For 2019, given the process, I would say no.”

Foreign borrowing for the 2019 budget is set at N802bn ($2.7bn), Oniha said at an Islamic finance conference in Lagos, according to Reuters.

The Federal Government has said it wanted to tap concessionary long-term loans to finance its 2019 budget in addition to borrowing at home.

It sold $3bn in Eurobonds in 2017, part of which it used to fund its budget that year. It then followed with a $2.5bn Eurobond sale last year to refinance local currency bonds at lower cost.




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