AFC Secures Inaugural US$150 million (or JPY equivalent) Dual Currency Samurai Term Loan Facility

AFC Secures Inaugural US0 million (or JPY equivalent) Dual Currency Samurai Term Loan Facility

– Advances AFC’s objective of building a broad coalition of international investors

– Yen-denominated facility further diversifies AFC’s sources of funding towards the Far East


TOKYO, Japan, August 30th 2019, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Africa Finance Corporation (“AFC” or “the Corporation”), Africa’s leading investment grade infrastructure solutions provider, announces the close of general syndication of a minimum US$150,000,000 Dual Currency Samurai Term Loan Facility (the “Facility”) with MUFG Bank, Ltd. (“MUFG”) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (“SMBC”), acting as Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner.

The Facility, which comprises two tranches, with both tranches (USD denominated Tranche A and JPY denominated Tranche B) carrying a tenor of 3 years each (bullet repayment), is AFC’s first Asian-currency denominated loan facility. It is an important step as the Corporation builds a broad coalition of investors to diversify its funds and allow institutions from around the globe to participate in Africa’s development.

The deal was very well received in the Japanese loan market leading to a significant over-subscription. The Facility will be upsized accordingly.

Proceeds from the Facility will be used for general corporate purposes in accordance with AFC’s Establishment Agreement and the Charter.

Samaila Zubairu, President and CEO of AFC, commented: “Since joining AFC, one of my main goals has been to build a broad coalition of international investors. Securing this loan facility brings us one step closer. The Japanese loan market’s overwhelming interest in the Facility, leading to its oversubscription, allows us to diversify our funding sources and supports our mandate of providing transformational solutions to Africa’s infrastructure deficit.

“Asia is key to Africa’s growth. Japan, in particular, is an important player and its guiding principles – quality growth, which focuses on inclusiveness, sustainability and resilience as well as human security, which focuses on capacity building – are completely aligned with AFC’s mission and vision.”

The Facility launched into general syndication on 23 July 2019. The signing of the loan agreement is scheduled for 2 September 2019.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).


Notes to Editors


AFC, an investment grade multilateral finance institution, was established in 2007 with an equity capital base of US$1 billion, to be the catalyst for private sector-led infrastructure investment across Africa. With a current balance sheet size of approximately US$4.5 billion, AFC is the second highest investment grade rated multilateral financial institution in Africa with an A3/P2 (Stable outlook) rating from Moody’s Investors Service. AFC successfully raised US$750 million in 2015 and US$500 million in 2017; out of its Board-approved US$3 Billion Global Medium-Term Note (MTN) Programme. Both Eurobond issues were oversubscribed and attracted investors from Asia, Europe and the USA.

AFC’s investment approach combines specialist industry expertise with a focus on financial and technical advisory, project structuring, project development and risk capital to address Africa’s infrastructure development needs and drive sustainable economic growth. AFC invests in high quality infrastructure assets that provide essential services in the core infrastructure sectors of power, natural resources, heavy industry, transport, and telecommunications. To date, the Corporation has invested approximately US$4 billion in projects within 28 countries across North, East, West and Southern Africa.

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