Dubai: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (commonly known as TDB), one of the premier multilateral development financial institutions in Africa is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of its US$ 272,000,000 and € 160,200,000 (combined US$ 450,000,000 equiv.) Multi-Tranche Syndicated Term Financing (Conventional and Islamic) (“Facilities”). The transaction follows and upsizes TDB’s debut Middle East focused Conventional and Islamic syndication that was signed in December 2017.

The Facilities are comprised of 2-year and 3-year bullet repayment tranches, as well as Conventional and Islamic tranches, and have been funded in US$ and Euros. Proceeds of the Facilities will be utilised for refinancing purposes and for meeting TDB’s trade financing and general corporate requirements.

Citi, Emirates NBD Capital Limited, First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC, Mashreqbank psc and MUFG Bank, Ltd. acted as the Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners on the transaction.

Additionally, Mashreqbank psc acted as the Structuring Bank and Documentation Agent, Emirates NBD Capital Limited acted as the Marketing and Roadshow agent, and First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC acted as the Global Agent, Conventional Facility Agent and the Investment (Islamic) Agent in relation to the Facilities.  

The transaction was initially launched at US$ 250 Million equiv. to investors across the GCC and has received a strong response from the market. As a result, Facilities were oversubscribed by 1.8 times and featured participation from 20 banks across the GCC with commitments aggregating c. US$ 702 Million equiv.. The overwhelming response to the transaction is testament to TDB’s growing global reputation stemming from its increasing success in promoting trade, economic development and regional integration across Eastern and Southern Africa.

While TDB has regularly tapped the global syndicated loan markets in the past, this transaction represents another important milestone in the expansion of its growing investor base in the Middle East through a longer dated issuance and helped TDB successfully tap Islamic liquidity available in the region.


Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners:


Emirates NBD Capital Limited

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Mashreqbank PSC

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Mandated Lead Arrangers:

ABC International Bank plc.

Bank Muscat S.A.O.G.

Boubyan Bank K.S.C.P.

Commercial Bank of Dubai PSC

The Commercial Bank (P.S.Q.C.)

Credit Europe Bank (Dubai) Limited

Gulf Bank K.S.C.P

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited Dubai (DIFC) Branch

The National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah (P.S.C.)

Lead Arrangers:

Bank Dhofar (S.A.O.G.)


Al Salam Bank Bahrain BSC

Emirates Islamic Bank PJSC

Lead Manager

Habib Bank Limited

Tunis International Bank

Sharjah Islamic Bank PJSC

Banque Misr SAE

Mr Admassu Tadesse, President of TDB stated that the overwhelming response in the facility from Middle Eastern and international banks confirms increasing interest in our African region and reflects the growing levels of confidence in TDB and its financial credibility, following years of strong performance, coupled with higher levels of capitalisation and its re-confirmed investment grade status from Moody’s.  

He added, "I am truly delighted by this remarkable outcome in our second syndicated loan in the Middle East region.  The book was extremely well run by the Bookrunners.  The launch amount of the transaction was USD 250 Million and the commitments received amounted to about USD 702 Million. both in EUR and USD. The high oversubscription reveals the high levels of appetite for the TDB name.  The participation in the transaction exceeded our expectations and we are very pleased with the excellent work of our financing partners. This will fuel our managed growth strategy and deepen the growing cooperation with institutional investors in the gulf region."


About TDB
The Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank is an African regional development financial institution established on 6th November 1985 pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 9 of the Treaty (1981) establishing the Preferential Trade Area for the Eastern and Southern African States which was later transformed into the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Although the Bank is a COMESA institution, its membership is open to non-COMESA States, non-regional countries, as well as institutional shareholders.

The Bank is a leading regional development bank with principle offices in Ebene Cybercity, Mauritius and Bujumbura, Burundi, as well as regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Harare, Zimbabwe. It operates in 16 of its 19 Member States across the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Indian Ocean Countries (IOC) and East African Community (EAC) regions.

TDB’s primary source of funding is its share capital and long-term and short term borrowings. As at 31st December 2018 the subscribed capital stood at USD 1.83 Billion of which USD 1.47 Billion is callable. The Bank is a large financial institution with an asset base of USD 5.56 Billion (as of 31st December 2018). The Bank has 37 shareholders with shareholders’ funds of USD 1.19 Billion. The largest single shareholder is the People’s Republic of China with a 7.80% shareholding as of the 31stDecember 2018.

The Bank provides Project & Infrastructure Finance and Trade Finance as its core products and services. These facilities are available to businesses and enterprises incorporated and doing business in the TDB Member States. The Bank has also successfully issued local currency bonds in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, with the proceeds of the bonds being invested in the respective countries of issuance. TDB’s mandate is to facilitate economic growth, trade and regional integration through its role as a financial intermediary providing Trade Finance and Project and Infrastructure Finance services. TDB received an Investment grade rating from Moody’s in October 2017 and are currently rated Baa3 with a stable outlook from Moody’s. 

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