The government has announced a new Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP) for US dollar denominated bonds targeting to exchange US$ 809 million of the denominated notes and bonds.
“The Government of the Republic of Ghana announced today that it is inviting Eligible Holders to exchange approximately USD 809 millions of its U.S denominated domestic notes and bonds for a package of new bonds to be issued by the Republic”, a Friday, July 14, 2023, statement from the Ministry of Finance announced.
According to government, the successful completion of this domestic debt exchange is a critical component of both the debt reduction programme and the programme discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
It will contribute to unlocking the support of the international community and will allow Ghana to achieve its debt targets as such “government calls for the full participation of all holders of eligible bonds”.
Summary of Invitation
The invitation to exchange is an arrangement through which holders of Eligible Bonds will submit their holdings of Eligible Bonds governed by Ghanaian law and denominated in U.S.$ dollars (U.S.$) for new benchmark Government of Ghana bonds denominated in U.S.$, with the same aggregate principal amount (plus applicable capitalized accrued and unpaid interest), and which have in the aggregate a lower average coupon and extended average maturity than the Eligible Bonds.
It is available only to registered holders of Eligible Bonds (“Eligible Holders”).
Eligible Holders tendering their Eligible Bonds pursuant to the Invitation will receive New Bonds of the Republic on the terms and subject to the conditions described in the Exchange Memorandum.
All offers to exchange Eligible Bonds made by Eligible Holders (an “Offer” or “Exchange Instruction”) are irrevocable (subject to withdrawal rights under certain limited circumstances).
By tendering their Eligible Bonds, Eligible Holders represent and warrant that such Eligible Bonds constitute all the Eligible Bonds owned by them and consent to the blocking by the Central Securities Depository (CSD) of any attempt to transfer them prior to the Settlement Date or the termination of the Invitation by the Republic.
Offers may only be submitted starting today (the “Launch Date”) and ending at 4:00 p.m. (Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)) on 28 July 2023 (the “Expiration Date”). However, Ghana may at its sole discretion extend the Expiration Date (including for one or more series of Eligible Bonds).
Eligible Holders who deliver valid Offers at or prior to the Expiration Date that are accepted by the Republic will receive on the Settlement Date (as defined below) in exchange for their Eligible Bonds accepted by the Republic, the same aggregate principal amount distributed across new bonds due in 2027 (the “New 2027 Bond”) and 2028 (the “New 2028 Bond”, collectively, the “New Bonds”) in the following proportions:
|New 2027 Bond||New 2028 Bond|
All calculations by the Government will be final and binding on Eligible Holders save in the event of manifest error.
Ghana reserves the right in its sole discretion to accept any and all Offers with respect to any series of Eligible Bonds.
The Invitation will expire at 4:00 p.m. (Greenwich Mean Time) on 28 July 2023, unless extended or earlier terminated by the Republic at its sole discretion (the “Expiration Date”). Offers may not be revoked or withdrawn at any time except in the limited circumstances described in the Exchange Memorandum.
On 4 August 2023 (the “Settlement Date”) the Republic will issue the New Bonds to Eligible Holders whose Offers are accepted for credit to the account of such Eligible Holder at Ghana’s CSD. The Republic reserves the right to extend the Settlement Date (including with respect to one or more series of Eligible Bonds) without offering Eligible Holders the right to withdraw their Offers, provided that such extended Settlement Date is not later than 7 August 2023 (the “Longstop Date”). The Republic may extend the Settlement Date beyond such Longstop Date and designate a new Longstop Date, but such extension will be subject to the granting of withdrawal rights to Eligible Holders who submitted Offers before such extension, subject to the conditions described in the Exchange Memorandum.
Morrow Sodali Limited is acting as the information and coordination agent (the “Information and Coordination Agent”). Lazard Frères is acting as financial advisor to Ghana in connection with the Invitation (the “Financial Advisors”).
Any questions or requests for assistance regarding the Invitation may be directed to CSD and/or the Information and Coordination Agent at the contact information set forth below.
Eligible Holders, or custodians for such holders, of Eligible Bonds may obtain a copy of the Exchange Memorandum by accessing the Invitation Website (https://projects.morrowsodali.com/ghanadde).
Exchange Procedures for Eligible Holders
Eligible Holders interested in participating in the Invitation are invited to send an Offer or Exchange Instruction to their respective CSD Direct Participant (the Depository Participant), in the form and via the channels agreed and customary between them.
As of the Launch Date until the Expiration Date of the Invitation, Eligible Holders having active securities accounts balances and interested in participating in the Invitation will have the opportunity to send an Offer or Exchange Instruction to their respective CSD Direct Participant (Depository Participant).
Eligible Holders may download an Exchange Form from the website of the CSD (www.csd.com.gh/dde), complete and send it to their CSD Direct Participant (Depository Participant) via email or via any internal communication platform they use (if any), or send an instruction in the format, or via any other standard means of communication available and accepted by the CSD Direct Participant (Depository Participant).
By submitting an Offer or Exchange Instruction, Eligible Holders consent to the blocking by the CSD of any attempt to transfer such Eligible Holders’ Eligible Bonds prior to the Settlement Date or the termination of the Invitation to Exchange.
Table A—Eligible Bonds
|ISIN No.||Maturity Date||Outstanding Principal Amount (U.S.$)|
Table B — Financial Terms of the New Bonds
|The New Bonds due||Annual Interest Rate||Interest Payment||Maturity Date||Principal Repayment|
|2027||From and including the Settlement Date to but excluding the maturity date: 2.75%||Semi-annually, in arrears, commencing in February 2024.||August 2027||One single payment on the maturity date.|
|2028||From and including the Settlement Date to but excluding the maturity date: 3.25%||Semi-annually, in arrears, commencing in February 2024.||August 2028||One single payment on the maturity date.|
Table C — New Bonds Distribution
|Exchange Consideration Ratios of New Bonds in Exchange for Each Eligible Bond Tendered|
|New 2027 Bond||New 2028 Bond|