By Amadou Labba Sall
GCR upgrades Afreximbank’s rating to ‘A’
Cairo, 15 July 2022: Global Credit Rating (GCR) has announced the upgrade of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) international scale long-term issuer rating from A- to A, with stable outlook. The rating agency has also upgraded the international scale long-term issuer rating on the Bank’s Global Medium-Term Note (GMTN) Programme to A (Stable Outlook) and affirmed the Bank’s short-term issuer rating at A2.
According to GCR, Afreximbank’s credit rating has been upgraded to reflect the positive consequences of the elevated status and growing importance of the Bank and the subsequent African Union supported US$6.5 billion General Capital Increase (GCI) approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors in June 2021. The “Stable” outlook is also supported by a strong balance sheet and strong shareholder support that is expected to carry Afreximbank through the turbulent global cycle, especially considering the current geopolitical instability and the vulnerable global economy.
GCR also noted that the status of Afreximbank has benefited from significant membership penetration especially in the African region, significant capital flows from shareholders and track record for Preferential Creditor Treatment (PCT). The Bank is now one of the largest and most influential Multilateral Development Banks operating in the African region, with its franchise as a trade finance focused MDB strengthening over the last decade, meaning its strategic position has elevated.
The rating agency believes that the many initiatives that Afreximbank has undertaken over the last couple of years, including the recently introduced Ukraine Crisis Adjustment Trade Financing Programme for Africa (UKAFPA), worth US$4 billion on a net basis, will continue to be a strong underpin of relevance and importance to its shareholders.
Professor Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank, commented:
“We are pleased to receive the positive news of the ratings uplift. We thank the Bank’s Shareholders and member States for the strong support that led to this outcome. Afreximbank remains committed to delivering value to all its Shareholders from both trade development and financial perspectives.”
To read more on GCR upgrade review, see here.
Fitch Ratings upgrades Afreximbank to ‘BBB’
Cairo, 15 July 2022: Fitch Ratings has upgraded African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB-‘, noting that the outlook is “Stable”.
Fitch Ratings highlighted that Afreximbank has strengthened its institutional role and raised its profile as the main multilateral development bank focused on supporting the public and private sectors in Africa. The Credit Rating Agency also noted the increasing number of key mandates being implemented by the Bank in support of the African Union initiatives, which it said, “is further evidence of the bank’s rising profile”.
Another driver behind the Bank’s improved rating was its strong capitalisation. Fitch Ratings cited Afreximbank’s recent US$6.5 billion capital increase in paid-in and callable capital approved by the Bank’s board of directors in June 2021, which it said highlights the Bank’s importance to its shareholders.
Afreximbank has consistently maintained a strong capital position, which is necessary for the Bank’s long term financial health and development of its business. Under its current General Capital Increase, the Bank has made consistent progress and raised a total of US$2.8 billion in paid-in and callable capital as at June 30, 2022, illustrating that the Bank is well on its way to achieving the US$ 6.5billion capital raising plan across all existing shareholder classes by the end of the current strategic plan.
Professor Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank, said:
“The upgrade of Afreximbank credit rating by Fitch confirms that we are on the right track. Afreximbank continues to prove the relevance of its mandate and the usefulness of its approach to delivering transformational initiatives to Africa. We have been aggressively pursuing the promotion of intra-African trade and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, while putting in place appropriate emergency response instruments for crisis intervention in Africa. The Bank’s consistent and prudent response to Member Countries’ needs during difficult times and prudent management of exposures has earned it the confidence of its Shareholders.
We are committed to working with our diverse partners both within and outside Africa as we contribute to delivering the African Union’s ‘Agenda 2023: The Africa We Want’.”
To read more on Fitch Ratings upgrade review, see here.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance and promote intra-and extra-African trade. Afreximbank deploys innovative structures to deliver financing solutions that support the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby boosting economic expansion in Africa. A stalwart supporter of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Afreximbank has launched a Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) that was adopted by the African Union (AU) as the payment and settlement platform to underpin the implementation of the AfCFTA. Afreximbank is working with the AU and the AfCFTA Secretariat to develop an Adjustment Facility to support countries in effectively participating in the AfCFTA. At the end of 2021, the Bank’s total assets and guarantees stood at about US$25 billion, and its shareholder funds amounted to US$4 billion. Afreximbank disbursed more than US$51 billion between 2016 and 2021. The Bank has ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A-), Moody’s (Baa1), Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR) (A-) and Fitch (BBB). The Bank is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.
For more information, visit: www.afreximbank.com.
Amadou Labba Sall: email@example.com