Reuters exclusively revealed that an informal group of international bondholders has proposed to Ethiopia’s government to extend the maturity of the country’s $1 billion eurobond issue coming due in 2024. The sources said the proposal to extend the eurobond maturity foresees a coupon of 6.625% – the same as the current one on what was originally a 10-year bond, which is the country’s only outstanding international note. The next coupon payment on the 2024 bond is due in June, with the issue trading at around 68 cents to the dollar and yielding more than 30%, according to Refinitiv data. It has a long-term rating of CCC- from Fitch Ratings, which means it is a substantial credit risk with a real possibility of default. 

Market Impact

The nation of 115 million has been one of the world’s fastest-growing economies in the past 15 years, boosted by heavy infrastructure investment, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict that has now subsided have slowed expansion in recent years. The IMF estimates that Ethiopia’s economy will grow by 5.3% this year.

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Sectors: Economy & Policy

Regions: Africa

Countries: Ethiopia

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