Ghana's Debt Situation Investors ditch Gov't GHC500m bond again

Proceeds are intended to finance the roll-over of maturing bonds as well as finance the country’s increasing infrastructure needs.

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Ghana’s latest  domestic fix- three year GHC500 million bond has been immensely undersubscribed.

The Bank of Ghana  on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, last week floated the third GHC500 million three-year bond for the year 2016.

Instead of the targeted 500 million Ghana Cedis, the Bank of Ghana was only able to attract GHC350 million ($78.1 million) at a fixed rate of 24.5%  the same as the rate for the three-year GHC500 million bond government floated in April 2016.

READ MORE: BoG to issue GH¢500 million domestic bond

Proceeds are intended to finance the roll-over of maturing bonds as well as finance the country’s increasing infrastructure needs.

Head of Banking and Finance at the University of Ghana Business School, Dr. Godfred Bokpin believes the under-subscription of the bond shows dwindled confidence in the country’s debt situation.

In an interview with Pulse.com.gh, Dr. Bokpin said “Government has maintained a stable borrowing behaviour over the past four years, and as your borrowing increases, more and more investors become sceptical going forward. This is why the interest rates of these investors will increase, and their willingness to lend decreases as well.”

In January, government issued a similar domestic bond which was under-subscribed.

While government wanted a total of 500 million Ghana Cedis, it was able to raise only 426 million Ghana Cedis by the end of the issuance of the bond in total offers.

READ MORE: Govt's 500m Cedi- domestic bond under-subscribed

Out of this, the Bank of Ghana took 373 million Ghana Cedis at an interest of 24.75 percent, something that has sparked concerns amongst analysts because  the rate is higher than the country's last interest in the last domestic bond issue where government got a 23.85 percent.

Whereas some analysts thinks the situation suggests that investor confidence in the Ghanaian economy, others believe it’s as a result of the U.S interest rate hikes.

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