In a circular made available to the public, the Debt Management Office (DMO), yesterday, disclosed that it has been authorised to receive applications for Federal Government’s fresh N100 billion worth of bonds.

According to the DMO, the bonds would be auctioned on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, with the settlement date being Friday, May 24, 2019.

How the bonds will be offered: The bonds consist of a ₦35,000,000,000 at 12.75% interest rate maturing on APR 2023 (5-Yr bond); ₦35,000,000,000 at 14.55 per cent interest rate maturing on APR 2029 (10-Yr bond re-opening); and ₦30,000,000,000 at 14.80 per cent interest rate maturing on APR 2049 (30-Yr bond re-opening).

The bonds is to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and would qualify as a liquid asset for liquidity ratio calculation for banks.

Where to buy: The DMO said interested investors should contact Access Bank Plc, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited, Citi Bank Nigeria Limited, First City Monument Bank Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, Coronation Merchant Bank Limited, FSDH Merchant Bank Limited, Zenith Bank Plc, Ecobank Nigeria Limited, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited, and Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc.

Meanwhile, the debut 30-year FGN bond was oversubscribed at the April auction.

For the first time, the DMO introduced the 30-year FGN Bond into the market at the April 2019 FGN Bond Auction, which held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. A total subscription of N80.41 billion was received from investors for the N20 billion offered by the DMO for the 30-year Bond, representing a 400% subscription rate.

Understanding bonds: A bond is a fixed income instrument that represents a loan made by an investor to a borrower (typically corporate or governmental). A bond could be thought of as an I.O.U. between the lender and borrower that includes the details of the loan and its payments. A bond has an end date when the principal of the loan is due to be paid to the bond owner and usually includes the terms for variable or fixed interest payments that will be made by the borrower.

Bonds are used by companies, municipalities, states, and sovereign governments to finance projects and operations. Owners of bonds are debt holders, or creditors, of the issuer.

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When companies or other entities need to raise money to finance new projects, maintain ongoing operations, or refinance existing debts, they may issue bonds directly to investors. The borrower (issuer) issues a bond that includes the terms of the loan, interest payments that will be made, and the time at which the loaned funds (bond principal) must be paid back (maturity date).

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