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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Egypt considers selling euro-denominated bonds

The potential sale could raise €1.5 billion

Egypt's central bank governor said the country is weighing an offer from international banks to expand a financing deal. Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters
Egypt's central bank governor said the country is weighing an offer from international banks to expand a financing deal. Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

Egyptian policy makers are weighing plans to raise €1.5 billion from the country’s first sale of euro-denominated bonds, finance minister Amr El-Garhy said.

The possible sale would happen before the end of November, El-Garhy told Bloomberg in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh on Thursday. He didn’t give more details.

With local borrowing costs above 15 per cent, Egypt is increasingly looking at international debt markets to capitalize on growing investor confidence after it floated its currency and cut costly energy subsidies. The steps helped seal a three-year US$12bn loan program from the International Monetary Fund in November.

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Central bank governor Tarek Amer said on Wednesday that Egypt is studying an offer from international banks to renew and expand a $2bn financing deal agreed last year. Banks have offered to increase the repurchase transaction to $5bn, he said.

The North African country raised $7bn from the sale of Eurobonds in the fiscal year that ended in June, including $4bn in January consisting of five-, 10- and 30-year bonds with yields of 6.125 per cent, 7.5 per cent and 8.5 per cent, respectively.