On January 25, AO «ALFA-BANK» successfully closed issue of USD 500 mln perpetual Eurobonds compliant with Basel III (Central Bank Regulation 395-P). The total amount of the subordinated loan will stand at
USD 500 mln, the first call option is scheduled in 5.25 years; the initial coupon rate for the first 5.25 years was fixed at 6.95% per annum (quarterly payment).
Alexei Tchoukhlov, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, said:
«We monitor the dynamics of the capital markets all the times very carefully and try to raise funds in the most favourable moments in terms of price. We have an infrastructure that allows us to react quickly to «window opportunity», similar to the one that was observed throughout January. We decided to take advantage of the favorable market conditions to place the instrument increasing the Bank’s Additional Tier 1 capital, and not only to increase long-term liquidity. This is extremely important for our growth strategy, which is based on strengthening our position of the largest privately owned bank for corporate clients and expanding our presence in the retail lending market. The issued amount fully corresponds to our medium-term plans for the Bank’s development, providing an additional capital cushion.»
In the beginning of the week we met with investors in London, Zurich and Geneva, and clearly understood that now the conditions for the issuance are optimal.
This deal once again confirms that the Bank has access to international capital markets at competitive rates even when issuing Additional Tier 1 instruments. The fact that the coupon rate was fixed more than 1% below the rate at which we attracted a similar subordinated loan in November-December 2016 indicates that our work in the past year, the role that the Bank plays in the Russian banking market, is positively assessed by investors.
The coupon rate of 6.95% is at record low level for all Russian banks, both private and public ones, to attract Additional Tier 1 capital in the Eurobond format. The transaction involved more than 75 institutional investors and large funds from Europe, Great Britain, Switzerland and Asia, Russian investors showed considerable interest."
Demand exceeded the originally announced deal size by almost 2.6 times, that allowed us to fix the final rate by 0.3% lower than the originally announced price range.
After the CBR’s approval of the loan agreement the amount of the issue will be included in Additional Tier 1 Capital of Alfa-Bank. The Notes are issued by Alfa Bond Issuance plc. The issue was arranged under the Bank LPN Programme in RegS format. The Lead Managers are Alfa-Bank and UBS Limited.