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Fitch Warns Ghana On New Eurobond

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 10, 2014

By Sudip Roy, FT

Fitch has warned that Ghana will find it “increasingly challenging” to sell its new Eurobond due to mounting fiscal and external vulnerabilities.

The West African nation is rumoured to have hired Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered for an up to US$1.5bn Eurobond, though the timing of the deal has yet to be determined.

A successful deal may ease immediate external funding pressures. But even though Ghana, as with other emerging markets, has seen its outstanding debt rally significantly over the past few weeks with its 2023 notes trading at just under 8% compared with more than 9% at the end of April, Fitch reckons the cost of any bond “would likely be high.”

The ratings agency has highlighted the country’s vulnerabilities in a new note published on Monday, especially the central bank’s role in funding Ghana’s budget deficit in the first quarter.

“Printing money to finance the deficit will aggravate already high inflation (14.7% in April 2014) and contribute to further cedi weakness,” said the note, adding the currency has fallen 21% since the start of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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