Swala Oil & Gas Plans Local Bond Offering in Tanzania and Uganda

East Africa’s first listed oil and gas company Swala Oil & Gas (Tanzania) Plc has said it  plans investor meetings in Dar es Salaam and Kampala, Uganda, to offer bonds to local investors.

According to the company the local tranche of 7-year retail bonds will have a coupon of 12-16% payable in either available funds or Swala shares at a 12.5% discount. The issue is designed to maximise Tanzanian ownership through the conversion into Swala shares and revenue from the bond coupons.

Swala says it is following the national strategy of ensuring meaningful local interest in major domestic energy and infrastructure projects, while helping to develop and deepen the country’s capital markets with one of the few energy debt issues in Africa.

The investor meetings were held in Dar es Salaam on Aug. 10 and 11, and Kampala on Aug. 14. The issue is being arranged by the specialist frontier markets investment bank, Exotix Capital.

Swala has secured, subject to ongoing legal due diligence, funding for its first investment tranche from a major US  investor, along with a 7-year CAPEX draw-down facility from a major South African investment fund.

This facility will be used by Swala to optimise its forecast cashflow profile and ensure that it can meet any project development obligations. The overall capital raising will help to finance a material transaction.

Swala’s board of directors has authorised the creation of 50 million Preferred Shares each with a face value of $1 (one US dollar), 20 million of which will be issued to the vendor as part of the transaction and the other 30 million of which shall be available to Swala’s current shareholders in exercise of their statutory pre-emption rights. As with the Preferred Shares, the retail bonds will also be offered to the Swala shareholders.

“The funding of the agreed investment is progressing and is awaiting only the completion of ongoing due diligence. Our upcoming roadshow, focused as it is on the local Tanzanian bond investors, aims to maximise local participation in an African energy sector project with significant potential. We look forward to providing the market with further updates as our investment project advances,” says Swala’s CEO Dr. David Mestres Ridge.

Swala holds assets in the world-class East African Rift System with a total net land package in excess of 14,000 km2 and plans to drill at the Kito prospect in the Kilosa-Kilombero license later in the year after a series of delays occasioned by earlier disputes with its JV partner Otto Energy which have now been resolved.

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