On June 8th, JSC National Company “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” (“KTZ”) has successfully placed (via its SPV – “KTZ Finance”) its debut RUR 15 billion (c. $264 million) 5-year international bond issue with a dual listing on the Moscow Exchange (the “MOEX”) and on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (the “KASE”).
The initial price guidance was set at the coupon level of 8.85%-9.15% p.a. Investors submitted their orders simultaneously on both the MOEX and the KASE, and the total order book had exceeded RUR 27 billion (c. $474 million) after just 3 hours of book-building, which allowed to tighten the price guidance down to 8.75%-9.00% p.a. The final coupon rate was eventually set at the lowest price guidance level i.e. at just 8.75% p.a.
This unique, innovative and truly successful transaction marks the 1st ever bond issue on the Russian market out of Kazakhstan and the 1st ever corporate bond issue by a foreign issuer on the Russian market out of the whole CIS region.
KZT’s strong credit history as well as rigorous and meticulous work done by KTZ together with its arrangers – including Halyk Finance – prior to launching this groundbreaking dual-listed Ruble issue has secured significant investor interest which was fully confirmed during the actual book-building process.
Mr. Arnat Abzhanov, Halyk Finance’s CEO, says that “we are honored that KTZ regularly mandates Halyk Finance as its trusted advisor on highly complex pioneering transactions to address KTZ’s funding needs and timely deliver the most optimal solution for the challenges faced. Many of our transactions not only set unique historic records for our client, but also become ice-breakers and positive disruptors for the entire Kazakhstan’s capital market as well. For instance, KTZ’s KZT 50 billion 10-year bond issuance in April 2016 – in which Halyk Finance acted as the Sole Financial Advisor and Underwriter – had been named “The Best Sub-Sovereign Bond in EMEA” by EMEA Finance, a renowned international finance magazine. Yet another example is KTZ’s dual-tranche Eurobond denominated in Swiss francs, which was effectively placed back in June 2014 when Halyk Finance had acted as the Joint Lead Manager & Joint Bookrunner. That deal had become the 1st-ever public CHF issue out of Kazakhstan and our client had successfully become the 1st Kazakhstan issuer in our country’s history to publicly tap the Swiss market,” adding that “the latest KTZ deal is not only an excellent continuation of our client’s credit history at a low borrowing rate when current tenge funding for a 5-year period is available only in the double-digit territory, but it also hands in new exciting funding alternatives to all other Kazakhstan’s issuers who had just learned how they themselves can diversify their funding sources and effectively employ the Russian capital market for raising debt finance on attractive terms.”