CMA lauds the success of the first tranche of the bond issued by the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company
Nairobi, 22 February 2022… The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has lauded the 480 percent oversubscription of the first tranche of the unsecured Medium-Term Note (MTN) Programme issued by the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC). KMRC issued the first tranche of Ksh1.4 billion but received applications worth Ksh8.1 billion.
CMA granted KMRC approval to issue an unsecured Ksh10.5 billion MTN Programme in January 2022 which is being issued in tranches. The notes will also be listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).
The CMA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wyckliffe Shamiah, while announcing the results of the KMRC MTN Programme said; ‘’this is a major milestone which positions the capital markets as a source of funding to support productive economic activities such as delivery of affordable housing, which is one of the pillars of the National Big Four Agenda. It affirms the growing issuer and investor confidence in the bond market’’.
KMRC will use the proceeds for on-lending by extending long term loans to primary mortgage lenders to increase availability of affordable housing finance in Kenya. Affordable housing is a pillar of the Big Four National Government Agenda.
CMA also approved a Ksh3.9 billion Medium Term Note Programme for Urban Housing Renewal Development Limited in December 2021, whose proceeds will be used to support an affordable housing project in Nairobi.
One of the constraints of the growth of housing in Kenya is the financing constraint with total mortgages in Kenya at under 30,000 as mortgages remain out of the reach of many Kenyans, while the houses units in the market are also relatively expensive.
Mr. Shamiah also noted the enhanced confidence in the bond market with the oversubscription of 245 percent reported for the EABL medium term notes listed at the NSE in November 2021. CMA approved an issuance to raise Kshs11 billion, but applications were received for nearly Ksh38 billion.
He added that in the last 14 months, the Authority has approved the issuance and listing of the Centum Investments Company Plc Kshs4 billion medium-term note, the EABL Kshs11 billion MTN Programme, which reported a 245 percent oversubscription, and the multicurrency Family Bank medium-term note, which recorded an oversubscription of 147 percent.
The oversubscription of the KMRC, EABL and Family Bank corporate bond issues by 480, 245 and 147 percent, respectively, indicates enhanced investor confidence and growing liquidity in the market.
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