Government has announced a window for bondholders to complete processes for tendering their bonds in response to the terms of exchange as amended pursuant to the second amendment.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Finance and signed by Ken Ofori-Atta said the window ends at 4pm on Friday, February 10, 2023.
According to the Minister, it came to the attention of government that some bondholders experienced technical challenges as they tried to complete the online tender process.
It is believed that a sudden rush by bondholders to sign up close to the deadline placed a strain on the IT infrastructure.
Ofori-Atta explained that except for the announcement date which is now Monday February 13, that the timetable of the exchange has not been affected.
He stated that the settlement of exchange remains the scheduled date of Tuesday February 14, 2023.
“Except as set forth in this paragraph, the terms and conditions of the exchange are not modified or amended,” he added.
It reminded bondholders who could not complete the process to visit the website of the Central Securities Depository www.csd.com.gh.dde to complete the process
Ofori-Atta thanked bondholders who have so far tendered their bonds.
Improved offer for individual bondholders
Under the improved offer, all individual bondholders who are below the age of 59 years (Category A) are being offered instruments with a maximum maturity of 5 years, instead of 15 years, and a 10% coupon rate.
Improved offer for retirees
All retirees (including those retiring in 2023) (Category B) are being offered instruments with a maximum maturity of 5 years, instead of 15 years, and a 15% coupon rate.
Ofori-Atta said the objective of this is to ensure that individuals, especially retirees, who put their hard earned savings in the domestic market, are not left in hardship as a result of the DDEP and yet contribute to the resolution of the current crisis.
He said government was intentional in pushing the threshold of what is possible, in order to safeguard the well-being of our pensioners, preserve the savings of individuals, protect the working capital of businesses, ensure the health and stability of our financial sector and restore macroeconomic stability.
Significant amendments made
Significant amendments have enabled government to reach an agreement with key major domestic creditor categories including banks, insurance companies, capital market players and foreign holders of domestic debt in relation to their participation in the DDEP.
All of the institutional bondholders will be paid a 5% coupon on its 2023 bonds.
All other restructured bonds will pay 9% coupons, rather than the variable rates originally outlined.
Under the agreement, the government has removed all clauses in the Exchange Memorandum that empower the government to, at its sole discretion, vary the terms of the Exchange.