AFC Closes Financing Deal For West Africa’s Top Crude Oil Refinery

Africa Finance Corporation announces it has successfully closed a €577 Million debt financing for Société Ivoirienne de Raffinage (SIR) of Côte d’Ivoire. AFC’s participation was for €192Million.

The corporation was Sole Mandated Lead Arranger for the transaction.

“SIR has an installed capacity of 3.8 Million tonnes per annum of refining capacity and is currently the largest and most sophisticated operational refinery in West Africa”, THE AFC says in a release.

The purpose of the Facility is to repay historical obligations on crude supply, provide a long tenured facility and reduce the interest rate of SIR’s stock of debt. The Facility comprises a Euro tranche with a 9-year maturity and a West African CFA franc tranche with a 7-year maturity. The long-term funding solution to refinance historical accrued debts will free up resources to enable SIR to make much needed investments in its current operations and upgrade its facility and production processes to align with current environmental emissions standards and expand its business, thereby contributing to job creation.

Participating banks include AFC, Deutsche Bank, ICBC Standard Bank, United Bank for Africa, NSIA Bank and Bridge Bank. Counsel for the Lenders was Norton Rose Fulbright and Bilé-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associés.

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