Fitch Ratings upgrades Afreximbank to ‘BBB’

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Cairo, 15 July 2022 – Fitch Ratings has upgraded African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB-‘, noting that the outlook is “Stable”.

Fitch Ratings highlighted that Afreximbank has strengthened its institutional role and raised its profile as the main multilateral development bank focused on supporting the public and private sectors in Africa. The Credit Rating Agency also noted the increasing number of key mandates being implemented by the Bank in support of the African Union initiatives, which it said, “is further evidence of the bank’s rising profile”.

Another driver behind the Bank’s improved rating was its strong capitalisation. Fitch Ratings cited Afreximbank’s recent US$6.5 billion capital increase in paid-in and callable capital approved by the Bank’s board of directors in June 2021, which it said highlights the Bank’s importance to its shareholders.

Afreximbank has consistently maintained a strong capital position, which is necessary for the Bank’s long term financial health and development of its business. Under its current General Capital Increase, the Bank has made consistent progress and raised a total of US$2.8 billion in paid-in and callable capital as at June 30, 2022, illustrating that the Bank is well on its way to achieving the US$ 6.5billion capital raising plan across all existing shareholder classes by the end of the current strategic plan.

Professor Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank, said:

“The upgrade of Afreximbank credit rating by Fitch confirms that we are on the right track. Afreximbank continues to prove the relevance of its mandate and the usefulness of its approach to delivering transformational initiatives to Africa. We have been aggressively pursuing the promotion of intra-African trade and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, while putting in place appropriate emergency response instruments for crisis intervention in Africa. The Bank’s consistent and prudent response to Member Countries’ needs during difficult times and prudent management of exposures has earned it the confidence of its Shareholders.

We are committed to working with our diverse partners both within and outside Africa as we contribute to delivering the African Union’s ‘Agenda 2023: The Africa We Want’.”

To read more on Fitch Ratings upgrade review, see here.

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About Afreximbank

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance and promote intra-and extra-African trade. Afreximbank deploys innovative structures to deliver financing solutions that support the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby boosting economic expansion in Africa. A stalwart supporter of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Afreximbank has launched a Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) that was adopted by the African Union (AU) as the payment and settlement platform to underpin the implementation of the AfCFTA. Afreximbank is working with the AU and the AfCFTA Secretariat to develop an Adjustment Facility to support countries in effectively participating in the AfCFTA. At the end of 2021, the Bank’s total assets and guarantees stood at about US$25 billion, and its shareholder funds amounted to US$4 billion. Afreximbank disbursed more than US$51 billion between 2016 and 2021. The Bank has ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A-), Moody’s (Baa1), Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR) (A-) and Fitch (BBB). The Bank is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.

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