October 6, 2016 / 5:00 PM / a year ago

South Africa's MTN taps fixed income market for $1 billion

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 6 (Reuters) - South Africa’s MTN has raised $1 billion in two dollar bonds, the telecoms firm said on Thursday, the first such issue by Africa’s biggest wireless carrier by sales since 2014.

MTN reported its first ever half-year loss last month, dragged into the red by an agreement to pay a $1 billion fine in its biggest market Nigeria for missing a deadline to cut off unregistered SIM cards.

“Proceeds of the issue, which is due to settle on 13 October 2016, will be used for purposes of capital expenditure; to pay down working capital facilities; and for general corporate purposes,” MTN said in a statement.

The firm, which does the bulk of its business in emerging markets, said it had successfully priced notes of $500 million maturing in February 2022 and another $500 million maturing in October 2026.

The five year note has a coupon of 5.373 percent and the ten year note 6.5 percent, compared to a coupon of 4.755 percent for its last 10 year issue in 2014. (Reporting by TJ Strydom; Editing by Joe Brock)

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