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1 Private Bank & Financing in Africa
24 June 2008 24 June 2008 Henry K. Hall, CFA Managing Director GEM Equity Derivative Sales, Structuring and Financing

2 Equity Linked Financing

3 Equity Linked Financing
Basic Concept Collateral Value Liquid Shares: possible to use market trading value Illiquid shares: need to rely on a new valuation based on trading levels of comparable companies. Market price used as reference only. This method has been recently applied by Merrill Lynch share financings in the CIS1 region Margining If the value of the portfolio decreases below a pre-determined value, the borrower would be expected to post margin payments (cash and/or acceptable securities). In special circumstances the bank may allow for the first call to be made in shares, and then switch to cash The deadline for posting cash of share collateral in most cases shall be 1 or 2 days If the secured shares are not a reliable margining benchmark, a proxy index or basket of shares can be used Alternatively - margining is based on audited accounts as a function of EBITDA, Sales or other financial indication multiple If the share value drops substantially, then the bank has the right to accelerate the loan Legal Structure The most simple version is the pledge of the local shares by the owner to the lender, but this works if the legal system in the jurisdiction if robust enough to allow easy and immediate enforcement of the pledge To ease the legal issues of the pledge, investors prefer an outright sale and repurchase of shares by the pledgor to the lender (assurances can be given for dividend pass through and proxy voting) in a Repo (Sale and Repurchase) transaction. Alternatively, if the holding company is in an offshore jurisdiction with English or similar law (e.g. Cyprus, BVI), a combination of local law pledge onshore and English law pledge of the shares in holding company can be used. The due diligence process shall specifically focus on the shareholder agreements and any side agreements that might contain pre-emptive shareholders rights. Note: 1 CIS region means Commonwealth of Independent States and include former USSR countries

4 Equity Linked Financing
Financing Structure Financing is provided to the holding company (or SPV), which owns or intends to own (in the case of acquisition financing) a portfolio of shares in an operating company(ies) In general such structures centre around the shareholder’s aim to obtain financing for developing new parts of the portfolio by unlocking value of the more developed parts of the portfolio Furthermore this type of loan does not interfere with the business of the operating asset itself We assume that the financing is provided at the holding company (HoldCo) level without recourse to the operating company (OpCo). This means that there is usually no operating company guarantee and the shares are the only security available to the lenders These structures generally require share collateral and participation in equity upside in addition to usual credit terms $ Loan Hold Co []% Ownership []% Share Pledge Op. Co. Interest, Principal & Equity Upside Sub 2 Sub 1 Sub 3 $ Project or Acquisition Potential Share Pledge

5 Equity Linked Financing
Repayment of Loan Deal Parameters If the shares are not liquid The loan needs higher collateral coverage: ([3]x-[4]x of the loan amount) A specific exit strategy is evaluated Dividends commitment Expected liquidity event, such as the sale of the investment project or an acquired asset Expected IPO of the operating company / assets Sale for a strategic buyer Block sale of some assets if there’s a strategic buyer available Put option from a strategic buyer or an investor If the shares are liquid, the sale and repurchase of shares in the open market may be possible Loan size equivalent to approximately [10] business days of average trading volume. The trading volume would normally include the aggregate volume of the local currency markets and the Global and/or American Depositary Receipts if applicable. Leverage Restrictions Financing amount may be influenced by the amount of debt at the operating company level The leverage of the operating company also has effect on the valuation of the shares After the financing is in place, certain covenants will be put on the loan The Bank will also look at the total leverage (at the holding and operating company) Upside If the borrower is not prepared to pay a higher spread, one way to achieve an equitable return for investors would be to give them some equity upside, for example, a call option on a portion of the shares in the secured portfolio This component becomes essential if the financing is extended for more than year

6 KES Senior Unsecured Loan

7 KES Senior Unsecured Loan
Structure and Benefits Transaction Description Client receives a loan of KES [6.7] billion for [3] years from Merrill Lynch Client pays [16.00]% per annum, calculated on the KES Loan Amount paid in USD using the then spot FX rate Client redeems the loan at the then equivalent USD Loan Amount [16.00]% x KES Loan Amount paid in USD at the then KES/USD rate Client Merrill Lynch [6.7] billion KES Loan Salient Features Client borrows in local currency (KES) Long Term Funding – 3 to 5 year maturities available from Merrill Lynch Attractive rate and size Financing from an International Institution

8 KES Senior Unsecured Loan
Summary of Terms

9 Dual Currency KES/USD Senior Unsecured Loan

10 Redemption KES [6.7] billion
Dual Currency (KES/USD) Senior Unsecured Loan Structure and Benefits Transaction Description Client receives a loan of KES [6.7] billion for 3 years Client pays [14.00]% per annum, calculated on the KES Loan Amount paid in USD using the then FX rate; or USD Libor +[2.00%] on the USD Loan Amount, at Merrill Lynch’s option Client redeems the loan at the then equivalent USD Loan Amount in KES; or the USD Loan Amount; at Merrill Lynch’s option [14.00]% x KES Loan Amount paid in USD OR (LIBOR +[2.00%] x USD Notional Amount Client Merrill Lynch [6.7] billion KES Loan Redemption KES [6.7] billion OR USD 100 million

11 Dual Currency (KES /USD) Senior Unsecured Loan
Structure and Benefits Salient Features Client borrows in local currency (KES) Lower cost of financing due to dual currency optionality given to Merrill Lynch ML can choose one of the two coupon options on the Interest Payment Date, therefore making the whole loan cheaper for the borrower This loan has a tighter margin than either borrowing in just USD or borrowing in just KES If the KES devalues strongly, loan repayments nominated by Merrill Lynch are likely to be in USD. If this is the case, it is more cost efficient than a straight USD Loan as the interest payments under the proposed structure are lower than interest payments that would be due under a straight USD Loan No risk of mismatch between Client’s assets and liabilities, as Client likely has revenues both in USD and in KES. Client is therefore monetising the optionality to use KES or USD balances that are prevalent on their balance sheet by lowering their cost of funding Financing from an International Institution

12 KES Dual Currency Senior Unsecured Loan
Summary of Terms

13 Convertible Loan Financings

14 Convertible Financing
Basic Structure Convertible loans, which convert to a fixed number of shares at maturity, at the option of the lender A typical maturity would be for 3-5 years By providing a call option on the shares of the company to the Lender through a convertible structure, the funding cost is more attractive than senior unsecured funding levels At maturity the borrower will have the obligation to either repay the Loan to the Lenders in Cash or Shares The strike price of the convertible is generally set above current market level which allows the Borrower to sell his stock in the future at higher prices, should the convertibility option at maturity be exercised by the Lender Lenders generally require that the Borrower facilitates the borrowing of the shares from the Company to the Lenders The structure also generally provides for protection to the Lenders against any change in dividend policies and anti-dilution and takeover protection In come structures investors may put the convertible bond back to the Issuer prior to maturity at a predefined Put Price

15 Convertible Financing
Key Indicative Deal Terms Issuer A Kenyan registered commercial banking company, or a Corporate Issue Size US$ [100],000,000 preferred stock/convertible loan (the “Loan") Maturity 2012 (5 year tenor) Security Shares pledged of the issued share capital of Issuer Selling Restrictions None. Private transaction between Kenyan bank or a Corporate and Merrill Lynch Coupon [●]% paid semi annually Conversion Rights Lenders can choose to be repaid by receiving shares at a conversion price equal to [110]% of current share price Early Redemption None Put Option Puttable at year [3] at the Put Price (to be determined) by the Lenders Currency US Dollars Governing Law English

16 Benefits Cheaper cost of financing, than senior unsecured loan
Sale of company stock at higher prices that the current stock price Treatment as senior unsecured debt Additional leverage for existing shareholders Compared to an equity issuance, the dilution effect is deferred until maturity of the Financing

17 Typical Deal Timeline

18 Typical Deal Timeline Indicative Timetable: 6 – 8 weeks

19 Trade Ideas and Equity Secured Financing Case Studies

20 Offshore Holding Company Onshore Operating Company
Financing Trade Ideas and Equity Secured Financing Case Studies Case Study Majority owner of a private metal sector company seeks 1 year bridge financing to purchase shares in a listed company Other commitments require funding solution using only his private equity stake in company 1 year financing is arranged using control stake of private equity worth 4 times the value of the loan Legal structure and multiple layers of pledge – onshore and offshore ensure full creditor access to collateral Loan Interest + Principal Use of Proceeds Blocking Share of OpCo Pledged & Portion of HoldCo Pledged Target Company Clean SPV Offshore Holding Company Payback Offshore Onshore Onshore Operating Company Ownership

21 Iron Ore Mining Rights Financing
Financing Trade Ideas and Equity Secured Financing Case Studies Iron Ore Mining Rights Financing ML’s structuring expertise and openness to non-standard risks can lead to attractive deals for investors Example: Majority owner of speculative natural resource company sought financing to buyout minority shareholders Company’s sole assets are iron ore mining rights premium Exit from the loan through international auction of mining rights by Merrill Lynch Merrill Lynch receives interest payment + equity upside determined at the time of the auction Selling Shareholder 1 Cash paid directly by ML to shareholder SPV purchases 30% stake 30% Shareholding Company (Limited Company) Before Funding: 50% shareholding After Funding: 100% shareholding Borrower (Panamian SPV) Loan Loan Pledge of 100% of Company shares 20% Shareholding SPV purchases 20% stake Selling Shareholder 2 Cash paid directly by ML to shareholder

22 Private Equity / Mezzanine Finance - Iron Ore Mining Rights Financing
Financing Trade Ideas and Equity Secured Financing Case Studies Private Equity / Mezzanine Finance - Iron Ore Mining Rights Financing Financing for LBO in attractive agro-business sector The exit is in three years via an IPO or trade sale Merrill Lynch arranging: USD30m Private Equity; and USD70m Mezzanine Debt financing in partnership with the management team 2-3 year trade with high risk/high reward characteristics Equity target ROE is >30% $70 MM Mezzanine Financing + Principal repayment + Asset security Management to augment or replace existing team with experienced individuals Debt Merrill Lynch - Agent And/or Partial investor Agribusiness Company Equity $30m Equity investment

23 Case Study: Oceanic Bank Bilateral Loan

24 Oceanic Bank – US$175m Bilateral Loan
Transaction Summary Transaction Overview Summary Terms & Conditions In May 2007, Merrill Lynch closed a US$175m bi-lateral financing with Oceanic Bank International Plc Financing in both Nigerian Naira (NGN) and US dollars First ever multi currency loan in Sub Saharan Africa Longest maturity bank financing to date from Nigeria The orderbook encompassed hedge funds, banks and asset managers from 6 countries Geographical Distribution of Allocations Investor Type Distribution of Allocations Orders were received from the United States, UK, Asia, and Scandinavia

25 Interest & Principal Payments
Oceanic Bank – US$175m Bilateral Loan Transaction Structure Nigeria Counterparties Offshore Interest & Principal Payments Oceanic Bank Merrill Lynch International Hedge Funds / Asset Managers Risk Syndication Loan Agreement Dual Currency Loan

26 Oceanic Bank – US$175mn Bilateral Dual Currency Loan
Press Coverage May 2007

27 Merrill Lynch - Africa Credentials
March 2007 $175,000,000 First Bank of Nigeria 9.750% LT2 10NC5 March 2007 $480,000,000 Federal Republic of Nigeria Final London Club Debt Repayment 2005 US$1,553 million Multi-Tranche Oil Receivables Securitisation EGPC 2004 €450 million Due April 2011 Joint Lead Manger Republic of Tunisia 2004 Advisor on Securitisation of Future Flows National Bank of Egypt 2004 ¥15 billion First Ever 4.3% Global Samurai Bond Due 2030 Sole Bookrunner Central Bank of Tunisia 2003 €330 million Due Feb 2013 Joint Lead Manger Republic of Tunisia 2003 €400 million Due July 2008 Joint Lead Manager Kingdom of Morocco 2002 US$650 million 7.325% Global Bond Due 2012 Lead Manager Central Bank of Tunisia 2001 US$1.5 billion Inaugural Bond Joint Lead Manager Government of Egypt 2001 ¥35 billion 2.27% Global Samurai Bond Due 2006 Sole Bookrunner Central Bank of Tunisia 2001 ¥20 billion 4.2% Global Samurai Bond Due 2031 Sole Bookrunner Central Bank of Tunisia 2001 €500 million 7.000% due April 2008 Joint Lead Manager Republic of South Africa 2000 ¥35 billion 3.3% Global Samurai Bond Due 2010 Sole Bookrunner Central Bank of Tunisia

28 Discussion Parameters
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