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Angola said to discuss $500m loan with Gemcorp

Jul 08 2016 14:29
Paul Wallace and Candido Mendes

Luanda - Gemcorp Capital is negotiating with Angola about providing Africa’s biggest oil producer with a loan of about $500m even as the IMF said the country called off talks over financial support, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Talks are continuing to set up a facility for the Angolan Ministry of Finance to enable it to get dollars for the purchase of medicine and food and an agreement hasn’t yet been completed, the person said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private. Gemcorp is a London-based investor focusing on emerging markets.

A ministry spokesperson in Luanda, the capital, said he couldn’t immediately comment. Gemcorp declined to comment when their offices in Luanda were visited.

A loan may provide some relief for Angola, whose economy has been battered by the plunge in oil prices since mid-2014. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said the government is generating "barely enough" revenue to pay off its debt.

During a July 1 broadcast on state television. A day earlier, the International Monetary Fund said Angola had called off talks about a bailout loan.

Investors have sold Angolan assets in response. Yields on the country’s $1.5bn of Eurobonds due in November 2025 jumped 67 basis points on the day of Dos Santos’ comments. The yield rose 3 basis points to 10.61% by 11:34 a.m. in Luanda.

Gemcorp, founded two years ago and led by Atanas Bostandjiev, who formerly worked for Goldman Sachs Group and Russia’s VTB Capital, has previously done deals in Angola, a 2015 statement from the Angolan government shows.

It has a 3% stake in Banco Atlantico and provided the government with a $300m loan in May last year.

Deals arranged by VTB Capital in Angola include being among four Russian lenders that provided $278m of loans to the southwest African nation in 2011. Angola later picked VTB to manage a $1bn bond.

angola  |  economy  |  africa economy
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