BANK OF GHANA
NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
NOTICE NO. BG/TD/2013 /07
PROSPECTUS FOR THE ISSUE OF GH¢400 MILLION
GOVERNMENT OF GHANA 3-YEAR FIXED RATE BOND
1. INVITATION OF BIDS
Further to the Bank of Ghana Notice No.: BG/TD/2012/58 on the Issuance Calendar for Government of Ghana securities for the half-year period: 1st January – 30th June, 2013, the Bank of Ghana invites bids for the issue of the above instrument on behalf of the Government of Ghana through the Auction process.
The instrument will be Ghana Cedi-denominated and will be issued at par. It shall bear a coupon rate equal to the highest competitive bid accepted at the auction for the security. The coupon rate so fixed shall carry throughout the term of the security.
Issuer: Government of Ghana
Purpose: For Government budget support and to rollover maturing debt Amount: GH¢400 million
Issue Method: Through an auction to be held on 7th March, 2013
Price: The instrument shall be issued at par.
Denomination: Each Bond shall have a face value of one Ghana cedi.
Minimum Bid: GH¢50,000 and multiples of GH¢1,000 thereafter.Coupon: To be determined at the auction to be held on 7th March, 2013, as described under (1) above.
Interest Payment: Semi-annually from the Issue Date, in September and March. The amount of interest paid on every coupon payment date shall be equal to the principal amount at the coupon rate for half-year.
Withholding Tax: The Internal Revenue Act 2000 requires the Bank to withhold tax in respect of interest payments to resident corporations holding Bonds on their own account at the rate of 10% of the gross amount of the payment. Interest paid to a non-resident holder (individual and institution) on Bonds issued
by the Government of Ghana is exempt from tax.
Application Methods: Bids may be made on either a competitive or noncompetitive
basis through Primary Dealers only. Primary Dealers may also submit bids on their own behalf. Bids received
will not be revocable.
Participation: The 3-year Fixed Rate Bond shall be available to both resident and non-resident investors.
Closing Date: Bids must be electronically delivered to the Central Securities Depository Auction Module not later than 1.30 pm on Thursday, 7th March, 2013.
Allocation of Bonds: The Bank of Ghana reserves the right to reject any or part of any competitive or non-competitive bid. Subject to this, competitive bids will be ranked in ascending order of the annual rate of interest bid. Securities will be sold to applicants whose competitive bids are at or below the highest rate at which the Bank of Ghana decides that any competitive bid would be accepted (the "uniform allocation rate").
Applicants whose competitive bids are accepted will purchase securities at par with the coupon fixed at the uniform allocation rate. Competitive bids which are accepted and which are made at rates below the uniform allocation rate will be satisfied in full. Competitive bids which are accepted and which are made at the uniform allocation rate may be satisfied in part only. Non-competitive bids will be accepted at the uniform allocation rate.
Settlement: Settlement shall take place on 11th March, 2013.
Register: The Register will be maintained on a book-entry system on the Central Securities Depository and therefore no certificates will be issued.
Listing of Bonds: The security shall be listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) for secondary market trading both on the floor of the Exchange or over the counter (OTC). Trading in the securities is subject to the listing rules of the GSE for Government Securities.
Redemption The Bond shall be redeemed by the issuer on the maturity date, which shall be 7th March, 2016. Such redemption shall be at par.
12th February, 2013