Islamabad: Recently there have been a number of reports in both print and electronic media regarding the issue by the Government of Pakistan (“GoP”) of an Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (“OGDCL”) Exchangeable Bond (“EB”) transaction. The Privatisation Commission wishes to clarify the factual situation for the general public as follows:
Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (“CCOP”) approved in principle the issue by GoP of an OGDCL EB in its meeting held on 8th March 2011. The OGDCL EB allowed for the return of the GoP to international capital markets after a prolonged gap of four years. It was also decided that due to the hybrid nature of the instrument, the transaction will be jointly managed by Ministry of Privatisation and Finance Division. The hiring of a consortium of financial advisors was completed in May when Citibank, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and BMA were selected.
It was the intention of GoP to complete the transaction within the current fiscal year. However the international financial markets became extremely volatile towards the end of the fiscal year due the Greece Crisis and weak economic data emerging from USA. These facts were highlighted to the CCOP and it was decided to postpone launch of the EB and that the transaction will only be launched at an opportune time in the future as and when the markets recover.
Global Investor Meetings: Pakistan Reconnects with the global investor community
Meanwhile, the CCOP also decided that a series of investor meetings will be held for the GoP and OGDCL in the week of June 20th in Hong Kong, Singapore and London. A consortium of leading global investment banks comprising of Citibank, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse arranged these meetings for the GoP and OGDCL. These meetings were not road shows for any specific transaction and no terms of any specific transaction were shared The meetings provided the opportunity to GoP to share with international financial market participants the key economic reforms undertaken by GoP, its planned privatisation program and to showcase strong state-owned entities such as OGDCL.
The meetings were well received by the global financial community. The purpose of the meetings was to familiarize the international financial community with developments in Pakistan, since it has not entered the international capital markets for the last 4 years.
The GoP will continue to review its options for accessing the international markets at an opportune time.
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