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Bahamas Registered Stock IPO July 2020

Published: Monday June 29th, 2020
PROSPECTUS

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

BAHAMAS REGISTERED STOCK 2023, 2025, 2027, 2030, 2040 AND 2050 ISSUE OF B$50,000,000 ISSUED

UNDER THE BAHAMAS REGISTERED STOCK ACT

Prospectus Date: June 29, 2020

Issuer: Bahamas Government Open Date: July 09, 2020 (9:30 a.m.)
Registrar: Central Bank of The Bahamas Close Date: July 14, 2020 (3:00 p.m.)
Organizer: Central Bank of The Bahamas Settlement: July 16, 2020
    First Int Pmt: December 15, 2020 (short)
    Calendar: Actual/365

The Central Bank of The Bahamas will not accept applications after 3:00 p.m. each day.

Security ID Issue Size (B$) Can Grow/Shrink? Unit Share (B$) Tenor (Years) Interest (Fixed) Maturity Interest Payment
BGR138123 750,000 Yes 100 3 3.05% June 15, 2023 Semi-annual
BGR138125 500,000 Yes 100 5 3.60% June 15, 2025 Semi-annual
BGR138127 750,000 Yes 100 7 4.25% June 15, 2027 Semi-annual
BGR138130 3,000,000 Yes 100 10 5.00% June 15, 2030 Semi-annual
BGR138140 20,000,000 Yes 100 20 5.60% June 15, 2040 Semi-annual
BGR138150 25,000,000 Yes 100 30 6.05% June 15, 2050 Semi-annual
  50,000,000            

Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic the Central Bank will observe the below changes to the procedures for Bahamas Registered Stock Initial Public Offerings

Payments: Subscription amounts should be made electronically. Settlement instructions for Central Bank are as follows:

Beneficiary Bank: Central Bank of The Bahamas 
BIC: CBBHBSNS(XXX) 
Account: CBOB General Account 1315010051 
Branch Code: 10000 (if applicable) 
Details: Applicant Name + NIB Number + BRS Application

Requirements: (1) Bahamian E-Passport; or (2) NIB Smart Card paired with one of the following: Bahamian Driver's License, National Identity Card, Permanent Residence Permit, other National Passport, or Spousal Permit. New Business customers must present a list of its authorized signatories along with Memorandum/Articles of Association.

Refunds: Refunds will be made within three business days following the settlement date. No interest will be paid on amounts refunded.

Certificates: Commencing July 2020, the Central Bank will discontinue printing physical bond certificates. Within three business days following settlement, electronic transaction notices confirming allocations will be sent to each participating customer's email address of record.

Allocation: Securities will be awarded in accordance with the Central Bank's priority level allocation process, with priority given to individual applications in amounts up to $250,000. All other applications-individuals greater than $250,000 and institutions-will be classified as Priority Level 2 and may result in a proration in the event of an oversubscription.

Liquidation: The early redemption of securities with maturities less than 20 years can be processed at the Central Bank. Securities with times to maturity greater than 20 years cannot be held by the Central Bank. As such, secondary market transactions for such securities must take place on an investor-to-investor basis.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE CENTRAL BANK'S AMENDED PROCEDURES TO ACCOMODATE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ARE ATTACHED

Notice on Changes to Public Debt Market Operations  Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (Revised)

The public is advised of the following changes to the Central Bank’s domestic market operations:

A. Discontinuance of acceptance of physical BRS applications and bank drafts

B. Requirements for independent certification of new client identification

C. Suspension of physical certificate collection

D. Suspension of requirements for delivery of physical certificates for BRS maturities

The changes are further explained below:

A. Discontinuance of acceptance of physical BRS applications and bank drafts

In keeping with the Bank's COVID-19 pandemic response, please note that until further notice clients would not be permitted to enter the Bank, for any reason-this includes submission of Bahamas Registered Stock applications and payments. As such, clients wishing to participate in the upcoming IPO must:

1. Complete an electronic application: https://www.centralbankbahamas.com/download/095928200.pdf

2. Sign and submit the application to the domestic debt email address [email protected] with the subject "BRS Application" + "Client Name".

3. Make payments to Central Bank electronically. Depending on the facility of your commercial bank, payments can be made in one of three ways:

  • a. Online banking,
  • b. Mobile banking app, or
  • c. Going directly into the branch and requesting a wire transfer.

Settlement instructions for Central Bank are as follows:

Beneficiary Bank: Central Bank of The Bahamas
BIC: CBBHBSNS(XXX)
Account: CBOB General Account #1315010051
Branch Code: 10000 (if applicable)
Details: Applicant Name + NIB Number + "BRS Application"

Receipt of all applications and payments will be confirmed via email.

B. Requirements for client identification documents

a. Existing investors, who already have investment accounts for BRS, can submit their applications by email and have their payments processed by wire transfers through their commercial banks.

b. New investors can establish their BRS accounts by having their KYC due diligence submissions endorsed by their existing bank, and by submitting the application by email.

C. Suspension of physical certificate collection

The Bank has printed and maintains an inventory of BRS certificates issued prior to July 2020 for the duration of enhanced COVID-19 measures The Central Bank wishes to thank you for your cooperation and patience as we make changes to ensure the safety of both clients and staff. Should you have further queries or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email at [email protected]