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10/16/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2020 10:12

Bahamas Registered Stock Initial Public Offering October 2020

Bahamas Registered Stock Initial Public Offering October 2020

Published: Friday October 16th, 2020

PROSPECTUS

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

BAHAMAS REGISTERED STOCK (No. 4) 2021 ISSUE OF B$75,000,000 ISSUED UNDER THE BAHAMAS

REGISTERED STOCK ACT

Prospectus Date: October 15, 2020

Issuer: Bahamas Government Open Date: October 23, 2020 (9:30 a.m.)
Registrar: Central Bank of The Bahamas Close Date: October 27, 2020 (3:00 p.m.)
Organizer: Central Bank of The Bahamas Settlement: October 29, 2020
First Int Pmt: April 29, 2021
Calendar: Actual/365
Security ID Issue Size (B$) Can Grow/Shrink? Unit Share (B$) Tenor (Years) Interest (Fixed) Maturity Interest Payment
BGR140021 75,000,000 Yes 100 1 2.78% October 29, 2020 Semi-annual
75,000,000

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-minimum of $100.00. 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.

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

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.

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

1. 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.

2. 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.

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].