Fitch Withdraws Nigeria’s Seven Energy Ratings

Fitch the global rating agency based in New York on Thursday the 23rd November 2017, has withdrawn the Nigerian based Seven Energy International Limited’s Long Term Issuer Default Rating of RD (Restricted Default) and Seven Energy Finance Limited’s $300m face value 10.25% senior secured notes due 2021 of ‘C’ with a ‘RR6’ Recovery Rating. Amee Attri, Principal Analyst in a statement said “Fitch is withdrawing the ratings of Seven Energy as the company has chosen to stop participating in the rating process. Therefore, Fitch will no longer have sufficient information to maintain the ratings. Accordingly, Fitch will no longer provide ratings or analytical coverage for Seven Energy.”

In a statement on the 14th of November 2017, “Seven Energy announced that Savannah Petroleum will acquire substantially all of the valuable assets of Seven Energy. These assets are to be transferred to Savannah subject to completion of a financial restructuring of Seven Energy. According to the announcement, Seven Energy’s noteholders will receive their pro rata share of USD52.5 million in newly-issued Savannah equity and an USD87.5 million cash payment, to discharge all notes and release of claims against the entities being acquired by Savannah.”

Seven Energy once had the vision of building the largest domestic gas infrastructure network around Nigeria to support the distribution of gas across terminals, households and power plants to power the needs of Africa’s largest economy, that is home to 196 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the fourth last deposits of natural gas in the world.

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The Oil producing Angola in the Southern part of Africa faces what Nigeria faced 12months ago; a distortion in its exchange rate with a difference between the official markets and the parallel black markets. One dollar through the official window buys you 166 kwanza, while one dollar through the black market buys you 400 kwanza. Nigeria faced the same challenge 12months ago, when the distortion between the official and black markets was as much as the official markets trading at 306 with the parallel market ranging from 450 through to 510. The Central Bank Governor of Angola, Jose de Massano Junior announced in Luanda “We will stop having a fixed foreign exchange, we will adopt a floating regime of foreign exchange”. Angola faces exactly the same challenges and has been applying the exact same responses to an exchange rate crisis like using its foreign reserves that was sitting at $26bn to defend the currency kwanza, with no success so far, even though the external reserves has dropped to $14bn. Angola relies on Oil receipts for 80% of its government revenue, 90% of its inflow and 50% of its GDP. Angola is a $194bn economy that has been growing at an average of 10% on the back of rising oil prices since 2002 when its 27 year old civil war that started in 1975 ended. The state national oil company Sonangol reports that it produces up to 1.8m barrels of crude oil daily, however the government that until now has being led by the family dynasty Jose Eduardo dos Santos until recently when succession saw power transferred to Joao Lourenco, reports that the oil price rout in 2015/2016 that saw prices drop to as low as $28 per barrel caused ripples across the economic structures of the government, upsetting government revenues, its ability to fund its budget, capital project funding, foreign direct investments into the economy as a result of a currency crisis that was driven by the widening of gap between the official and street window of the kwanza, that until now has been pegged in a fixed exchange rate regime to the US Dollar.