July 22, 2019 / 7:22 AM / 2 months ago

Kenya's TransCentury, EA Cables say complete debt restructuring

NAIROBI, July 22 (Reuters) - Kenya’s East African Cables and its parent firm TransCentury Ltd have completed a debt restructuring deal that has reduced the group’s debt by almost half, they said on Monday.

TransCentury, which was founded by a group of Kenyan investors in 1997, invested in a range of infrastructure companies, including East African Cables but has struggled with a heavy debt burden, losses and a plunge in its share price.

The woes followed a series of poor investments including an attempt to revive the colonial era Kenya-Uganda railway, which failed and left TransCentury saddled with debts.

Restructuring reduced the group’s debt by 1.65 billion Kenyan shillings ($16 million), or 44 percent of the group’s total, and offered a 10-year extension to the tenure of remaining debts, both firms said in a statement.

They did not provide details of the deal, which also led to a two-year moratorium on principal repayments and a six-month moratorium on interest payments.

The deal cuts the combined group’s debt service cash requirements by more than 80% in the next two years, the companies said.

($1 = 103.1100 Kenyan shillings)

Reporting by Duncan Miriri Editing by Edmund Blair

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