The consortium is comprised of the following banks with each committing to provide the below amounts:
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Cayman) Limited
US$115 million (CI$94.3 million)
Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited
US$143 million (CI$117.26 million)
Cayman National Bank Ltd.
US$115 million (CI$94.3 million)
RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited
US$30 million (CI$24.6 million)
A total of US$403 million is being made available under the LoC and the same amount is available under the long-term loan facility.
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is the Structuring and Administrative Agent for the consortium. Butterfield and Republic Bank Limited acted alongside CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank as Lead Arrangers.
The tendering process for the facilities commenced and concluded with, respectively, the Ministry of Finance‘s Entity Procurement Committee’s approval and the Public Procurement Committee’s review and scrutiny.
The Honourable Minister for Finance stated, “The terms submitted in the bid are keenly competitive. These facilities demonstrate that the Government of the Cayman Islands continues to be regarded as a high-quality sovereign as is reflected in our Moody’s rating of Aa3. The tender followed all required procurement guidelines. It is very pleasing to me that we are seeing local commercial banks come together and submit a single bid to the Government of the Cayman Islands, thereby demonstrating their confidence in the Government and the country as a whole. This is a win for Government and a win for the people of the Cayman Islands.”
Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin said, “This Government’s strong fiscal management, with past healthy annual surpluses, paying-down debt and growing our reserves, meant we were in a good place economically and financially before COVID-19. This has provided the necessary buffer that we knew we would need one day. Because of our strong fiscal position we are in a better place than most countries. Whilst we have access to this line of credit, we do not expect to need to use it before the end of Q2, 2021. In effect, this is a much needed “insurance policy” for the Cayman Islands. I would like to thank Minister McTaggart and his team for the stellar job in getting this line of credit and the long-term loan facility successfully awarded and soon to be in place.”
An Appropriation for a possible CI$500 million borrowing will be presented to the Legislative Assembly at its next Meeting and to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office for approval prior to accessing any of the funds from the LoC. This Appropriation will include the possible US$403 (CI$330) million loan under this line of credit as well as provide the ability of Government to borrow an additional sum up to CI$170 million, if it becomes necessary.
At the expiration of the 18-month LoC, any amount advanced and unpaid under the LoC will be converted to a 15-year, fixed interest rate amortising loan. Both the LoC and the long-term loan are priced at 3.25% per annum – the current Prime Rate offered by local banks. The cost to put the LoC and long-term loan facility in place will be approximately US$2.4 million.
Any use of the funds will address needs resulting from Government’s loss of revenue and its increased expenditure related to COVID-19 – particularly increased expenditure by Government to support the vulnerable in our community and business entities across the Islands that have experienced financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.
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