NBAD places $32m renminbi bond
Abu Dhabi, October 13, 2012
Leading UAE lender National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) said its Hong Kong branch has completed its second offshore renminbi bond in a CNH200 million ($32 million) one-year issue at 3.1 per cent.
That pricing translated to around 135bp over Libor, assuming mid-swaps, said BNP Paribas, which arranged the deal, which will settle on October 16.
NBAD's debut offshore renminbi bond issue was a CNH100m 1-year note issue at 2.9 per cent in early September this year. That piece was quoted at 3.418 per cent/2.917 per cent in the secondary market.
The borrower joins a handful of Gulf-headquartered institutions, including Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Emirates NBD, which have tapped the Dim Sum market.
But most of the deals have been small in sizes as they have been triggered by reverse inquiries. The last Middle Eastern Dim Sum was ADCB Islamic Finance (Cayman)'s CNH100m 5-year note issue at a yield of 4.125 per cent last week.
The first Dim Sum from that region emerged when the A3/A+ rated Dubai lender Emirates NBD closed its debut CNH750m offshore renminbi-denominated 3-year bond at 4.875 per cent in March this year.-Reuters