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Abu Dhabi issues $10bn multi-tranche bonds

ABU DHABI, October 6, 2019

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi recently priced a $10 billion multi-tranche international bond offering, demonstrating strong investor confidence in its solid credit fundamentals, a media report said.

The transaction comprised three tranches: (i) $3 billion, 2.125 percent, due in 2024, which priced at 65 bps over US Treasuries; (ii) $3 billion, 2.500 percent, due in 2029, which priced at 85 bps over US Treasuries; and (iii) $4 billion, 3.125 percent, due in 2049, which priced at 110 bps over US Treasuries, reported state news agency Wam.

The bonds were well received in the international debt capital markets, with the order book peaking at over $25 billion with orders coming from over 650 unique accounts.

Jassem Mohamed Bu Ataba AlZaabi, chairman of the Department of Finance Abu Dhabi said: "The success of the issuance is a testament of investor confidence in the Government of Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s economic and political stability and the strong credit story.

“We are pleased to witness the achievement of the lowest ever coupons by the Government of Emirate of Abu Dhabi since the debut issuance in 2007. The Government of Emirate of Abu Dhabi has managed to achieve the tightest 5-, 10-, and 30-year coupon for a GCC conventional bond. This reflects on the investors’ high confidence in the Emirate’s wise leadership, continuous focused growth strategy as well as its high buffers."

Investor confidence in the Government of Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s credit story was reflected in the aggregate order book, which reached in excess of $25 billion from over 650 unique accounts. The transaction marks the largest 30-year tranche by the Government of Emirate of Abu Dhabi and achieved the tightest ever spreads by a Mena sovereign across the tenors and lowest coupon on 10 and 30-years Eurobond achieved by a Mena Issuer since the Government of Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s first ever issuance in 2007.

The final geographical allocation for the bonds stood at 78 per cent from international investors, and 22 per cent from Middle East investors.

The final geographic allocation for the 5-year Bonds was 75 per cent international investors (9 per cent to Asian investors, 30 per cent to European and UK investors, 36 per cent to US investors) and 25 per cent to investors from the Mena.

The allocation for the 10-year Bonds was 68 per cent international investors (9 per cent to Asian investors, 36 per cent to European and UK investors, 23 per cent to US investors) and 32 per cent to investors from the Mena.

The allocation for the 30-year Bonds was 91 per cent international investors (15 per cent to Asian investors, 31 per cent European and UK investors, 45 per cent to US investors) and 9 per cent to investors from the Mena.

The final investor types allocation for the 5-year Bonds was 56 per cent to fund managers, 36 per cent to banks and corps, 1 per cent to Insurance & Pension Funds, 7 per cent to others.

The final investor types allocation for the 10-year Bonds was 50 per cent to fund managers, 42 per cent to banks and corps, 5 per cent to others, 3 per cent to insurance & Pension Funds. The final investor types allocation for the 30-year Bonds was 71 per cent to Fund managers, 13 per cent to Insurance & Pension Funds, 12 per cent to banks & corporates, 4 per cent to others.

BNP Paribas, Citigroup, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and MUFG were joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and SMBC Nikko were co-lead managers for the offering.




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