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ISSUE 4.8 TIMES OVERSUBSCRIBED

Jassem Mohammed Bu Ataba Al Zaabi

Abu Dhabi issues $5bn USD-denominated bonds

ABU DHABI, 26 days ago

The UAE emirate of Abu Dhabi has issued $5 billion USD-denominated bonds across three maturity periods, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Finance (DoF) has announced.
 
The issuance successfully attracted strong investor demand and underpinned the emirate's commitment to delivering on its comprehensive economic development strategy, it said.
 
The issuance included a $1.75 billion tranche maturing in 5 years with a coupon rate of 4.875%, a $1.5 billion tranche maturing in 10 years with a coupon rate of 5.0%, and a $1.75 billion tranche maturing in 30 years with a coupon rate of 5.5%.
 
The rates represent a 35-basis point spread over 5-year US Treasuries, a 45-basis point spread over 10-year Treasuries, and a 90-basis point spread over 30-year Treasuries. The issuance was 4.8 times oversubscribed and the pricing landed meaningfully inside fair value. The spread achieved by Abu Dhabi represents the tightest spread ever achieved by the emirate and the tightest spread ever achieved by any issuer in the CEEMEA region for 5, 10, and 30-year issuances, a testament to the deep trust international investors place in Abu Dhabi's financial stability, even during periods of increased volatility.
 
Rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Fitch have both assigned a credit rating of 'AA' to the bonds. 
 
Jassem Mohammed Bu Ataba Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Department of Finance – Abu Dhabi, said: “This successful issuance was backed by strong demand from global investors, and is in line with our long-term approach and philosophy for conservative and optimal debt management, under our AA credit ratings. The investor appetite and the lowest spreads ever achieved by an issuer in the CEEMEA region, stand testament to global investor confidence in Abu Dhabi’s financial stability as well as its positive long-term economic outlook.”
 
The bond issuance was managed by lead managers and underwriters including Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Citi, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Standard Chartered Bank.  –TradeArabia News Service
 



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