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Abu Dhabi’s US$5bn bonds get strong global response

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The Emirate of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday announced that it has successfully issued its benchmark dual-tranche 5 and 10 years, US$ 5bn bonds.
The 5-year Bonds was priced on 25th April 2016 at a yield of 2.218%; the 10-year Bonds with a yield of 3.154% with a spread of 85bps and 125bps respectively, over the relevant US Treasury securities.
The bonds were significantly oversubscribed, with an aggregate of over 600 orders, exceeding US$17 billion, with strong demand from both international and regional accounts, according to the Department of Finance press release.
Commenting on the issuance, Riyad Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Finance Abu Dhabi, said, “We received positive feedback from investors during this process, which serves as a testament to the Emirate’s solid credit standing and the high trust it enjoys in the global market. Abu Dhabi’s wise leadership strategy, diversification efforts, successful management of Sovereign Wealth Funds and great strides it has achieved in education, health and infrastructure, have set it as a role model for the region and the world.”
He added, “The emirate has adopted a prudent, model for comprehensive development over the course of more than five decades, by adopting balanced fiscal policy and building a solid budget for the public sector and maintaining moderate level of public debt, which has led to strong credit profile and large fiscal buffers, resulted in boosting the economic growth and stability of the Abu Dhabi Emirate in particular, and the UAE in general.”
The final geographic allocation for the 10-year Bonds was 62% foreign investors (6% to Asian investors, 13% European investors, 17% UK investors, 26% US investors) and 38% investors from the Middle East. The allocation for the 5-year Bonds was 53% foreign investors (15% Asian investors, 18% European investors, 8% UK investors, 12% US investors) and 47% to investors from the Middle East.
The final investor types allocation for the 10-year Bonds was 44% to banks and private banks, 46% to fund managers and 10% to agencies, pensions and insurance. The final investor types allocation for the 5-year Bonds was 65% to banks and private banks, 24% to fund managers and 11% to agencies, pensions and insurance. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and JP Morgan were Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank were co-managers of the issue.
“This transaction was an important exercise in establishing a new sovereign benchmark in the region upon which others will follow. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi deftly managed to establish a tight pricing benchmark whilst ensuring strong geographic diversification,” commented Hakim Karoui, co-head of Middle East and North Africa Corporate and Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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