(MENAFN – Gulf Times) #SaudiArabia raised 9bn in its first dollar-denominated Islamic bond sale, 1bn more than what the government was said to be planning to issue initially.
The government sold a 4.5bn five-year sukuk tranche at 100 basis points over the mid-swap rate and an equally-sized 10-year tranche at a spread of 140 basis points to the benchmark, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Investors submitted more than 33bn in bids, people with knowledge of the offering said earlier.
Investors placed orders in excess of 33bn, the country’s Ministry of Finance said in a statement.
#SaudiArabia is tapping international and domestic markets to help finance a budget deficit that may reach 53bn this year. The kingdom raised 17.5bn in October in the biggest ever bond sale from an emerging-market nation, underlining the deepening financial strain on a nation that has eschewed international debt markets until now.
Saudi Arabian Oil Co, the world’s largest oil producer, sold 3bn of Islamic bonds for the first time last week.
‘And they continue to blaze a trail, said Angelo Rossetto, a trader at GMSA Investments Ltd in London. This ‘should be the largest and most liquid sukuk, despite the holidays in Europe, and should perform well once we are back in full flow.
The country has been hit by a drop in energy prices, prompting it to cut spending, raise debt and prepare what may be the world’s largest initial public offering of Aramco, as the oil company is known, to help manage the shortfall.
Citigroup, HSBC Holdings and JPMorgan Chase & Co are joint global coordinators for the sukuk, while BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and NCB Capital are helping to manage the sale. Moody’s Investors Service assigned a provisional rating of A1 to the sukuk, while Fitch Ratings gave it A.
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