Bahrain draws strong demand for $1.5 billion sovereign bond

Bond issue had been delayed due to volatility in global markets

Bahrain has attracted strong demand for a $1.5 billion issue of 10-year sovereign bonds, taking advantage of this week's relative stability in international debt markets.

The bond, with a fixed coupon of 6.125 percent, priced at 99.4470 yielding 6.20 percent. Order books had reached nearly $8 billion in the early afternoon London time on Wednesday, lead managers said.

The strong demand allowed Bahrain to tighten the pricing from initial guidance of a 6.5 percent yield.

Bahrain conducted investor roadshows in mid-June but then held off on issuing because of volatility in global markets.

BNP Paribas, Citigroup Inc, Gulf International Bank and JP Morgan Chase & Co were bookrunners on the deal.

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