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Abu Dhabi said to sell $10bn bonds amid demand for high quality debt

Source says emirate plans to sell benchmark-sized dollar-denominated bonds in three maturities

Abu Dhabi said to sell $10bn bonds amid demand for high quality debt
Abu Dhabi is taking advantage of investor demand for high quality debt amid concerns over the US-China trade war and slowing global growth.

Abu Dhabi will sell $10 billion of bonds in a three-part debt deal in its first international offering in two years as it takes advantage of relatively low borrowing costs.

The oil-rich emirate is offering $3 billion in five-year fixed notes, $3 billion notes due 2029 and $4 billion in 30-year notes, according to a person familiar with the sale, who is not authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be identified.

They include debt due 2024 to yield around 80 basis points more than Treasuries of similar maturity, securities due 2029 at a spread of about 100 basis points, and 2049 bonds at 125 basis points.

Abu Dhabi is taking advantage of investor demand for high quality debt amid concerns over the US-China trade war and slowing global growth.

The emirate’s credit rating is among the strongest in the Middle East and Africa, and the cost to insure its debt against default is the lowest in the region.

The yield on the emirate’s dollar bond due 2047 was at 3.03 percent Friday, near the all-time low of 2.80 percent reached this month. The new securities will likely be rated Aa2 by Moody’s Investors Service and AA by S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings.

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