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Saudi chemical giant to tap bond market for $1bn

Saudi Basic Industries Corp loses $592m in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hit economies across the globe

Saudi chemical giant to tap bond market for $1bn

Saudi Basic Industries Corp, the chemical maker in which Saudi Arabia’s state oil company holds a majority stake, is raising $1 billion in the biggest corporate dollar bond offering from the Middle East this year.

The company, known as Sabic, is selling $500 million of 10-year notes at an initial price talk of 190 basis points over midswaps, according to a person familiar with the matter. It also is offering $500 million of 30-year securities at an initial yield of 3.375 percent, the person said, asking not to be identified because they’re not authorised to speak publicly about it.

Saudi Arabia is seeking to diversify its economy away from petroleum by building new industries, and expanding chemical output to sell higher-value hydrocarbon products is part of that strategy. Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil exporter, bought a 70 percent stake in Sabic this year for $69 billion.

Moody’s Investors Service rates the Sabic bonds A1, the fifth-highest investment grade, with a negative outlook. S&P Global Ratings assigns the debt two steps lower at A-.

Citigroup Inc, BNP Paribas, HSBC Holdings, Mizuho Securities, MUFG and SMBC Nikko Securities are arranging the deal.

Sabic lost SR2.22 billion ($592 million) in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic roiled economies across the globe. The company reported a SR2.03 billion profit a year earlier.

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