Saudi Arabia said to start $2bn Islamic bond sale

Saudi Arabia has started the sale of dollar-denominated Islamic bonds and is seeking to raise about $2bn
Saudi Arabia said to start $2bn Islamic bond sale
By Bloomberg
Wed 12 Sep 2018 01:52 PM

Saudi Arabia has started the sale of dollar-denominated Islamic bonds and is seeking to raise about $2 billion to complete the kingdom’s external funding requirements for the year.

The world’s biggest oil exporter mandated BNP Paribas, HSBC Holdings, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup, Mizuho Bank and Samba Capital for the deal, according to a term sheet seen by Bloomberg.

The kingdom set initial price guidance for the January 2029 notes in the area of 145 basis points over midswaps. Global books are open and the deal is today’s business.

Saudi Arabia plans to borrow about $31 billion this year to bridge a budget deficit brought on by lower oil prices. In April, it raised $11 billion in a dollar bond sale and has raised a total of $50 billion since the end of 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. In March, it increased a $10 billion syndicated loan by $6 billion.

The kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund will sign an $11 billion loan this week, marking its first-ever borrowing, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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