Dubai's MAF prices $500m bond, part of series from Gulf

Mall developer Majid Al Futtaim continues a recent revival in offers from Gulf-based borrowers
Dubai's MAF prices $500m bond, part of series from Gulf
By Reuters
Tue 29 Apr 2014 07:51 PM

Dubai-based shopping mall developer Majid Al Futtaim priced a $500 million bond issue with a ten-year lifespan on Tuesday, continuing a recent revival in offers from Gulf-based borrowers.

Final pricing for the deal came at the tight end of revised guidance of between 195 and 200 basis points over midswaps, according to a document from lead managers. Initial guidance had been set earlier on Tuesday in the 212.5 bps area.

The coupon for the bond was 4.75 percent with a reoffer price of 99.835.

High demand for the offer - the order book exceeded $2 billion just before it was closed, according to the leads - helped the company reduce the cost of its borrowing.

The transaction reflects strong investor interest in Gulf-based borrowers, who have been returning to the international debt market in recent days after several months of relatively light issuance.

Amid geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and economic instability in some emerging markets, Gulf economies have stood out because of their stability, thanks to their trade and state budget surpluses. The contrast appears to created attractive conditions for them to issue bonds.

Abu Dhabi National Energy is set to price a $750 million ten-year bond on Tuesday, having cut pricing by 20 bps from initial guidance to 115 bps over midswaps after it received orders worth over three times its planned size.

This follows deals last week from the Government of Dubai and Abu Dhabi state investment fund Mubadala.

Family-owned Majid Al Futtaim picked Barclays, Credit Agricole, Citigroup, Emirates NBD, HSBC and Standard Chartered to arrange its sale, which is its first public debt issue since last October.

Then, it printed a $500 million hybrid bond, one of the first offers of such an instrument from the Gulf Arab region. Hybrid bonds have both debt and equity-like characteristics.

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