Dubai's biggest bank celebrates listing of $1bn bond

Senior banker rings the market-opening bell at Nasdaq Dubai to celebrate the listing of a $1bn conventional bond
Dubai's biggest bank celebrates listing of $1bn bond
The total value of all conventional bonds listed on Nasdaq Dubai has now reached $18.08 billion.
By Sam Bridge
Tue 16 Apr 2019 02:54 PM

Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, vice chairman and managing director of Emirates NBD, rang the market-opening bell on Tuesday at Nasdaq Dubai to celebrate the listing of a $1 billion conventional bond.

The bank said the capital raised by the issue will support its regional and international business across retail, wholesale and investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets and treasury and brokerage operations and Islamic banking.

Emirates NBD is the largest issuer of conventional bonds on Nasdaq Dubai with a total nominal value of $5.28 billion from eight listings.

Al Qassim said: "As we make use of long-term funding opportunities to further develop our banking services for businesses and individuals, our strong links with Nasdaq Dubai provide us with a high international profile and excellent regulatory framework for our bonds.

"Our latest issuance was well received by a wide range of investors across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, demonstrating their confidence in the ongoing performance of Emirates NBD.”

Essa Kazim, governor of Dubai International Financial Centre and chairman of Dubai Financial Market, added: “The listing of Emirates NBD’s latest bond demonstrates the commitment of Dubai’s leading financial services institutions to collaborate for their common benefit, by making effective use of the region’s capital markets. Dubai will continue to enhance its listing infrastructure on behalf of UAE and overseas issuers and investors.” 

The total value of all conventional bonds listed on Nasdaq Dubai has now reached $18.08 billion. Dubai is also the largest centre in the world for listed sukuk by value at $59.39 billion.

Shayne Nelson, Group CEO of Emirates NBD, said: "We were extremely pleased with the international investor demand for our latest public issue, with two-thirds of the issue placed outside the MENA region. We find the listing process on Nasdaq Dubai straightforward and investors can take comfort from the ongoing regulatory requirements of listing on Nasdaq Dubai.”

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