By Souhail Karam
Bonds likely to be priced 190 to 200 bps over the benchmark mid-swap rate.
plans to price a five-year dollar-denominated benchmark bond later on Thursday after securing commitments in excess of $2bn, a senior official of the bank said.
The bonds from the second largest bank in the UAE are likely to be priced 190 to 200 basis points over the benchmark mid-swap rate, according to IFR.
"The exact size is being finalised," the official told Reuters by phone declining to be named due to confidentiality reasons.
Once finalised, it would mark the first bond sale by a financial institution in the region this year. It would also be a sign of the reopening of debt markets.
Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas and RBS are bookrunners to the deal along with
Roadshows were held in the UAE, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong and London between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. (Reuters)