Bahrain to raise $2bln in bond sale after deficit spike

Bahrain seeks to plug a fiscal deficit exacerbated by the pandemic and low oil prices

  
A Central Bank of Bahrain official shows new Bahraini Dinar notes on the first day of its release in Bahraini capital of Manama March 17, 2008.

A Central Bank of Bahrain official shows new Bahraini Dinar notes on the first day of its release in Bahraini capital of Manama March 17, 2008.

REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

DUBAI- Bahrain has tightened the guidance and indicated the tranche sizes for a three-part U.S. dollar-denominated bond deal via which it is expected to raise $2 billion, a document showed on Wednesday.

It is expected to sell $500 million in seven-year bonds at 4.5% to 4.625%, $1 billion in 12-year bonds at around 5.5% and $500 million in 30-year bonds at around 6.5%, according to the document from one of the banks arranging the deal, which is expected to close later on Wednesday.

Bahrain has received more than $7.5 billion in combined orders. Earlier on Wednesday, it had given initial price guidance of around 4.875% for the seven-year tranche, around 5.75% for the 12-year notes and around 6.75% for the 30-year bonds.

(Reporting by Yousef Saba; Editing by Jon Boyle) ((Yousef.Saba@thomsonreuters.com; +971562166204))

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