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|10 September, 2018

DP World plans 10-year dollar sukuk, 30-year conventional bond sale

It will start meeting investors in London and Europe on September 12.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Shipping containers are seen at a port in DP World.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Shipping containers are seen at a port in DP World.

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DUBAI  - DP World, the Dubai logistics group and one of the world's biggest port operators, will meet fixed income investors ahead of a planned 10-year benchmark dollar sukuk offering, a document issued by one of the banks arranging the potential issue showed on Monday.

The company has hired Barclays, Citi, Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD Capital, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan, Société Générale and Standard Chartered Bank as joint bookrunners for the planned sukuk, or Islamic bond. It will start meeting investors in London and Continental Europe on September 12.

Subject to market conditions, the company will also consider issuing 30-year Regulation S/144A bonds, with Barclays, Citi, Emirates NBD Capital, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan, Société Générale and Standard Chartered Bank arranging the potential deal.

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The logistics group will also look at selling RegS/144A benchmark bonds of intermediate maturities, denominated in euros and sterling, off its existing $5 billion general medium term note programme, according to the document.

Benchmark bonds are generally considered to have an issue size of more than $500 million.

Barclays, Citi, HSBC, and Société Générale will be arranging meetings with fixed income investors on DP World’s behalf for these potential issues.

Finally, DP World has invited holders of the outstanding $650 million trust certificates due in 2019 issued by a special purpose vehicle called JAFZ Sukuk to tender their certificates for purchase by the company for cash.

(Reporting by Davide Barbuscia; Editing by Kirsten Donovan) ((Davide.Barbuscia@thomsonreuters.com; +971522604297; Reuters Messaging: davide.barbuscia.reuters.com@reuters.net))