Dubai's Emirates NBD sells $750mln in AT1 bonds at 4.25%

Final price guidance was tightened to between 4.25% and 4.375% from initial guidance of around 4.5%

  
A view of Emirates NBD head office in Dubai, UAE January 30, 2018. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A view of Emirates NBD head office in Dubai, UAE January 30, 2018. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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DUBAI - Emirates NBD, Dubai's largest lender, sold $750 million in Additional Tier 1 bonds on Thursday after receiving more than $1.75 billion in orders for them, a document showed.

It launched the bonds at a yield of 4.25% after giving initial price guidance of around 4.5%, the document from one of the banks on the deal showed.

Emirates NBD Capital, First Abu Dhabi Bank, JPMorgan, HSBC, NCB Capital and Standard Chartered arranged the deal.

AT1 bonds, the riskiest debt instruments banks can issue, are designed to be perpetual in nature but issuers can call them in after a specified period.

ENBD's issuance will be non-callable for six years.

The deal follows several other AT1 deals from the region this year, including Dubai Islamic Bank's $500 million sukuk issue last month, which set a record low rate for the perpetual debt instrument out of the Gulf, at 3.375%.

ENBD sold $750 million in five-year bonds in January. It last sold AT1 bonds last summer, raising $750 million at 6.125% - the same rate of its prior AT1 bonds issued in March 2019.

(Reporting by Yousef Saba and Davide Barbuscia; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Alexander Smith) ((Yousef.Saba@thomsonreuters.com; +971562166204; https://twitter.com/YousefSaba))

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