DUBAI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s Burgan Financial institution (BURG.KW) has acquired preliminary approval from the central financial institution to situation as much as $500 million in senior unsecured bonds, the lender mentioned in a inventory trade submitting.
The bonds might be issued beneath Burgan’s Euro Medium Time period Observe Program. They are going to both have a tenor of 5 years with a hard and fast coupon fee or a six-year tenor with an choice to redeem the bonds after 5 years. The six-year possibility would have a hard and fast coupon fee for 5 years then a floating fee for its closing yr, ought to the financial institution not “name” the bonds.
Closing the bond sale will enable Burgan “to bolster its long-term liquidity and regulatory liquidity ratios,” it mentioned within the submitting.
Gross sales of senior bonds are comparatively uncommon from the Gulf’s banks, however Burgan’s debt-raising plans comply with the nation’s largest lender, Nationwide Financial institution of Kuwait, securing $1 billion final week through six-year senior bonds non-callable for 5 years.
NBK bought the bonds at 90 foundation factors (bps) over mid-swaps, tightening 20 bps from preliminary steering after demand peaked at round $1.9 billion.
The oil-rich area’s banks have closed a string of Extra Tier 1 (AT1) bond gross sales this yr versus comparatively sparse senior bond points, making the most of traditionally low charges to shore up core capital, with a number of breaking pricing data.
AT1 bonds, the riskiest debt devices banks can situation, are designed to be perpetual in nature however might be redeemed by an issuer after a specified interval.
Burgan Financial institution raised $500 million in December with subordinated Tier 2 bonds. It additionally has $500 million in excellent AT1 bonds with a primary name date in 2024.
Reporting by Yousef Saba; Enhancing by Toby Chopra
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