Mashreq Group CEO Ahmed Abdelaal. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Mashreqbank PSC has announced the pricing of an aggregate principal amount of $300 million of its 8.500 per cent perpetual non-callable five-year additional tier 1 notes. The offering is expected to close on July 7, 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.

Following a strong first quarter trading update, the virtual roadshow for the transaction was announced. Through a global investor call and a combination of individual and group meetings, Mashreq engaged with over 50 investors from key centers across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Following the extensive marketing campaign, the transaction was formally launched on June 30.

The issuance is expected to further strengthen Mashreq’s capital structure and leverage ratios, positioning for further balance sheet growth. Additionally, it diversifies the bank’s funding mix by reducing funding concentration and increasing the average duration of liabilities. Furthermore, the transaction enhances Mashreq’s international credit profile as it marks the bank’s first-ever additional tier 1 offering in the international debt capital markets – and the first additional tier 1 issued this year out of the UAE.

Commenting on the issuance, Mashreq Group CEO Ahmed Abdelaal said: “The demand from both regional and international investors for this successful capital raise demonstrates continued confidence in Mashreq and our ability as a leading UAE bank to access the global debt capital markets even in volatile conditions. With strong levels of capital and liquidity and a rock-solid balance sheet Mashreq is well placed to execute on our strategy for growth and customer innovation in both the UAE and our core international markets.”

BofA Securities, Citi, Emirates NBD Capital, JP Morgan, Mashreqbank, Société Générale and Standard Chartered Bank acted as joint lead managers.