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Bahrain raises $3b in biggest-ever syndicated debt sale

The sale includes an $850 million Islamic bond

Gulf News

Bahrain: Bahrain raised $3 billion (Dh11.01 billion), about 10 per cent of its economic output, in a three-part international bond sale that may help narrow a gap in its finances left by a more than 50 per cent drop in oil prices since 2014.

The sale includes an $850 million Islamic bond, according to a person familiar with the deal who is not authorised to speak publicly. It also raised $1.25 billion in 12-year notes and $900 million due in 30 years, the person said.

The Gulf kingdom, like other oil-exporting countries across the region, has made repeated use of international debt markets to bolster public budgets since energy markets slumped. Bahrain’s fiscal deficit reached 15 per cent of economic output last year.

BNP Paribas, Citigroup Inc., Gulf International Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and National Bank of Bahrain are arranging Wednesday’s sale.