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UPDATE 2-Commercial Bank of Qatar sets final guidance for five-yr bond -leads
June 17, 2014 / 9:27 AM / 3 years ago

UPDATE 2-Commercial Bank of Qatar sets final guidance for five-yr bond -leads

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DUBAI, June 17 (Reuters) - Commercial Bank of Qatar set final price guidance for its benchmark-sized, five-year, U.S. dollar bond offering in the range of 117 to 120 basis points over mid-swaps, a document from lead arrangers showed on Tuesday.

The lender, rated A1/A-/A by international rating agencies, had earlier tightened the pricing to 120-125 bps over mid-swaps after setting initial price thoughts in the area of 135 bps earlier in the day. The book is slated to close later on Tuesday.

Commercial Bank of Qatar has gathered more than $3 billion in orders for its bond sale so far, the document showed.

The bank has around $1 billion of bonds maturing in November this year, and bankers expect the firm to refinance at least a part of those bonds.

“It would not be a surprise that the bank raises $1 billion to keep its current liquidity untouched given the favourable market conditions to issue bonds,” a banker said on condition of anonymity as he is not allowed to speak to the media.

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, HSBC and Morgan Stanley are arrangers of the bond sale, for which investor meetings concluded on Monday.

Traditionally, benchmark size is understood to mean at least $500 million.

The bank follows a string of United Arab Emirates borrowers accessing the international debt market as favourable market conditions have pushed borrowing costs to record lows.

Issuance is however expected to taper off ahead of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts at the end of June. (Reporting by Archana Narayanan; Editing by Andrew Torchia)

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