Bahrain’s GIB Updates $4bn Bond Programme
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Bahrain’s GIB Updates $4bn Bond Programme

Bahrain’s GIB Updates $4bn Bond Programme

Gulf International Bank’s bond programme is 97.2 per cent owned by the Saudi government, giving a safer level of risk.

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Gulf International Bank, a Bahrain-headquartered lender, has published an updated prospectus for its $4 billion euro medium term note (EMTN) programme on the London Stock Exchange.

Proceeds from any potential debt issue will be for general corporate purposes, the prospectus said.

Barclays is sole arranger for the programme but is joined by 13 other banks as dealers, according to the prospectus dated September 25. Issuance under the programme can be in any currency.

The original bond program was set up in 2009.

In May, GIB established another 3.5 billion Malaysian ringgit Islamic bond, or sukuk programme, but has not issued any bonds under the programme yet.

Despite its name and its base in Bahrain, GIB is 97.2 per cent owned by the Saudi Arabia government, a level of risk international investors are likely to be more comfortable with. Other shareholders are Gulf sovereign wealth funds, including Kuwait Investment Authority and Qatar Holding.

GIB said in the prospectus that it expects about $69 million of non-performing exposure to become performing by the end of 2012 after restructuring negotiations currently underway.


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