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FAB raises over Dh3 bn in its first Sterling bond, Kangaroo bond

The two bonds will be listed on London Stock Exchange and Australian Stock Exchange respectively

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) has issued bonds worth more than Dh3 billion through two separate issuances in three days, media reports said. The two issuances mark its first Sterling bond and first Kangaroo bond since 2014. 

The bank issued its first Dh2.15 billion equivalent fixed rate bond under its $15 billion Euro Medium Term Note programme, marking the first and largest Financial Institution GBP issuance in the region. 

The bond will be listed on the London Stock Exchange. André Sayegh, Deputy Group CEO and Group Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, First Abu Dhabi Bank, told the media that, “FAB’s ability to tap both the UK and Australian markets in the same week underlines the success of FAB’s funding strategy, with our first Sterling bond representing another significant milestone for the bank.” 

FAB raised Dh860 million equivalent through a Kangaroo bond issuance. The bond will be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

The bank aims to diversify investor base through both transactions, while increasing liquidity and funding. In January, FAB issued the region’s first dollar-denominated sukuk for the year. Its $500 million RegS sukuk was issued under its $3.5 billion Trust Certificate Issuance programme. 

The bank said that the sukuk issued in January was 2.8 times oversubscribed, with high participation from UK investors. The bond will be listed on the London Stock Exchange. According to Fitch Ratings, the global sukuk issuance increased by 6 percent last year to $42.2 billion on the back of increasing investors and issuers, media reports said. 

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