Abu Dhabi Ports has successfully issued $1 billion 10 year bonds under its recently established Euro Medium Term Note Programme (EMTN Programme), to be jointly listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).
The issuance was more than 4.5 times over-subscribed at its peak. The Notes mature on May 6, 2031 and carry a coupon of 2.5% per annum. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes and debt refinancing. The settlement of the offering is expected to occur on 6 May 2021 and is subject to customary settlement conditions.
Citi, First Abu Dhabi Bank and Standard Chartered Bank acted as Joint Global Coordinators for the transaction along with HSBC, Mizuho and Societe Generale as active Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners and BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole CIB and SMBC Nikko acted as passive Joint Lead Managers.
Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Abu Dhabi Ports’ strategy is to become a top global integrated trade enabler, ranking alongside the most important hubs in the world to facilitate the growth of international trade.
The success of this first issuance under our recently established EMTN Programme is another important step in our prudent financial strategy that underpins our long-term vision for growth.”
Following two days of investor meetings, the global investor response to Abu Dhabi Ports’ first joint Note Programme on the London Stock Exchange and Abu Dhabi Security Exchange has been very strong, with the issuance more than 4.5 times over-subscribed at its peak with orders placed by over 200 institutional investors from 35 countries, including sovereign wealth funds, central banks, insurers, corporate treasuries and asset managers.
“We see the success of this $1 billion 10-year listing at the lowest coupon achieved by an Abu Dhabi government-related entity for that corresponding 10-year tenor as an expression of confidence in our leadership, our business and in the UAE economy as a whole,” he said.
“The Note Programme will ensure the realisation of Abu Dhabi Ports’ ambitious capital expenditure programme across our asset portfolio over the next ten years and enables us to align with the UAE’s wider economic diversification programme. This will accelerate the growth of our integrated portfolio of world-class ports, industrial zones and logistics supply chains,” Al Shamisi added.
Source Trade Arabia