NBAD debuts in Aussies to investor acclaim
National Bank of Abu Dhabi sold its debut Australian dollar note on Thursday, receiving a warm welcome from investors. The leads were able to increase the size by half while tightening pricing by 5bp. The success of the deal shows Australian dollar investors’ interest in diversifying their holdings and opens the door for other Middle Eastern issuers to consider the market.
ANZ, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and NBAD priced the A$300m ($306.33m) 5% March 2018 paper at 175bp over mid-swaps, tightened from guidance set at the 180bp area. Pricing moving from guidance is a rarity in Australian dollars.
The deal, launched with a minimum size of A$200m, was
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