Saudi euro bond underwhelms despite negative yield

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By Mariam Meskin
25 Feb 2021

Saudi Arabia sold its second euro denominated bond on Wednesday, achieving a negative yield — the first bond of its kind from a Middle East issuer. However, some in the market were underwhelmed with the transaction, which they say is evident in the deal statistics.

The dual tranche Reg S/144A euro bond consisted of a €1bn 0% March 2024 tranche and a €500m 0.625% March 2030 tranche.

The three year clip was priced at a yield of minus 0.057% and spread of 40bp over mid-swaps, and the nine year at 0.646% and a spread ...

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