First Abu Dhabi Bank issues $610 million Formosa bond

First Abu Dhabi Bank, the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, was created last year by the merger of National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank. (Courtesy First Abu Dhabi Bank)
Updated 15 January 2018
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First Abu Dhabi Bank issues $610 million Formosa bond

DUBAI: First Abu Dhabi Bank, the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, has issued a $610 million Formosa bond, it said on Monday, confirming an earlier Reuters report.
Formosa bonds are sold in Taiwan by foreign borrowers and are denominated in currencies other than the Taiwanese dollar.
First Abu Dhabi Bank priced the deal last week, said one of the sources.
In a statement, the bank said the issue had a 30-year tenor and was callable — or redeemable by the issuer — every five years, adding the transaction would settle on January 22.
Other banks in the Gulf have recently raised funds in the Formosa bond market due to the low cost of issuance of this type of debt instrument.
Qatar National Bank, the Gulf’s largest bank, said last week it had completed a $720 million Formosa bond issuance which had a maturity of 30 years, callable every five years.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi’s second-largest bank by assets, has also recently sold a $540 million Formosa bond, sources said last week.
First Abu Dhabi Bank was created last year by the merger of National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank.
National Bank of Abu Dhabi has issued such bonds in the past, including an $885 million 30-year Formosa bond in January last year, and a $696 million public Formosa bond in October 2016, which was the first 30-year Formosa bond from the Middle East and North Africa.
Other banks in the Gulf region are expected to tap the Formosa market over the coming weeks, the sources said.


MODON to establish integrated pharmaceutical complex

Updated 23 May 2019
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MODON to establish integrated pharmaceutical complex

JEDDAH: The Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON) has signed an industrial land lease covering more than 62 thousand square meters in the city of Madinah, to build a pharmaceutical complex including research and development centers, with a total investment reaching SR 570 million.

MODON’s Director General Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Salem said that the signing of the contract was the result of joint work with the National Program for the Development of Industrial Compounds. MODON provided various facilities and incentives to support the investment, with the project set to provide nearly 1000 jobs for both genders with a localization rate exceeding 50 percent.

He added that the project is in line with the goals of the National Industrial and Logistics Development Program (NIDLP) to localize the most advanced industries in the world, in accordance with Saudi Vision 2030 for economic diversification.

Since its inception in 2001, MODON has been developing integrated industrial lands in accordance with the highest international standards. It currently oversees 35 industrial cities under development in various regions of the Kingdom, in addition to supervising private industrial parks and cities. The developed industrial lands exceeded until today 198.8 million square meters, while the existing industrial cities include 3,474 productive factories.