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.


Iraq has enough oil capacity to meet customer needs: oil minister

Updated 25 April 2019
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Iraq has enough oil capacity to meet customer needs: oil minister

  • Thamer Ghadhban also says there are no acute oil shortages for the time being
  • but Iraq would continue to monitor the market to assess the need for additional supply

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s oil minister said on Thursday his country had the capacity to increase its oil production to 6 million barrels per day (bpd) if needed, but it was committed to OPEC-led output cuts and would not take unilateral action to boost supply.
Thamer Ghadhban also said there were no acute oil shortages for the time being, but Iraq would continue to monitor the market to assess the need for additional barrels at the next OPEC meeting.
On Monday, the United States decided not to renew exemptions from sanctions against Iran granted last year to buyers of Iranian oil, taking a tougher line than expected and triggering a rally in oil prices on fears of oil supply shortages.