(Adds expected deal size and book size)
By Robert Hogg
LONDON, April 12 (IFR) - Saudi Arabia is expected to raise a
total of about US$8bn in its debut US dollar sukuk offering,
according to a lead.
The sovereign is selling five and 10-year tranches, which
are expected to be about US$4bn each. The lead managers have set
the spread at 100bp over mid-swaps for the shorter-dated note
and plus 140bp for the longer-dated sukuk.
The five-year was initially marketed at plus 115bp area, and
guidance was set at plus 105bp area.
Initial price thoughts for the 10-year were at plus 155bp
area, and guidance was set at plus 145bp area.
The final order books are in excess of US$33bn, evenly
The deal will be priced later today.
Citi, HSBC (B&D) and JP Morgan are global coordinators. They
are joined as leads by BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and NCB
The 144A/Reg S deal will be rated A1 by Moody's and A+ by
(Reporting by Robert Hogg; editing by Sudip Roy)