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Kuwait's United Real Estate raises 60 mln dinars via bond
June 24, 2013 / 10:38 AM / in 4 years

Kuwait's United Real Estate raises 60 mln dinars via bond

KUWAIT, June 24 (Reuters) - Kuwait’s United Real Estate Co said on Monday it had raised 60 million dinars ($211.9 million) in a bond sale which it would mainly use to refinance existing paper.

The sale of the five-year bonds, which were issued in fixed and floating rate tranches, was oversubscribed by almost 50 percent, the company said in a statement.

One tranche will pay a fixed annual rate of 5.75 percent while the other will pay 3.25 percent over the central bank’s discount rate, it said. The bonds will mature in June 2018.

The proceeds will be used to refinance a 40 million dinar bond which matured this month and for general corporate purposes, United said.

The joint lead managers were Kuwait’s Gulf Bank, Burgan Bank and KAMCO, a unit of Kuwait Projects Co (KIPCO).

Corporate dinar-denominated issuance has dominated bond activity in Kuwait since the end of last year, and analysts see scope for the market to expand. In December Burgan Bank issued a 100 million dinar bond, the largest-ever local currency issue by a company in the Gulf Arab state. ($1 = 0.2832 Kuwaiti dinars) (Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy, Writing by Sylvia Westall, Editing by Andrew Torchia)

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