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Bahrain launches USD1.5bn 10-year bond

By Davide Scigliuzzo

LONDON, July 24 (IFR) - The Kingdom of Bahrain has launched a USD1.5bn 10-year bond at the tight end of guidance, according to one of the lead managers.

The sovereign, rated BBB/BBB, launched the transaction at a yield of 6.20%, the tight end of guidance of 6.25% area (plus or minus 5bp), and some 30bp inside initial price thoughts of 6.50% area.

The order book for the issue, which matures on August 1, 2023, was heard close to USD8bn before launch.

BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Gulf International Bank and JP Morgan are leads on the 144A/Reg S transaction, which is expected to price later on Wednesday. (Reporting by Davide Scigliuzzo; Editing by Julian Baker)