KAMCO and NBK Capital are Joint Lead Managers of Kuwait’s Largest Private Sector Corporate Bond

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Published December 30th, 2012 - 05:04 GMT

KAMCO and NBK Capital announce today the successful completion of a KD100 million (c.USD356million) Lower Tier II (LT2) Subordinated Bond Issue by Burgan Bank, in which they acted as Joint Lead Managers.

This landmark transaction solidifies KAMCO and NBK Capital’s longstanding commitment to developing the local debt capital market in Kuwait.The Burgan Bank Issuance is the largest bond everraised by a private sector issuer and has the longest tenor of 10 years. The bonds were issued at par and will pay coupons semiannually in arrears, also the bond is rated BBB+ by Capital Intelligence. The ten-year subordinated LT2 bond was issued in fixed and floating rate tranches. This tenor is the longest in Kuwait’s history.

This transaction marks the third time that both KAMCO and NBK Capital have worked together in the local debt capital market, having previously cooperated in 2010 on the issuance of  bonds by United Real Estate Company of KD40 million, and early in 2012 on the issuance of KD80 million bond by Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO).

As Joint Lead Managers, both KAMCO and NBK Capital commented on the issuance, Mr. Salah Y. Al-Fulaij, CEO of NBK Capital stated that,“The issuance is an important one as it signalsa milestone in the development of the local debt capital markets. Investors now have long term local currency securities to consider as part of their investment universe.Furthermore, we are pleased to support Burgan Bank in its expansion initiatives. The success of this transaction could not have happened without the coordinated and efficient effort of the Central Bank of Kuwait and Capital Markets Authority and the continued support of our investor base”.

On the same note, Mr. Faisal M. Sarkhou, KAMCO’s Acting CEO added, “We are proud to have played a leading role in such a momentous financial milestone, and we expect that this issuance will increase overall confidence in the Kuwaiti economy and investment banking sector. We at KAMCO have a firm interest in the development and support of the local bond market which in turn will be a key element in the development of the Kuwaiti economy and the private sector. Finally I would like to extend my gratitude to all of our subscribers for their help in making the issuance a success, as well to the governmental institutions and all other companies that have provided support to develop the local bond issuance market”.

Background Information

NBK Capital

Watani Investment Company KSCC (“NBK Capital”), a leading investment management firm in the region, sets the standard in growth-focused innovative financial products and services. A world-class investment house, NBK Capital’s customer-centric approach provides forward-thinking solutions that address the specific investment needs of clients and investors, institutional customers and high-net-worth individuals.


Burgan Bank

Established in 1977, Burgan Bank is the youngest conventional Bank and second largest by assets in Kuwait, with a significant focus on the corporate and financial institutions sectors, as well as having a growing retail, and private bank customer base. Burgan Bank has majority owned subsidiaries in the MENAT region supported by one of the largest regional branch networks. which include Gulf Bank Algeria - AGB (Algeria), Bank of Baghdad - BOB (Iraq & Lebanon),Tunis International Bank – TIB (Tunisia), and fully owned Burgan Bank – Turkey, (collectively known as the “Burgan Bank Group”). Furthermore, Burgan Bank has a present in the UAE through its corporate office (“Burgan Financial Services Limited) which had helped the bank to participate in multiple financing opportunities in the UAE.

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