FGB has concluded a 5-year 10 billion Japanese Yen bond as part of the US$1 billion Tokyo Pro-Bond Market programme registered by the bank on June 11th. The transaction took place last Monday and the bonds were priced with a coupon rate of 0.863% p.a..
HSBC Bank Plc. and Mizuho International Plc. led the transaction, which will be listed tomorrow under the US$1 billion programme listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and registered under the First Gulf Bank P.J.S.C. USD 3,500,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) programme.
FGB is the first organisation from the Middle East to issue under the new Tokyo Pro-Bond Market. The issuance quickly follows the bank s first Australian market transaction, which took place earlier this year when FGB concluded its 5-year Kangaroo bond issuance.
Andre Sayegh, CEO of FGB, said, "This debut issuance on the new Tokyo Pro-Bond Market is a key part of FGB s ongoing strategy to diversify our sources of funding and expand into new markets. It complements our inaugural Kangaroo 5-year bond issuance earlier this year perfectly and has been positively received by investors." He concluded, "The new Tokyo bond issuance increases our visibility in the APAC market and builds on our profile within the region."