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Private sector drives GCC bond issuance in H1

Kuwait, August 14, 2013

Driven primarily by the private sector, bond issuance in the GCC increased 13.2 per cent year-on-year during the first six months of the year, with the total worth of debt securities reaching $30.1 billion, a report said.

The private sector has been increasingly outperforming the public sector over the last twelve months, added the latest Economic Update released by the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK).

The private sector’s stock of fixed income debt has grown by 25 per cent since last June, while outstanding public sector debt only saw an increase of 7 per cent over the same period.

Its share of total new issues has also increased to 63 per cent in the first half of this year, well above the 30 per cent average observed for the first halves of the years from 2009 until 2012.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar accounted for 82 per cent of the issuance in 2013, with new debt of $11.6 billion, $8.0 billion, and $4.7 billion, respectively, the report said.

NBK said that the stock of outstanding GCC fixed income instruments rose to $239.8 billion at the end of the first half of 2013.

The balance of outstanding bonds was up $19.2 billion thus far in 2013 and 15.3 per cent against a year ago. The largest debtors are the Qatari public sector (23 per cent), the UAE financial sector (16 per cent) and the UAE public sector (15 per cent).

Among non-financial private issuers, the Saudi sector is the most active with 10 per cent of all outstanding GCC debt followed closely by the UAE.

The non-financial sector (NFS) saw issuance increase threefold in the first half of 2013, jumping $6.7 billion to $10.1 billion, its highest level ever. Coupled with issuance by the financial sector, the private sector experienced its strongest half yet, with gross issuance totaling $19 billion.

In the UAE, most of the new debt was issued by financial institutions ($9.3 billion) and coincided with a recovering private sector and increased confidence. Saudi Arabia’s issuance activity was dominated by the non-financial sector, which was also the largest issuer in the region during the first six months of the year.

According to NBK, the average maturity of outstanding GCC debt securities remained steady at 5.8 years at the end of the first half of 2013.

The public and financial sector converged to an average maturity of five years, while the non-financial sector saw a healthy jump of 0.6 years to 8.4 years in the first half of 2013. – TradeArabia News Service




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