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Orders Top $1B For Bahrain Mumtalakat Bond Debut



According to the Wall Street Journal, “Offers for Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Co.’s first-ever bond issue are in the range of $1 billion to $1.25 billion, according to a source familiar with the sale.

That means the sovereign wealth entity’s debut could be larger than the minimum $500 million benchmark size when it completes on Wednesday. Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan and Standard Chartered are leading the sale.

The five-year senior unsecured bonds, rated A by Standard & Poor’s and A from Fitch Ratings, are expected to yield 300 basis points over mid-swaps. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including to refinance existing debt.

The Kingdom of Bahrain, which owns Mumtalakat outright, issued $1.25 billion in 5.5% bonds on March 24 via JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas, according to Dealogic.  In a note on June 21, Standard & Poor’s said there is an “almost certain likelihood that the government of Bahrain would provide timely and sufficient extraordinary support to Mumtalakat in the event of financial distress,” although it does not formally guarantee its liabilities.

Mumtalakat does not make material investment decisions without government consent, S&P added. Most of the company’s assets are in domestic real-estate, telecommunications, aviation, banking and manufacturing. Bahrain owns a separate holding company for oil and gas assets, the National Oil and Gas Authority.  The issuer’s decision to tap the capital markets for the first time was predicated on the Mumtalakat’s need to become more independent from Bahrain, said the source.

“In the wake of the Dubai World issues, Bahrain is trying to push these sovereign entities away from its balance sheet and would like them to fund themselves on their own,” the person said.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

Trump to Swat Down Petro Cryptocurrency



In a bid to exert economic pressure on the Venezuelan government headed by President Nicolas Maduro, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an order on March 19th that prohibits U.S. citizens from purchasing a cryptocurrency that the Venezuelan government is releasing. The cryptocurrency is called the Petro. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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DP World and NIIF Joint Venture Embarks on First Investment



Hindustan Infralog Private Limited, the US$ 3 billion joint venture formed in January 2018 between DP World and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) to invest in ports, logistics and warehousing, agreed to acquire 90% of Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Seva) Limited for US$ 400 million. 10% is being retained by the company’s founders – the Reddy family. Adi Keshav Reddy is the founder of Continental Warehousing. This is the first investment of the Hindustan Infralog platform.

The sellers include Warburg Pincus India Pvt Ltd, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Aureos Capital, a joint venture between the CDC and Norfund that was acquired by Abraaj Capital.

Barclays, Citi and Detusche Bank advised on the transaction.

Continental Warehousing was formed in 1997 and is one of India’s biggest container warehousing firms – operating container freight stations and private freight terminals across India. In April 2011, Warburg Pincus invested in Continental Warehousing, committing US$ 100 million. In December 2015, IFC invested US$ 25 million in equity and lent US$ 35 million in debt to Continental Warehousing.

In India, DP World has been operating container port terminals since 1997.

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Surbana Jurong and China Vanke Tie up Deal for Industrial Town Projects

Surbana Jurong, a real estate development company focused on urban projects, inked a deal with China Vanke to partner on new industrial towns in China’s midwest regions. Surbana Jurong is majority-owned by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. The first joint project is Vanke’s Jianzhou Dream Town in Chengdu. Surbana will provide the design for this project.

PIF Eyes Hollywood Talent

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is looking at investing around a 7% stake in Endeavor, LLC, a talent agency holding entity of WME for a reported US$ 400 million. Ari Emanuel is the CEO of Endeavor. PIF’s financial advisor for this deal is Michael Klein & Co. Endeavor is being advised by Ares Holdings.

Alex Wilmot-Sitwell of BAML Resigns

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