Pakistan hires banks for three-tranche dollar bond sale

Published March 26, 2021
JPMorgan is one of the banks that Pakistan has hired to arrange investor calls ahead of a triple-tranche sale of US dollar-denominated bonds. —Reuters/File
JPMorgan is one of the banks that Pakistan has hired to arrange investor calls ahead of a triple-tranche sale of US dollar-denominated bonds. —Reuters/File

DUBAI: Pakistan has hired a group of banks to arrange investor calls ahead of a triple-tranche sale of US dollar-denominated bonds, a document showed on Thursday.

Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Emirates NBD Capital, JPMorgan, Standard Chartered and BOC International will hold calls with fixed income investors, the document from one of the banks showed.

A benchmark issuance comprising tenors of five, 10 and 30 years will follow, subject to market conditions. Tranches of benchmark size are usually at least $500 million.

Cash-strapped Pakistan has been in dire need of funds after its economy was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and contracted.

Questions over fiscal and revenue reforms had led to the suspension of a $6-billion bailout package by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since early last year.

The IMF and Pakistan reached agreement last month to resume the suspended facility, subject to approval by the IMF board.

The IMF approved a $500 million disbursement to Pakistan for budget support after the board completed delayed reviews of the$6-billion loan programme on Wednesday.

The latest payment brought to $2 billion the total disbursements under the Extended Fund Facility since the programme was first approved in July 2019, the IMF said in a statement.

The central bank has revised its GDP growth target to 3 per cent from 2 per cent for fiscal 2020/21, while the IMF projects 1.5 per cent.

Historically remittances and good debt inflows have shored up Pakistan’s foreign reserves to help its currency recover against the dollar.

Published in Dawn, March 26th, 2021

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