Citigroup, HSBC Said Among Banks Advising on Debut Kuwaiti Bond

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  • Other advisors include JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, StanChart
  • Government said it may raise as much as $10 billion of debt

Kuwait picked six banks to advise on its first international debt sale as the OPEC member joins other Gulf Arab monarchies shoring up public finances after the slump in oil prices.

Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and HSBC Holdings Plc are working as lead managers on the sale, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information isn’t public. Deutsche Bank AG, Standard Chartered Plc and NBK Capital were also hired as advisers, they said.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Abu Dhabi raised more than $30 billion from global bond markets last year to finance their budget deficits. The Kuwaiti government said in July it may raise as much as $10 billion from global debt markets. The country is rated AA at S&P Global Ratings, the third-highest investment grade.

Deputy Prime Minister Anas Al Saleh said on Friday he expects the budget deficit to drop below the 9.6 billion dinar ($31.5 billion) forecast by the government. An average oil price of $55 would cut the shortfall by half, he said.

“When we close the accounts, our deficit will be less,” he told Bloomberg Television’s Erik Schatzker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Officials from JPMorgan, HSBC and Deutsche Bank declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg News. Citigroup and Standard Chartered had no immediate comment and calls to NBK Capital during the weekend weren’t answered.