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Kuwait Pledges Prudent Borrowing After $8 Billion Debut Sale

  • OPEC member raised funds by selling 5-year, 10-year debt
  • Premium lower than sales by Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia
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Kuwait Plans to Sell 5 to 10 Year Debt

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A top Kuwaiti official said the oil-rich country will be a “prudent” borrower after raising $8 billion in its first international bond sale at rates lower than other Gulf Arab states seeking to plug budget deficits. Stocks rose.

The OPEC member sold $3.5 billion in five-year notes at 75 basis points over similar-maturity U.S. Treasuries and $4.5 billion in 10-year bonds at a 100 basis-point spread, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity. The offer attracted about $29 billion in bids, the person said, allowing Kuwait to sell at a lower rate than Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia offered last year, data compiled by Bloomberg show.