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Qatar central bank offers 3b riyals bonds in third riyal sale of 2016

Bids for the latest offer were due on Monday, with allocations to be made the following day

Reuters
15:39 October 17, 2016

DUBAI/DOHA: Qatar’s central bank is offering 3 billion riyals (Dh3 billion; $825 million) of government bonds in its third domestic bond sale this year, according to a circular seen by Reuters.

Bids for the latest offer were due on Monday, with allocations to be made the following day, according to the offer document.

The offer is made up of 1.5 billion riyals of three-year bonds at a fixed rate of 2.25 per cent, 1 billion riyals of five-year debt at 2.75 per cent, 250 million riyals of seven-year debt at 3.25 per cent and 250 million riyals of 10-year debt at 3.75 per cent.

The offer and rates are the same as the previous domestic bond issue, which took place in September.

A central bank official told Reuters the results of the bond auction would be announced on Tuesday and declined to comment on its size.

Falling state revenues due to low oil and gas prices have slashed financial inflows into the banking system this year, raising money rates and causing the central bank to cancel several monthly sales of short-term bills.

Since June, however, money rates have come off their highs, with the three-month interbank offered rate quoted at 1.62 per cent on Monday, down from June’s multi-year peak of 1.77 per cent though still up sharply from 1.19 per cent 12 months ago.