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Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC Forms Unit to Issue Debt, Explore Funding

Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC Forms Unit to Issue Debt, Explore Funding

Tuesday, 25 January, 2022 - 12:30
A general view of ADNOC headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Christopher Pike

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) has set up a subsidiary, ADNOC Murban, to issue primary debt and explore new funding opportunities.

ADNOC Murban will become the primary debt capital markets issuing and rating entity for the ADNOC Group, the Abu Dhabi state oil giant said in a statement.

Named after Murban, ADNOC's flagship crude grade, the unit is expected to be rated AA by Standard & Poor's, Aa2 by Moody's Investor Services and AA by Fitch ratings, it said.

The ratings are aligned with its shareholder, the emirate of Abu Dhabi, it added, Reuters reported.

Saudi Aramco issued its debut bond in April 2019 which raised $12 billion, a few months before its record $29.4 billion initial public offering.

According to Reuters, global debt markets have been rattled by the US Federal Reserve's indications of a faster run of interest rate hikes and stimulus withdrawal, with the resulting rise in borrowing costs leaving investors more reluctant to lend to companies until the picture is clearer.

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