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Maaal: Saudi to sell new 20 bln riyal bond issue to banks next week

Saudi Arabia’s government contacted local banks on Monday to sell them local currency bonds worth 20 billion riyals

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Saudi Arabia’s government contacted local banks on Monday to sell them local currency bonds worth 20 billion riyals ($5.3 billion), which will be allocated next week, the Maaal financial website reported, citing unnamed sources.

The new issues will bring to 115 billion riyals the amount of bonds issued by the government to local banks this year. It resumed issuing bonds to banks in July for the first time since 2007 to cover a budget deficit created by low oil prices.

The maturities on the latest bonds will yield slightly less than the previous issue back in November. The new five-year tranche will yield 1.95 percent, a seven-year portion will yield 2.20 percent, and a 10-year tranche 2.85 percent, according to the website.