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Economy to Grow 1.5% in 2018, 4.5% in 2019

By John Lee. The Iraqi economy is forecast to grow 1.5 percent in 2018, according to a report from BMI Research, a unit of rating agency Fitch. It goes on to predict that the economy will jump 4.5 percent in 2019 as a result of reconstruction efforts. (Source: MENAFN)

Huge Demand for Iraqi Govt Bonds

By John Lee. Iraq opened the books yesterday on its first independent bond sale in a decade. “Investor demand was huge,” writese Marcus Ashworth at Bloomberg. “The deal was seven times oversubscribed.” The $1-billion, dollar-denominated bond, maturing in March 2023, was expected yield 7 percent, but demand enabled that to be cut to 6.75 percent. […]

Iraq plans $2bn Bond Sale

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Iraq expects to sell $2 billion in eurobonds in the last quarter of this year, when international aid starts coming in, helping lower its cost of borrowing. Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari (pictured) told the news agency that Iraq expects to receive $600 million in September from the International Monetary […]

Standard Chartered in talks on $2bn Iraq Bond Sale

By John Lee. The CEO of Standard Chartered in Iraq has said that the bank is in talks with Iraq’s Finance Ministry to take part in a $2-billion bond sale this year. Andreas Meletiou also told Bloomberg that the London-based bank is also holding talks with other government institutions about their financing needs. A planned […]

Fitch revises Iraq’s Outlook to Negative

Fitch Ratings has revised its outlook on Iraq’s Long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to Negative from Stable and affirmed the IDR at ‘B-‘. The Country Ceiling has been affirmed at ‘B-‘ and the Short-Term foreign currency IDR at ‘B’. KEY RATING DRIVERS The revision of the Outlook reflects the following key rating drivers: […]

Iraq Ready to Market Bonds

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Iraqi officials are planning to start marketing a new Eurobond following the Labor Day holiday in the U.S., which falls on 7th September. Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase are to be the lead managers for the deal, which is expected to be unsecured. Iraq is hoping to raise […]

Int’l Banks hired for $6bn Bond Sale

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has reportedly appointed three major international banks to advise on its first international bond issue in almost a decade. Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase will assist in placing $6 billion (7.2 trillion Iraqi dinars) of new government bonds, in an attempt to bridge the budget deficit. According to […]

Fitch Rates Iraqi Debt as ‘Junk’

Fitch Ratings issued its first rating on Iraqi sovereign debt, giving it the fifth-worst junk grade, due in part to the cost of the civil conflict and the global slump in oil prices. The rating comes as the country is planning a $5-billion bond issue towards the end of this year. The international ratings agency […]