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First Gulf Bank Issues AED3.6 Billion Mandatory Convertible Bonds

Following the Board of Directors meeting held today, First Gulf Bank (FGB) announced the issuance of mandatory convertible bonds worth AED3.6 billion to UAE institutional strategic partners.

Maturity date for the bonds is July 2011, and the interest rate to be paid to the bond holders before conversion into shares is 3 months EIBOR + 1%, while the conversion rate has been calculated at AED28.80.

The list of UAE strategic partners whose FGB convertible bonds will be issued to, includes: Mubadala Development Company, Emirates Investment Authority, Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund, Dubai Ventures a member of Dubai Group , Tasameem, Seven Emirates for Investments and International Trading, Capital Investment, Sanabel, Al Ain International Group, Al Nahdha Investments, and Al Tadamoun Investments.

Bonds could be converted into shares after three months from date of issue date at the option of FGB.

The bonds will be used by FGB for its corporate and retail organic growth as well as to fund the organic growth of its associated companies.

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