Maldives sovereign bond offer tests economic prospects – Nikkei Asian Review

COLOMBO — In an apartment block facing Colombo’s coast, members of the large Maldivian diaspora in the Sri Lankan capital are discussing economic developments at home. The latest topic: a decision by the government of President Abdulla Yameen to float the country’s first sovereign bond, seeking to raise $200 million.

Commercial bankers in Sri Lanka, the Maldives’ closest neighbor, are also tuning in for more details. “We still don’t know the yield and the date of the issue,” a senior commercial banker in Colombo said, asking not to be identified. All that is known is that the bond will have a maturity of five years and will be issued within March.

Moody’s, a global credit ratings agency, has assigned a B2 rating with a “stable outlook” to the Maldivian bond. But the rating falls into the agency’s “highly speculative category,” and is labeled “subject to high credit risk.”

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