Oman to issue 500 million rials of bonds, sukuk in early 2015 -banker

Oman is expected to issue 500 million rials ($1.3 billion) worth of conventional and Islamic sovereign debt early next year, and aims to choose the arranging banks in October. Last month, the finance ministry received applications from banks to arrange the issuance, with plans to raise 300 million rials via conventional bonds and 200 million rials with sukuk, said Jamil Al Jaroudi, chief executive of Bank Nizwa. The issuance would be in local currency and would apparently be separate from an international, U.S. dollar-denominated sovereign bond issue which Oman has said it may conduct. It is expected to be in the market in the first quarter of 2015.