DUBAI, Following are major Islamic bond issues in the global pipeline.
The Thomson Reuters Global Sukuk Index is at 115.64836 points, up from 115.41158 at the end of last month and 109.78969 at the end of last year. The Thomson Reuters Investment Grade Sukuk Index is at 113.89345 points, against 113.67021 at end-October and 107.28036 at the end of 2013.
INDONESIA – The Indonesian government plans to issue global sukuk in the first quarter of next year before the U.S. Federal Reserve starts increasing interest rates, Scenaider Siahaan, a director at Indonesia’s Debt Management Office Management, told Reuters; he did not give details.
FLYDUBAI – The United Arab Emirates’ flydubai mandated CACIB, Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD, HSBC, NBAD, Noor Bank and Standard Chartered to arrange fixed income meetings between Nov. 13 and 18 for a dollar-denominated benchmark sukuk issue, bankers said.
JIMAH EAST POWER – Maybank Investment Bank has teamed up with AmInvestment Bank as joint lead manager for the 8.4 billion ringgit ($2.5 billion) sukuk murabaha project financing bond of Malaysia’s Jimah East Power, bankers said in early November. Timing for the launch of the issue may slip from a targeted financial close in early November.
PAKISTAN – Pakistan plans to issue a U.S. dollar-denominated Islamic bond worth at least $500 million in November, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said early in the month after meeting International Monetary Fund officials.
FLEETCORP – Turkey’s Fleetcorp, wholly owned by Kuwait’s The International Investor, has received regulatory approval to raise up to 150 million lira ($66.2 million) via sukuk, the Capital Markets Board said in early November.
DRB-HICOM – Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom said in early November it had applied to the Securities Commission for a proposed perpetual sukuk musharaka programme of 2 billion ringgit.
BANK RAKYAT – Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia was to kick off bookbuilding on a ringgit-denominated sukuk in the week of Nov. 10. CIMB and Maybank are joint lead managers for the offer, which is expected to comprise tenors of five and/or seven years. The bank aims to raise at least 300 million ringgit.
MUMTALAKAT – Bahraini sovereign fund Mumtalakat set up separate sukuk and conventional bond issuance programmes at the Irish stock exchange to raise as much as $1 billion, to help refinance maturing debt next year, Fitch Ratings said in early November.
AIRASIA – AirAsia Bhd, Asia’s largest budget airline, is seeking to raise up to 1 billion ringgit with a sukuk programme to fund aircraft and spare part purchases as well as to refinance its debt, bankers said at the end of October.
BANK MUSCAT – The Islamic unit of Bank Muscat, Oman’s largest lender, plans to tap the sukuk market in the first quarter of next year, in what would be the first sukuk sale by a bank in the country, a bank official said in late October. The issue would fall under a 500 million rial ($1.3 billion) sukuk programme which shareholders approved in March this year.
TEMASEK EKSLUSIF – Temasek Ekslusif, a wholly owned unit of Malaysian property developer Gamuda Bhd, will raise up to 1 billion ringgit with Islamic bonds, ratings agency RAM Ratings said late in October.
OMAN – Oman’s government will make its first issue of rial-denominated sukuk for the domestic market as soon as in the first quarter of 2015; the issue may be worth the equivalent of around $300 million or $400 million, with maturities of five or seven years, financial affairs minister Darwish al-Balushi told Reuters in late October.
KAZAKHSTAN – Kazakhstan may make its second international issue of sukuk next year, central bank governor Kairat Kelimbetov told Reuters in late October. The issue would probably be quasi-sovereign but plans have not been finalised yet; details are likely to be decided near the end of this year.
LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg is open to the idea of making more sovereign sukuk issues after conducting its first such issue at the end of September, Luxembourg finance minister Pierre Gramegna told Reuters in late October.
ADVANCED PETROCHEMICAL – Saudi Arabia’s Advanced Petrochemical Co will begin meeting investors on Oct. 26 ahead of a potential sale of sukuk denominated in riyals, it said.
TUNISIA – The Tunisian government picked banks including Citigroup, Natixis and Standard Chartered for a debut U.S. dollar sukuk issue, sources said in late October. Tunisia’s prime minister told Reuters that the $500 million isue was expected to be completed this year.
ETISALAT – Abu Dhabi-based telecommunications firm Etisalat is planning its first sukuk issue, bankers told IFR in early October. The company will have the documents ready in coming weeks, but the deal is more likely to be launched in early 2015, they said.
BANK ISLAM – Malaysia’s Bank Islam, wholly owned by BIMB Holdings, has set up a 1 billion ringgit subordinated sukuk programme to boost its regulatory capital, RAM Ratings said in early October.
BINTULU PORT – Malaysia’s Bintulu Port Holdings is expected to prepare for its planned Samalaju Port project with a proposed sukuk issue, likely to be 700-800 million ringgit, The Edge daily reported in early October.
TURKEY – Turkey wants to make an international sovereign sukuk issue annually, but has not yet made final plans for a sukuk this year, a Treasury official told IFR in early October.
MALAYSIA MARINE – Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering said in late September it had received approval from the Securities Commission to establish a sukuk murabaha programme of up to 1 billion ringgit.
TURKIYE FINANS – Turkiye Finans Katilim Bankasi plans to issue $50 million worth of ringgit-denominated sukuk in Malaysia by year-end to diversify its funding base, chief executive Derya Gurerk told Reuters in late September.
MAHCO MALAYSIA – Mahco Malaysia, a vehicle to issue sukuk for Mohammed Othman Al Houkail Trading & Contracting Co, a medium-sized contractor in Saudi Arabia, proposed an Islamic medium-term note programme of up to 300 million ringgit, RAM Ratings said in late September.
CENDANA SEJATI – Malaysia’s Cendana Sejati, a unit of local bank Masraf Al Barakah, proposed a 360 million ringgit senior sukuk murabaha medium-term note programme, RAM Ratings said in late September.
AGAOGLU – Turkish construction-to-energy Agaoglu Group plans to raise around $300 million by issuing sukuk, Niyazi Albay, Agaoglu’s chief investment officer, told Reuters in mid-September. No specific time frame was given.
KUVEYT TURK – Lender Kuveyt Turk, 62 percent owned by Kuwait Finance House , plans to issue sukuk in Malaysia, aiming to raise as much as 2 billion ringgit, Turkey’s Capital Markets Board said in mid-September. It gave no details.
AKTIF BANK – Aktif Bank, Turkey’s largest privately owned investment bank, has received regulatory approval to issue 200 million lira in sukuk, the Capital Markets Board said.
IFFI – The International Finance Facility for Immunisation Co. (IFFI), for which the World Bank acts as treasury manager, has picked four banks for a potential U.S. dollar-denominated sukuk, a document from lead managers showed in mid-September.
DOGUS GROUP – Turkish conglomerate Dogus Group has received regulatory approval to raise $370 million by issuing the country’s first U.S. dollar-denominated corporate sukuk, the Capital Markets Board said in late August. No time frame was given.
CIMB Islamic – CIMB Islamic, the sharia-compliant unit of Malaysia’s second largest bank, is preparing an Islamic bond programme to raise up to 5 billion ringgit, ratings agency MARC said in late August.
SUNWAY – Malaysian property developer Sunway will raise up to 2 billion ringgit by issuing sukuk mudaraba, it said in August; short-term commercial paper under the programme will have maturities of between a month and a year, while medium-term notes will have maturities of one to seven years. Sunway will make its first issuance within two years.
MALAYSIA AIRPORTS – Malaysia Airports Holdings hired four banks for a subordinated perpetual sukuk musharaka to raise 1 billion ringgit; investor meetings would be held on Aug. 25.
RAS AL-KHAIMAH – The emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, part of the UAE, invited banks to pitch for arranger roles on a potential dollar-denominated sukuk, sources said in early June. However, bankers said in August that Ras al-Khaimah had sent out requests for proposals for a syndicated loan, casting doubt on whether the planned sukuk issue would now go ahead.
GULF FINANCE HOUSE – Bahrain-based Gulf Finance House said in mid-August it planned a $200 million sukuk issue to repay outstanding debt and for acquisitions. The deal would take place in coming months.
ADIRA DINAMIKA – Indonesia’s PT Adira Dinamika Multi Finance plans to raise at least 500 billion rupiah ($42 million) with ringgit-denominated sukuk in Malaysia by the end of the year, bankers said.
K-ELECTRIC – Karachi-based utility K-Electric plans to raise as much as 22 billion rupees ($223 million) through sukuk to refinance existing debt, the company said in late June.
KENYA – Kenya plans to issue another international bond and may consider a debut sukuk issue, the finance minister said in late June, after a successful debut $2 billion eurobond closed.
BANK MUAMALAT – Malaysia’s Bank Muamalat, a unit of sovereign fund Khazanah and auto-to-property conglomerate DRB-Hicom Bhd, will raise up to 2 billion ringgit with Islamic bonds, credit agency Malaysian Rating Corp said in late June.
BAHRI – National Shipping Co of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) plans to arrange long-term sharia-compliant financing in the next year to replace a bridge loan backing its $1.3 billion acquisition of Saudi Aramco’s marine unit, Bahri said in June. Banking sources prebiously told Reuters Bahri was looking at a potential debut sukuk issue to replace the bridge loan.
SOCIETE GENERALE – Societe Generale completed the roadshow for the first issue in its 1 billion ringgit multi-currency sukuk programme in Malaysia, and would decide on the size in days, the bank said on June 18. In early July, banking sources said Societe Generale was still seeking a window to launch.
IFC – The International Finance Corp, the World Bank’s lender to the private sector, is considering a return to the Islamic bond market, an IFC official said. A sukuk issue is still in the early stages of discussion but would likely be in the fiscal year starting in July 2014.
JORDAN – Jordan’s government is studying a proposal to issue its first Islamic bond as early as next year, possibly raising over $1 billion in multiple currencies, but a preference for concessionary loans from aid donor countries could hinder the plan, government sources said.
MALAYSIAN RESOURCES CORP – Malaysian Resources Corp, a local construction firm, said on June 12 it would issue Islamic bonds to raise up to 680 million ringgit for land acquisitions and working capital.
BANGLADESH – The central bank is seeking to amend rules on its existing sukuk programme to broaden its use and allow for sovereign issuance by the government, a central bank spokesman said in June.
AL OTHAIM – Saudi Arabia’s Al Othaim Real Estate and Investment Co, owner of five shopping malls in the kingdom, plans to issue its debut local currency sukuk as early as in June, sources aware of the matter said at the start of the month. The transaction is likely to be worth between 500 million and 1 billion riyals ($133-267 million), one of the sources added.
JEDDAH ECONOMIC CO – Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Economic Co said in mid-May it was in talks with local banks to raise funds for the 14 billion riyal first phase of its Kingdom City project. For part of the money, “we are looking at the bonds and sukuk market but this will need a structure in place, which we are working on,” chief executive Mounib Hammoud said.
PELABURAN MARA – Malaysia’s Pelaburan MARA, the investment arm of Majlis Amanah Rakyat, plans to issue sukuk worth up to 1 billion ringgit this year or next to finance its investments in the oil and gas and technology sectors, group chief executive Nazim Rahman was quoted as saying in April by The Edge Financial Daily.
HUA YANG – Malaysian property development firm Hua Yang Bhd said on April 29 it had won approval from the securities commission to raise up to 250 million ringgit with an Islamic bond programme.
FIRST GULF BANK – Abu Dhabi’s First Gulf Bank, the third-largest bank by assets in the United Arab Emirates, plans to raise up to 3.5 billion ringgit with Islamic bonds in Malaysia, RAM Ratings said in March.
KILER REIT – Turkish real estate investment trust Kiler GYO plans to issue a five-year sukuk worth at least $100 million in the second half of this year, parent company Kiler Holding’s chief financial Officer Kaan Aytogu said in February.
ACWA – Last December, Saudi Arabia-based water and power project developer ACWA Power said it had raised a 1.77 billion riyal Islamic loan from four local banks to help finance investments including acquisitions and act as a bridge to a sukuk issue in 2014.
ADB – The Asian Development Bank said in December that it was considering an Islamic bond issue as early as in 2014.
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