Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has successfully priced its second sustainable sukuk – a landmark $1 billion 5.5-year senior issue with a profit rate of 4.80 per cent per annum, representing a spread of 102.4 basis points over five-year US treasuries.
The sukuk was issued in line with DIB’s sustainable finance framework, which was created to facilitate financing of green and social initiatives and projects. This deal achieved several landmarks including the largest issuance by a Middle East financial institution in the international capital markets since June 2021 and the largest-ever sustainable issuance by a Middle East Financial Institution.
This deal once again demonstrated DIB’s leadership in Islamic and sustainable finance, with an established and strong investor following from Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The sukuk was priced after completing a comprehensive marketing exercise where DIB updated investors on its positive financial performance as well as its sustainable finance framework.
The response from investors was overwhelming and despite issuing a larger size ($1 billion), DIB achieved a 3x oversubscription — which itself was the largest book size seen for a GCC bank in over a year.
“Driven by our detailed and meticulously crafted balanced growth strategy as well as the bank’s commitment towards the sustainability agenda of the UAE and the larger ‘Net Zero by 2050’ goal of the nation, we are delighted to announce the issuance of our second sustainable sukuk today, the largest-ever by a Middle East Financial Institution," Dr Adnan Chilwan, group chief executive officer, DIB, said.
He said the success of DIB’s inaugural sukuk in 2022 strongly reflected the market’s faith in the franchise and the reputation the bank enjoys in the local and international capital markets.
"The investor response for this latest issuance was overwhelming with more than $3 billion of orders allowing us to issue a larger size well within our pricing parameters. I would like to thank our investors for the continued trust and confidence placed in DIB," he said.
"As the country prepares to host COP 28, we remain committed to play an active role in fulfilling the UAE’s long-term sustainability objectives. We hope the success of our offering will encourage other issuers from the UAE to follow suit in this format,” he added.
The sukuk is issued under DIB Sukuk Ltd and is listed on Euronext Dublin and Nasdaq Dubai. Standard Chartered Bank acted as sole sustainability structurer while Bank ABC, Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD Capital, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, KFH Capital, Mashreq, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector acted as joint lead managers and bookrunners on the transaction.
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