Dubai's Sobha Realty expected to raise $300 million with debut sukuk — document

The five-year sukuk non-callable for three years launched at a yield of 8.75%

 

The exterior of a show villa in Sobha Hartland, one of the projects launched by Sobha Realty in Dubai. — KT file
The exterior of a show villa in Sobha Hartland, one of the projects launched by Sobha Realty in Dubai. — KT file

Published: Mon 10 Jul 2023, 10:27 PM

Dubai-based real estate developer Sobha Realty is set to raise $300 million through a debut sale of Islamic bonds, a bank document showed on Monday.

By Reuters

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The five-year sukuk non-callable for three years launched at a yield of 8.75 per cent, the lower end of initial guidance earlier on Monday of 8.75-8.875 per cent, after drawing final orders of more than $525 million, the document from one of the arranging banks said.


Demand excluded interest from joint lead managers, and earlier peaked at more than $600 million.

Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD Capital, Mashreq and Standard Chartered are joint global coordinators, and Sharjah Islamic Bank joins them as joint lead manager.


Sobha Realty is mainly active in Dubai's real estate market, where it had an 8 per cent market share in the first quarter, according to a presentation on its website.

Dubai's property sector has been booming since it began an early post-Covid recovery as the city reopened.

Sobha Realty reported sales of Dh10.82 billion and revenues of Dh5.55 billion last year, up from Dh4.38 billion and Dh3.17 billion respectively in 2021.

As of March 30, the firm had Dh180 million of debt maturing this year, Dh171 million next year, Dh1.34 billion due in 2025 and Dh106 million due in 2026, the presentation showed.

Its net debt to operating EBITDA ratio was 0.9 in 2022 from 3.3 in 2021 and 13.5 in 2020.

The company was founded by its chair PNC Menon in 1976 as an interior design business in Oman, and has developments in the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Brunei and India, according to its website.

Menon and other family members are majority owners of Sobha Ltd, a Mumbai-listed business.


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