Saudi Hollandi Bank’s SR775m Issue Closes

JEDDAH - The Saudi Hollandi Bank’s (SHB) SR775 million issue closed successfully on Monday. It is the first tranche of a SR1.5 billion Tier-II Sukuk issuance recently approved by the bank’s shareholders. Saudi Hollandi Capital acted as sole lead manager & book runner for this transaction.

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Published: Wed 2 Jan 2008, 1:36 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:37 PM

“The successful closure of this Sukuk puts SHB as the first bank in the Middle East to support its capital in a Shariah-compliant manner,” SHB’s Chairman Mubarak Al Khafrah said on Tuesday.

He added that the decision to support the bank’s capital is aimed to help SHB achieve its plans to grow its Shariah-compliant services and products to meet client requirements and also to achieve higher returns for shareholders.

The Sukuk is a Floating Rate Note (FRN) with tenor of 10 years, with an option to call it at the end of 5 years. Investors will receive a return of SIBOR (Saudi interbank offered rate) plus 2 per cent per annum to be distributed bi-annually. The principal investment amount will be returned as a bullet payment on maturity.

Geoff Calvert, SHB’s managing director, explained, that the SR775 million Mudaraba Sukuk was a Shariah-compliant follow-up to the bank’s first Tier-II capital bond for 700 million that was issued in 2004.“SHB’s Sukuk issue is the first by a bank in the Middle East and is expected to set the standard for future Shariah-compliant debt issues in the Kingdom and the region,” he said.

“The kingdom is one of the fastest growing markets in the world for Islamic banking and finance and with this Sukuk issue, SHB extends its long tradition of bringing innovative financing solutions to the Saudi market,” Al Khafrah said.

He thanked SHB’s Shariah Committee for their guidance and support in the Sukuk transaction. Calvert said that the bank has successfully closed this issue with a positive response from a number of major institutional, corporate and private clients.

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