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Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank hires banks for $750m sukuk

ADIB’s debt sale, which still needs final approval by the bank’s shareholders, would follow months of subdued activity in the Middle East primary bond market

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DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), the largest Sharia-compliant lender in Abu Dhabi, has hired international banks to arrange the sale of $750 million (Dh2,752.5 million) in Islamic bonds, three sources familiar with the matter said.

ADIB’s debt sale, which still needs final approval by the bank’s shareholders, would follow months of subdued activity in the Middle East primary bond market, as potential issuers in the region have held back their plans because of market volatility and the price premium they might have to pay to attract demand.

HSBC and JPMorgan have been hired as coordinators for the sukuk deal, said one of the sources, while other banks will join the transaction at a later stage.

ADIB, HSBC and JPMorgan declined to comment.

ADIB’s shareholders will vote on August 19 on the planned transaction, a $750 million perpetual Tier 1 sukuk, and on the proposed repayment of an outstanding $1 billion perpetual sukuk issued in 2012.

Perpetual bonds mimic some of the characteristics of equity because they lack a maturity date.

The bank’s board is also proposing to raise capital through a Dh1 billion ($272.27 million) rights issue.

Before the $1 billion sukuk issued in 2012, ADIB had issued two five-year sukuk of $750 million and $500 million in 2010 and 2011. It repaid both the obligations without refinancing them.

ADIB reported last month a net profit of Dh572.7 million in the second quarter of this year against Dh551.6 million last year. Customer deposits amounted to Dh101.2 billion at the end of June.

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