Jul 20 2009
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RAK Capital's Upcoming Sukuk Issue Assigned 'A' Rating
As per the original rating of the program in May 2008, we expect all issuances of certificates under this program to be rated 'A'. The rating on the program (and any issuance under it) is thereby equal to, and fully reliant on, the rating on the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (A/Stable/A-1).
RAK Capital is a Cayman-based special-purpose entity established for this transaction. The transaction structure allows the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah to raise funds on Sharia (Islamic principles) compliant terms, with better distribution and sales perspectives, rather than to distinguish its obligations under this transaction from those under a conventional bond.
The rating on the program is further supported by the contractual commitment and our view of the strong incentive for the Emirate to treat its obligations under this transaction as direct and unconditional obligations, pari passu with its other obligations, including conventional debt.
For a copy of Standard & Poor's complete presale report for this transaction, click here (RatingsDirect direct subscribers only).
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