May 29 2011
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10-year Sukuk for Malaysia
In spite of the battering that the greenback has been having of late, Malaysia is now said to be planning a 10-year Sukuk denominated in the beleaguered currency. The last time Malaysia issued a dollar denominated sovereign Sukuk was in June 2010 when its $1.25bn Ijarah issue carried a 5-year tenor. Arrangers on the last issue were HSBC Amanah , CIMB Islamic and Barclays Capital. It is likely that at least two of these three will be involved in the new issue.
Prior to the 2010 issue Malaysia had only tapped the international Islamic debt capital market on two occasions before: once in 2002 and once in 2001. The 2002 issue was also a 5-year Ijarah Sukuk and was for $600m. HSBC Amanah was the lead arranger for this issue too.
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