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Bank Negara, Etisalat, Senegal, Pakistan: Islamic Bond Alert

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- The following borrowers are expected to sell Islamic bonds, which use asset returns to pay investors to comply with the religion’s ban on interest.

Global sales of sukuk fell 29 percent to $13.7 billion so far this year from the same period in 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Issuance totaled $20.2 billion last year, up from $14.1 billion in 2008.

BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA: The central bank plans to sell 500 million ringgit ($159 million) of Islamic bonds at an auction on Nov. 22, it said on its website.

(Added Nov. 15. News:{TNI MALAY NEWBON <GO>}).

KPJ HEALTHCARE BHD.: The Malaysian healthcare provider plans to sell as much as 500 million ringgit of sukuk to help refinance existing debt and fund the company’s capital spending requirements. Affin Investment Bank Bhd. will be the lead arranger for the debt sale, KPJ said in a statement.

(Added Nov. 12. News:{KPJ MK <Equity> TCNI NEWBON <GO>}).

EMIRATES TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.: The United Arab Emirates’ largest phone operator, known as Etisalat, said it will sell sukuk under its $1 billion Islamic bond program, part of a plan to raise $8 billion to diversify its funding and manage debt maturities, according to an e-mail on Nov. 11.

(Added Nov. 11. News:{ETISALAT UH <Equity> TCNI BON <GO>}).

SENEGAL: The West African nation may sell its first Islamic bond with involvement from Citigroup Inc., a Finance Ministry spokesman said. “We are working on this, but it’s not yet for sure,” said Ousmane Gueye in an interview in Dakar, the capital. He declined to provide details about the offer’s date, value or specifically say how Citigroup is involved.

(Added Nov. 9. News: {TNI SENEGAL ECO <GO>}).

PAKISTAN: The central bank will sell 40 billion rupees ($469 million) of three-year Islamic bonds at an auction on Dec. 13, the State Bank of Pakistan said in a statement. It sold 51.8 billion rupees of sukuk in the domestic market on Nov. 8. The central bank may sell such bonds on a quarterly or half-yearly basis, said Saleem Ullah, a director at the central bank.

(Added Nov. 8. News:{NSE PAKISTAN SUKUK <GO>}).

SOVEREIGN SUKUK: An unidentified government new to Islamic finance may sell its first sukuk before the end of March, Hulusi Horozoglu, Citigroup Inc.’s Dubai-based director of global Islamic banking, said in Beirut on Nov. 5. “The size of the issue is not decided yet,” he said, declining to provide further details.

(Added Nov. 5. News:{NI NEWBON <GO>}).

SUDAN: The African country plans to raise $600 million from the sale of three-year local-currency Islamic bonds by the end of 2010, central bank Governor Sabir Hassan said. The government has started offering $200 million of sukuk and plans to conclude the issue this month. The remaining $400 million will be sold in stages, said Hassan. The Islamic bonds will pay investors a return of between 12 percent and 13 percent every quarter.

(Added Nov. 3. News:{TNI SUDAN NEWBON <GO>}).

ALBARAKA BANKING GROUP: The largest listed Islamic bank in Bahrain expects to raise $200 million from the sale of Shariah-compliant bonds before the end of the year, using Standard Chartered Plc as one of the managers, Chief Executive Officer Adnan Ahmed Yousif said.

(Added: Oct. 31. News:{BARKA DU <Equity> TCNI BON <GO>}).

ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK: The multilateral lender plans to sell at least $500 million of sukuk in 2011 to meet its funding needs of more than $1 billion annually, said Vice President Abdul Aziz Al Hinai. The bank sold a similar amount in October.

(Added Oct. 26. News:{576200Z AB <Equity> CN <GO>}).

THAILAND: The Islamic Bank of Thailand, the nation’s only bank to comply with Shariah law’s ban on interest, will delay its first sale of sukuk until early next year as it awaits new guidelines from the securities commission, President Dheerasak Suwannayos said. The government is also considering selling 40 billion baht ($1.3 billion) to 50 billion baht of Islamic bonds to fund infrastructure projects, said Dheerasak, who is a member of the government’s steering committee for Islamic finance.

(Added: Oct. 26. News:{TNI THAI ISLAMFIN BN <GO>}).

KNM GROUP BHD.: The Malaysian oil and gas services provider won approval from the Securities Commission to sell as much as 1.5 billion ringgit ($485 million) of Islamic debt, according to a company filing to the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange. The proposed issue involves as much as 400 million ringgit of commercial papers and 1.1 billion ringgit of medium term notes, it said.

(Added Oct. 26. News:{KNMG MK <Equity> CN <GO>}).

CAGAMAS BHD.: Malaysia’s national mortgage company may sell more Islamic bonds this year and next following a sale in August under its 5 billion ringgit Sukuk al-Amanah Li al-Istithmar, or ALIm, program, Chief Executive Officer Steven Choy said. The company sold 500 million ringgit of Islamic bonds on Oct. 18, Bloomberg data show. As much as 1 billion ringgit of notes under the sukuk ALIm program was sold in August.

(Added Oct. 18. News:{CAGA MK <Equity> TCNI ISLAMFIN <GO>}).

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL CO.: Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest state-owned oil company, and Total SA plan to sell Islamic bonds valued at $1 billion this year to fund construction of their joint oil refinery in Jubail, said Simon Eedle, global head of Islamic banking at Credit Agricole SA, the lead arranger of the issuance.

(Added: Oct. 11. News:{131861Z AB <Equity> TCNI NEWBON <GO>}).

GAMUDA BHD.: The Malaysian builder plans to sell as much as 800 million ringgit of Islamic notes this year under its proposed 25-year Islamic Medium-Term Notes Program, according to RAM Rating Services Bhd., which rated the bonds AA3, its fourth-highest rating.

(Added Oct. 11. News:{NI MALAY RAM <GO>}).

EGYPT: Egypt plans to issue guidelines on Islamic debt issuance in 2011 to pave the way for sukuk sales in the country, said Ziad Bahaa El-Din, chairman of the Cairo-based Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority. Al Baraka Bank Egypt ESC, a Cairo unit of Bahrain-based Islamic lender Albaraka Banking Group, may sell dollar-denominated Islamic bonds in the second half of 2011, said the bank’s Chairman Adnan Ahmed Yousif.

(Added Oct. 11. News:{TNI EGYPT ISLAMFIN <GO>}).

PT BANK MUAMALAT INDONESIA: The Islamic lender plans to sell 1 trillion rupiah ($112 million) of Islamic bonds in the second half of 2011, Andi Buchari, director of compliance and corporate planning at the Jakarta-based bank, was quoted as saying by the Investor Daily newspaper.

(Added: Oct. 6. News:{TNI INDO BNK <GO>}).

SENAI-DESARU EXPRESSWAY BHD.: The operator of Malaysia’s third-longest highway in the state of Johor will issue as much as 1.15 billion ringgit of Islamic medium-term notes to bondholders as part of its debt restructuring program, Chief Executive Officer Mustaza Salim said. The new issue includes debt with maturities ranging from one year to 20.5 years, the company said in a statement.

(Added: Oct. 5. News:{9948Z MK <Equity> TCNI BON <GO>}).

MALAYSIA DEBT VENTURES BHD.: The venture capital firm owned by the Ministry of Finance plans to sell as much as 500 million ringgit of sukuk in September or October next year to fund investments in technology projects, said Chief Executive Officer Md. Zubir Ansori Yahaya. The company sold the same amount of notes in October.

(Added: Sept. 29. News:{TNI MALAY NEWBON BN <GO>}).

INDONESIA: Southeast Asia’s largest economy plans to sell Islamic debt in the overseas market in the first half of 2011 and for individual investors in the first quarter, said Rahmat Waluyanto, director general at the finance ministry’s debt management office.

(Added: Sept. 28. News:{TNI INDO ISLAMFIN <GO>}).

TURKEY: Citigroup Inc. plans to arrange more sales of Islamic bonds from Turkey after managing a $100 million issue for Kuveyt Turk Katilim Bankasi AS, said Hulusi Horozoglu, director of global Islamic banking at Citigroup in August. Kuveyt may sell more than $100 million of five-year sukuk in 2012, the company’s Chief Executive Officer Ufuk Uyan said Aug. 25. The government may consider selling yen-denominated bonds or Islamic securities, Emre Balibek, the Treasury’s deputy general director for public finance, said in June. Turkey is rated Ba2 by Moody’s Investors Service and BB by Standard & Poor’s.

(Added: Sept. 20. News:{2665369Z TI <Equity> CN <GO>}).

NAKHEEL PJSC: The property unit of Dubai World may issue as much as $3.2 billion of five-year sukuk to pay contractors as part of its debt restructuring plan, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said in a report Aug. 26. The bond to be issued against trade claims is estimated to have a fair value in the low 60 cents to the U.S. dollar, it said. Nakheel will issue bonds this year to cover 60 percent of debt it owes contractors, Chairman Ali Rashed Lootah was quoted as saying by Al Khaleej.

(Added Sept. 6. News:{840705Z UH <Equity> TCNI BON <GO>}).

KAZAKHSTAN: The former Soviet republic that last sold debt overseas in 2000 is planning a debut Islamic bond sale this year to broaden its investor base, said Aibek Bekzhanov, head of Islamic instruments at the Regional Financial Center of Almaty without giving details.

(Added July 29. News:{TNI KAZAKH ISLAMFIN BN <GO>}).

PHILIPPINES: State-owned Al-Amanah Islamic Bank is looking to sell the nation’s first Islamic bonds, the lender’s President Armando Samia said in July, without giving the size or timing. The proposal is at a “very exploratory stage,” he said.

(Added July 26. News:{TNI PHIL ISLAMFIN <GO>}).

AHMED SALEM BUGSHAN GROUP: The Saudi Arabia-based company, known as ASB, plans to raise as much as $100 million selling five-year Islamic bonds to fund projects including a mega-steel plant and a real-estate development, Mohamed H. Zakaria, senior vice president of the group, said in an e-mailed statement. The bond will offer a semi-annual return of 125 basis points more than six-month Libor, the rate banks charge each other on loans. ASB may ask Fitch Ratings or S&P to rate the debt, he said.

(Added: June 13. News:{TNI SAUDI ISLAMFIN <GO>}).

SAUDI ELECTRICITY CO.: The Arab world’s largest utility company may issue global sukuk in 2011 after April’s sale of 7 billion riyals ($1.87 billion) of Islamic notes, according to Executive Director of Treasury Fahad Alsudairy.

(Added: May 18. News:{SECO AB <Equity> TCNI BON <GO>}).

LUXEMBOURG: The country is considering selling Islamic bonds, central bank Governor Yves Mersch said at a conference in Bahrain without disclosing the size and the timing of the sale.


KENCANA PETROLEUM BHD.: The Malaysian oil and gas contractor will sell 250 million ringgit of Islamic bonds this year to help finance vessel purchases. State bond insurer Danajamin Nasional Bhd. agreed to guarantee the notes, enabling them to have the highest AAA rating for local bonds.

(Added April 30. News:{KEPB MK <Equity> TCNI BON <GO>}).

WAHA CAPITAL PJSC: The Abu Dhabi-based investment and leasing company said its shareholders approved a plan to issue mandatory convertible bonds or sukuk worth 1 billion dirhams to strengthen its finances and support expansion plans.

(Added: April 28. News:{WAHA UH <Equity> CN CRL <GO>})

EMIRATES INTEGRATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO.: The Dubai-based phone operator known as Du, may consider selling Islamic bonds in coming years to fund expansion, Chief Executive Officer Osman Sultan said in April without disclosing the amount.

(Added April 19. News:{DU UH <Equity> CN <GO>}).

LAFARGE MALAYAN CEMENT BHD.: Malaysia’s largest cement maker will sell as much as 350 million ringgit of Islamic bonds under a seven-year program to fund expansion, the company said March 26. The debt is rated AA2 by RAM Rating Services Bhd., its third-highest ranking for long-term corporate debt instruments.

(Added: March 26. News:{LMC MK <Equity> CN <GO>}).

To contact the reporters on this story: Soraya Permatasari in Kuala Lumpur at; Khalid Qayum in Singapore at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sandy Hendry at

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