FAB marks 1st public issuance in 2023 with 5-year $500mn Sukuk

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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FAB issues public sukuk issuance of 2023
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First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the UAE’s largest bank, has re-opened the international capital markets for Middle East issuers with the first dollar-denominated Sukuk of the year, a $500 million RegS 5-year Sukuk issue.

FAB also acted as a joint lead manager on this Sukuk issuance. The 5-year Sukuk was priced at 90 basis points over the US Treasury Rate which is equivalent to a profit rate of 4.581 percent and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Rula Al Qadi_FAB issues 1st sukuk of 2023
Rula Al Qadi
Group Treasurer

“We’re delighted with the result of our first public issuance in 2023. While this issuance is catered predominantly to our Islamic investors, it also refreshes our pricing benchmark for our private placements and issuances in other markets. I would like to thank our investors and partners for the trust placed in FAB which helped us price inside our conventional curve, a fantastic result, especially after a very tumultuous 2022 for fixed income. Our wholesale funding will be driven by the diversity of investor base and cost-efficient markets and the Sukuk market is especially important for us in this regard.”

Based on FAB’s funding curve, the Sukuk pricing is circa 10 basic points (bps) inside fair value for a new 5-year bond and at zero new issue premium for a new 5-year Sukuk. This is an exceptional result given the market volatility witnessed in 2022 and possible only due to the bank’s sound credit profile and standing with international investors.