Sign of Optimism and Trust; Sharjah Islamic Bank sells $500 million Sukuk

This is SIB's eight Sukuk issuance after starting off with its first Sukuk in 2006

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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UAE-based fully Shariah-compliant bank, Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) has successfully sold a $500 million long 5-year Sukuk, with a profit rate of 2.85 percent per annum, bringing it an A- rating by S&P.

Some of the other accomplishments of the bank during the year include expansion of its investment and financial services in the area of individual or corporate financing.

SIB was able to generate significant momentum from international and regional investors with the order books reaching a high of $3.6 billion, 7.2x times greater than the issuance for the deal closed on June 16, and the liquidity obtained from this issuance process will be used to enhance SIB’s liquidity and business growth.

This is SIB’s eight Sukuk issuance after launching its first Sukuk in 2006. This establishes the bank’s trustworthiness despite the current unusual circumstances.

Mohammed Abdullah
CEO – Sharjah Islamic Bank

“The success of this Sukuk is evidence of an investor’s confidence in the solid foundation of SIB, and their belief in the growing economy of the emirate of Sharjah and UAE in general, that aligns with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. We are delighted with the results of this successful deal which have been achieved amid the challenging COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to remain committed to our local and international investors, those who have faith and continue to support our diverse funding strategy.”

He further elaborated that the launch of the Sukuk aligns with the bank’s plans and strategy, intended at boosting the bank’s capitalization rates in order to improve future growth and strengthen the bank’s financial position. The confidence of its dealers is visible considering their capacity to stay strong on global ratings. This strong financial position and the positive trend has allowed SIB to win many local, regional and international awards in the past.

The orders obtained were from as many as 150 clients, and the bank recorded excellent geographical diversification with allocations of 47% to investors in the MENA region, 39% to Asia, 10% to Europe and 4% to the US offshore.

Bank ABC, Citi, Dubai Islamic Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Islamic Corporation for Development of Private Sector, KFH Capital, Mashreq and Standard Chartered were the joint lead managers and book runners on the issuance of the Sukuk.