By Hani Ibrahim, Head of Debt Capital Markets at QInvest
Islamic Finance News
n the 19th October 2016, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) priced its inaugural international bond issuance, raising US$17.5 billion. There is no question that this was a landmark global transaction; the largest debut debt capital markets transaction, the largest emerging markets bond issue and the largest syndicated sovereign bond. However, one fact was notable only by its absence: there was no Islamic tranche as part of the issuance, unlike the recent sovereign issuance from Bahrain. So why did the KSA issue its jumbo debut issuance in a bond format and could it not also issue in a similar size and tenor in the Sukuk format? HANI IBRAHIM delves further.