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Al Rajhi completes first Sukuk; size increased to SR6.5bn

RIYADH, January 19, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Al Rajhi Bank has announced that it has successfully completed the issuance of Saudi Riyal denominated Tier 1 Sukuk. 
 
The issuance marks the largest issuance by a financial institution in Saudi Arabia and the first of its kind in the bank’s history. Due to the significant investor demand, the bank has decided to increase the issuance size to an aggregate principal amount of SR6.5 billion, a total of 6,500 Suk with a fixed profit rate of 3.5% per annum, the bank said.
 
Al Rajhi Bank Chairman Abdullah Suliman Al Rajhi expressed his appreciation for the success of the issuance and extended his gratitude to the participant investors of qualified individual investors, corporates, and financial institutions. 
 
The issuance size which is considered the largest by a financial institution in the Kingdom and the diversity of investors were evident in the order book, as the number of participants has reached an unprecedented number of more than 600 investors, which reflects the valuable trust in Al Rajhi Bank, he said. 
 
He also revealed that the qualified individual investors’ orders have been fully allocated which constitutes 38% of the total issuance, as an initiative to diversify the investor base by furthering the integration and participation of qualified individual investors in the local Sukuk market, contributing to the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 through the Financial Sector Development Program, which aims to diversify the sources of income and stimulates the investment climate.  
 
The chairman expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Al Rajhi Capital Company for its excellent management of the issuance as the sole lead manager and bookrunner, cementing their position as a pillar in the local Sukuk market.
 
Al Rajhi thanked the bank’s clients for their continued loyalty and the investors for their trust in the bank, and noted the bank’s commitment to continue to provide the best Islamic financial solutions that comply with Shari’ah principles. –TradeArabia News Service



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