DIFC Investments Plans Sukuk Issue

DIFC Investments, the investment arm of the company running Dubai’s financial free zone, is reportedly planning to issue sukuk. The company has appointed banks and could come to market as early as September. Key banks on a 2012 loan deal are among those involved in the new sukuk. DIFC took out a $1 billion syndicated loan in May 2012 with Emirates NBD acting as financial adviser, while Standard Chartered coordinated the debt. Dubai Islamic Bank and Noor Bank also participated in the loan. The purpose of that loan was to refinance a $1.2 billion FRN sukuk that was maturing later that year. The new sukuk, if successful, could be used to refinance that 2012 loan.