Saudi Arabia’s Almarai to issue 2 bln riyal sukuk

Saudi Arabian dairy producer Almarai will issue a senior sukuk of up to 2 billion riyals ($533 million) to help finance investment plans, it said on Tuesday in a statement published on the bourse website. The sukuk will be offered to local investors and is subject to market conditions, it said in its statement, adding it had mandated HSBC Saudi Arabia and Samba Capital and Investment Management Co to act as joint lead managers.

Saudi Arabia's Almarai plans first perpetual bonds

Saudi Arabian food company Almarai plans to sell perpetual Islamic bonds, the first from an issuer in the kingdom. Almarai will meet domestic investors in the next two weeks to privately place of 1.7 billion Saudi riyals of senior sukuk that do not mature. BNP Paribas, HSBC Saudi Arabia, Saudi Fransi Capital and Standard Chartered have been mandated as joint lead managers for the perpetual offering. Almarai, which sold 1.3bn riyals of five- and seven- year sukuk in March, is raising funds for a 15.7bn-riyal four-year investment program. The ability to raise cash without disturbing a company's share structure is a key benefit, therefore this might be especially interesting for the region's family-owned businesses.

Almarai plans hybrid sukuk

Saudi Arabian dairy producer Almarai Co. has chosen four banks to arrange the sale of a hybrid sukuk. The firm has mandated the investment banking arm of Banque Saudi Fransi, BNP Paribas, HSBC's Saudi Arabian unit and Standard Chartered to arrange the transaction. The offering, which is not imminent, is likely to be denominated in Saudi riyals, although the company could opt to issue in dollars instead. Almarai's Chief Financial Officer, Paul Louis Gay, told reporters in May it could opt to issue a hybrid Islamic bond in the next 12 months to help fund its ambitious growth plans, with a target amount of around $500 million. However, Gay said in May it was looking to raise the cash from international investors, rather than the local debt market. Earlier this month, Almarai posted a 4.9 percent year-on-year rise in second-quarter net profit on the back of growth in its core business.

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