PLUS sukuk may lure insurers

PLUS Bhd’s record RM23.4 billion (US$7.3 billion) sukuk sale is attracting life insurers with higher-than-average yields and maturities of as much as 25 years.
The Malaysian company is taking over the nation’s biggest toll-road operator PLUS Expressways Bhd in the first leveraged buyout using syariah-compliant bonds. It seems that a portion of the total issue will be privately placed, at tenors of 20 to 25 years.
PLUS was set up by Malaysia’s biggest pension fund, the Employee Provident Fund, and government-owned UEM Group Bhd. to take over the highway assets of PLUS Expressways following their RM23 billion acquisition of the company.