Saudi sukuk pushes Islamic finance tenors

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has issued the world's first international 30-year sukuk. The benchmark $2 billion deal is SEC's first sukuk offered to US and other international investors. More tan six-and-a-half times oversubscribed, the sukuk evidences strong international demand for longer-dated Islamic instruments. Although the debut bond has opened new vistas for Islamic finance, the number of companies eligible to take advantage of the precedent is unclear. In the short term, it is likely that only quasi-souvereigns will suceed in securing longer tenors.