HSBC, NCB Capital, sucessfully deliver general authority of civil aviation’s sukuk

HSBC and NCB Capital announced the completion of the largest ever government guaranteed Sukuk in Saudi Arabia for the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). Totaling a size of SAR 15.211 billion (US$4.056 billion), the Sukuk achieved a profit rate of 3.21% p.a. HSBC and NCB Capital acted as Joint Lead Managers and Bookrunners of the Sukuk. Additionally, HSBC acted as the Sukuk Coordinator, Sole Shari'ah Coordinator, Sukuk Holders' Agent, and Payment Administration Agent. Standard Chartered Saudi Arabia was Co-Lead Manager for the Issuance. The deal was 1.9 times oversubscribed with strong demand from a wide range of investors including banks, sovereign funds, pension agencies, insurance companies and corporates. Additionally, this issuance is also approved by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) to be eligible for repo arrangements and has also been assigned zero% risk weighting for capital adequacy calculation purpose.