EIIB-Rasmala closes USD100 million sukuk programme for insurance group

The EIIB-Rasmala has closed the second tranche of FWU Group’s US$100 million sukuk al-wakala programme. The second tranche of the programme has closed for US$40 million. The former is acting as the lead arranger and bookrunner for FWU’s sukuk al-wakala programme. The FWU sukuk has been assigned the investment grade credit rating BBB- by Fitch and is being issued in amortizing tranches, each with a term of five years. The first tranche of the programme previously closed for US$20 million in October 2013. Distributions are made quarterly to investors on a fully amortizing basis and the profit rate is 7% per annum. The sukuk will fund, in a fully Sharia’a-compliant manner, a set of retakaful transactions for one of FWU’s five main subsidiaries, Atlanticlux.