Malaysia's Etiqa Takaful eyes debut sukuk as soon as this month

Etiqa Takaful Bhd, a unit of Malayan Banking, plans to issue 300 million ringgit ($92.2 million) in sukuk as early as this month, its chief executive Ahmad Rizlan Azman said. Last month, Etiqa Takaful set up its maiden sukuk programme, rated AA1 by RAM ratings, designed to qualify as Tier 2 capital in the company's balance sheet. The sukuk would be a one-off transaction classified as Etiqa's liabilities, carrying a 10-year tenor and a non-call provision in the first five years, said Azman. Etiqa would use a musharaka structure and the proceeds of the sukuk would be used for general business operations, working capital and other purposes. Maybank Investment Bank is the advisor for the sukuk.