Govt Turns to Retail Investors to Raise Rp 30t From Sukuk Sale

The government will sell sharia-compliant bonds for retail investors over the next two weeks to help plug the state budget deficit and deepen the local bond market, senior finance ministry officials said. The thee-year Islamic bond would be sold at its face value, starting Friday until March 4, 2016, bearing a coupon of 8.3 percent. At that rate, the sukuk would yield 80 basis points higher than time-deposit interest guaranteed by the Deposit Insurance Agency (LPS) and 130 bps higher than the benchmark rate set by the central bank. The government seeks to raise between Rp 25 trillion and Rp 30 trillion ($1.85 billion-$2.22 billion) from the sukuk sale.