Chung Chee Leong

FX moves hamper Cagamas’ foreign currency sukuk issue

Volatile currency markets could hamper Malaysian mortgage lender Cagamas Bhd's plans for its first foreign currency sukuk, the state-backed firm's chief executive Chung Chee Leong said. In November, Cagamas set up a US$2.5 billion (RM9.2 billion) programme to issue multi-currency sukuk in an effort to broaden its investor base. Chung said that at this moment, dollar was just not attractive, adding that US dollar issue was still the most likely option. He hopes the issue could still come this year. Asked about expansion plans, Chung said Cagamas was not working on opening subsidiaries in other countries, but would rather aim to take on loans that Malaysian lenders made outside the country through their Malaysian offices.

Cagamas issues RM500m Islamic bond

Cagamas, the Malaysian mortgage corporation, has issued RM500 million three-month Islamic commercial papers (ICPs), its first ICP for the year. Proceeds from the murabahah ICPs will be used to fund the purchase of Islamic financing from the financial system. Investors' preference for high grade issues and short duration investment strategy results in strong demand for the company's three-month ICPs particularly from financial institutions with a bid to cover ratio of over 2.4 times and competitively priced at three-month KLIBOR. The ICPs, which will be redeemed at their full nominal value on maturity, will be listed and tradable under the Scripless Securities Trading System.

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