Saudi Telecom issues $1.25bn debut sukuk

Saudi Telecom — which is 70 percent owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund — started marketing its debut sukuk on Thursday. (Reuters)
Updated 11 May 2019

Saudi Telecom issues $1.25bn debut sukuk

  • The 10-year bonds — the first US dollar denominated sukuk issued by the company — have been arranged by HSBC, JPMorgan, Standard Chartered, Samba, First Abu Dhabi Bank and KFH
  • Saudi Telecom’s new bonds, which will be listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, offer a 3.89 percent return

DUBAI: State-run Saudi Telecom has issued $1.25 billion in international sukuk, or Islamic bonds, the company said on Sunday.
The 10-year bonds — the first US dollar denominated sukuk issued by the company — have been arranged by HSBC, JPMorgan, Standard Chartered, Samba, First Abu Dhabi Bank and KFH.
Saudi Telecom’s new bonds, which will be listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, offer a 3.89 percent return.
That yield is around 25 basis points higher than US dollar-denominated Saudi government bonds with a similar maturity, but around 8 points below international sukuk issued by the state-owned Saudi Electricity Co.
Saudi Telecom — which is 70 percent owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund — started marketing its debut sukuk on Thursday with an initial price guidance of around 155 basis points over midswaps. The final pricing was 20 basis points tighter.
Fund managers said the initial price guidance was “tight” but that the paper would have nevertheless attracted good demand given the low number of sukuk issues in the market and pent up demand from shariah-compliant buyers.
The bonds attracted $4.5 billion in orders, Refinitiv’s IFR, a fixed income news service, reported.


Lufthansa cabin crew union calls for Sunday strike in Frankfurt, Munich

Updated 14 October 2019

Lufthansa cabin crew union calls for Sunday strike in Frankfurt, Munich

  • Additional calls for strikes at the group’s five airlines are possible at any time

BERLIN: German flight attendants’ union UFO is calling for a five-hour strike on Sunday at German flag carrier Lufthansa, UFO said on Monday, in an escalating row over workers’ pay.
Flight attendants and pursers at Lufthansa’s largest hubs, Frankfurt and Munich, have been called upon to take part in the walkout, which is scheduled from 0400-0900 GMT, UFO deputy chief Daniel Flohr said in a video message released on YouTube.
Additional calls for strikes at the group’s five airlines are possible at any time and the union will discuss unlimited walkouts next week, Flohr added.
He said UFO was demanding from Lufthansa’s namesake airline a 1.8 percent pay increase over a half-year period.
At other airlines of the German group, the union is in conflict over issues including pay as well as part-time work and pension plans, Flohr said.