Saudi Real Estate Refinance Co Sets Up $2.9bn Sukuk Programme
Government-owned Saudi Real Estate Refinance Co (SRC) has established a programme allowing it to issue up to SAR11bn ($2.9bn) of local currency-denominated Islamic bonds, the company said. The company mandated HSBC Saudi Arabia as sole lead manager and bookrunner to arrange meetings with investors, and an initial, senior sukuk issue under the programme will follow, subject to market conditions, it said.
Founded in 2017 by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), SRC aims to accelerate housing construction – a sensitive social issue and a top objective of economic reforms – by injecting liquidity into the real estate market. SRC has so far operated with financing from the PIF and short-term deals with banks, but may now become a major issuer in Saudi Arabia’s domestic bond market. Increasing activity in that market is another goal of economic reforms. The company’s statement did not reveal how large the initial sukuk issue would be, merely saying sukuk would be offered from time to time through multiple issuances.
In an interview with Reuters in August, SRC chief executive Fabrice Susini said the first public issue would probably be at least SAR300-500m. The company has said it aims eventually to refinance 20 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s primary home loans market, which authorities hope to expand to SAR500bn by 2020 and SAR800bn by 2028 from SAR290bn now.
Information Source: Gulf Business News
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