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Nakheel lists world's largest sukuk, giving difx 44% of global listed value of sukuk

PUBLISHED ON 14-Dec-2006
Nakheel lists world's largest sukuk, giving difx 44% of global listed value of sukuk

Nakheel, a member of Dubai World, today lists the world's largest Sukuk (Islamic-compliant bond) on the Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX). The listing confirms the DIFX's stature as the largest exchange in the world for Sukuk by listed value.

The Sukuk, issued by Nakheel with Barclays Capital and Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC as the joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners for the offering, achieved record participation totalling $3.52 billion.., It comes with specific subscription rights to invest in any future Public Share Offerings by The Nakheel Group.

His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the Executive Chairman of Nakheel, said: "As a global leader in property development, Nakheel will attract the confidence of investors both through its issue of this landmark Sukuk and its listing on an international exchange. The company is a leader in property innovation."

His Excellency Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), said: "As I highlighted at the DIFC annual celebrations two weeks ago, the DIFC is set to become the leading global centre for Islamic finance. This landmark listing is an important step along the path to achieving this objective and underlines our commitment to the development of this sector."

Kar Tung Quek, Chief Financial Officer of Nakheel, said: "The largest listing of its type anywhere in the world, the Sukuk is both the most effective way of raising a significant sum of money and a significant move towards an optimum capital structure. This is a ringing endorsement of the market's confidence in the company and is an important step in the evolution of Nakheel as one of the world's leading property developers, as the DIFX has been designed as the leading exchange not only for Islamic products, but for shares and other securities as well."

The listing brings the value of Sukuk on the DIFX to $7.63 billion, nearly twice as much the total on any other exchange. This also raises the value of Sukuk on the DIFX to 44% of the total listed on all exchanges globally. The DIFX is also home to the world's second largest Sukuk, a $3.5 billion offering by Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) that listed in January 2006.

Per E. Larsson, Chief Executive of the DIFX, said: "The Islamic securities sector is expanding rapidly worldwide and the DIFX is at the centre of this growth. The value of Sukuk issued globally this year is $23.1 billion, an increase of more than 90% from 2005.

"We are delighted to welcome the world's largest Sukuk from Nakheel, bringing the value of the DIFX's listed Sukuk to nearly twice as much as any other exchange."

The allocation of the Sukuk was mainly to European investors (40%) and Middle Eastern investors (38%).

Hamed Ali, Executive Officer of the DIFX, said: "The DIFX offers issuers the visibility and high profile that come with listing on an exchange that is based in the Middle East, regulated to international standards, and closely connected to the regional and international financial services community."

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