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24 Nov, 2020Dubai Islamic Bank rings market-opening bell to celebrate listing a USD one billion AT1 Sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai

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  • Lowest ever yield of 4.625% for an AT1 Sukuk and high 5.7 times subscription rate demonstrate strong investor confidence in DIB and the UAE

  • Record year for new Sukuk and bond listings on Nasdaq Dubai of USD 18.4 billion, reflects healthy debt market

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic Bank in the UAE, rang the market-opening bell today to celebrate the listing of a one billion US dollar Sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai.

The Sukuk achieved a strong 5.7 times subscription rate, attracting more than 150 high-quality investors from the Middle East and around the world. The profit rate of 4.625 percent per annum is the lowest yield achieved by any bank globally on an Additional Tier 1 Sukuk issue.

The successful debt issuance was DIB’s first since it completed the integration of Noor Bank, further enhancing DIB's position as one of the leading Islamic banks in the world.

Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Group Chief Executive Officer of DIB, said: "The very high demand for our latest Sukuk issuance clearly demonstrates the market’s confidence in DIB’s growth strategy and our active leadership role in helping the UAE economy to overcome the challenges of COVID-19.DIB’s success in this landmark transaction that carries the lowest ever yield achieved by any bank globally on an AT1 Sukuk issue and is the only AT1 Sukuk from the GCC in 2020, is a testament to the bank’s strong credit profile and standing with international and regional investors."

"In line with the ambitions laid out by the UAE leadership, we will continue our ground-breaking initiatives that support the UAE economy and international markets alike during this global pandemic.Our listing on Nasdaq Dubai, as the region’s international financial exchange, supports our links with investors around the world through the high visibility and well regulated platform that the exchange provides."

DIB is the leading UAE-based Sukuk issuer by value on Nasdaq Dubai with a total of 7.3 billion US dollars, including the latest one billion US dollar listing.

Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, Chairman of Nasdaq Dubai, said: "We are committed to supporting DIB as one of the region’s leading banks as it pursues its development as a significant provider of services in Islamic financing for businesses and individuals. Dubai will maintain its expansion as the global capital of the Islamic economy under the initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minster, and Ruler of Dubai."

DIB’s latest Sukuk brings the total value of Sukuk listed in Dubai to 75.3 billion US dollars, making the emirate one of the largest Islamic bond listing centres in the world by value.

So far in 2020, the value of all new debt listings on Nasdaq Dubai has reached a record annual high of 18.4 billion US dollars, up 4% from the previous record of 17.7 billion US dollars in all of 2019.

Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai and Deputy Chief Executive of Dubai Financial Market, said: "As the market for Sukuk and other debt issuance has remained strong in 2020, Nasdaq Dubai has been delighted to collaborate with leading issuers in the UAE and overseas to support their listings. The exchange looks forward to further expanding its debt market activities in coming months and years to promote more capital raising transactions and opportunities for regional and global investors."

Global Sukuk issuance reached 130.5 billion US dollars in the first 9 months of 2020, up 2.5% from 127.3 billion US dollars in the same period of 2019, according to Refinitiv.

The State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2020/2021 estimates that the value of all Islamic finance assets will increase by 28% from 2.88 trillion US dollars in 2019 to 3.69 trillion US dollars by 2024.

DIB’s latest one billion US dollar Sukuk listed on Nasdaq Dubai on November 19, 2020.