S Arabia raises $9b in first global Islamic bond issue

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Saudi Arabia raised $9 billion in its first global Islamic bond issue, the government announced on Thursday.
The sale of Islamic bonds, known as Sukuks, comes after the kingdom in October turned to the conventional global debt market for the first time, raising $17.5 billion in a bond issue.
Saudi Arabia has also sold domestic bonds and drawn on its accumulated reserves, all in an effort to reform the economy and address budget deficits caused by a collapse in oil revenues since 2014.
“The ministry of finance received significant interest for the first international issue of the Sukuk programme with an order book from investors in excess of $33 billion,” the official Saudi Press Agency said.
There will be two tranches of $4.5 billion, one maturing in 2022 and another in 2027, reflecting “the strong fundamentals of the Saudi economy,” it said.—AFP