Second tranche of samurai bonds to be finalised in Q1 2020

 Publish date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019, 12:25 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is expected to conclude talks on the second tranche of its Samurai bond in the first quarter of next year, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.
“We are still looking into it. Most probably by the first quarter of next year, it can be finalised. The discussion is still ongoing.
“The government is trying to get the best rate which we hope will be much lower from the first Samurai bond,” he told reporters after officiating the Malaysian Bond and Sukuk Conference 2019 here today.
Earlier in his speech, Amiruddin said Malaysia had remained as the main driver for the sukuk market, while continuing to lead in the Islamic wealth management industry.
“Corporate bonds showed a stabilising pattern, with the total hovering between RM85 billion and RM125 billion in the last five years, at an average of RM99 billion annually.
“Total corporate sukuk as a percentage of total corporate bonds issued remained high,between 67 per cent and 80 per cent,” he added.
He said government sukuk had also been maintained between RM45 billion and RM64 billion.
“Outstanding bonds and sukuk are valued at RM1,498 billion at third quarter of 2019, and this underscores the fact that the Malaysian market continues to be an attractive investment destination for sukuk investors,” he said.
Amiruddin further noted that for years, sukuk had experienced high demand from Islamic investors as well as from conventional investors in various major markets.
“Sukuk issuance from Malaysia grew from U$13.5 billion in 2014 to US$22.5 billion in2019 to date with an average growth of 11.4 per cent per annum versus 13 per cent per annum for global sukuk in total.
“Global issuances for the last five years remain active totalling US$179.1 billion to date from January 2015, were mostly from Malaysia, followed by supra-nationals, Turkey, Qatar, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia,” he added.
 - Bernama
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