Malaysia's BIMB to sell $525m sukuk to clinch Bank Islam purchase

December 09, 2013 - 12:58:26 pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's BIMB Holdings Bhd  will issue a 1.7 billion ringgit or $525.75 million Islamic bond next year to help raise the $884 million it needs to buy the remainder of Bank Islam, the country's oldest and largest standalone Islamic bank.

The 10-year sukuk will be sold in May 2014 to Tabung Haji, BIMB's biggest stakeholder, in a private placement, a filing to the central bank on Monday showed. 

BIMB's plans were initially rejected by the central bank due to a proposal to secure the sukuk with shares of the company .

BIMB in August announced plans to acquire the 49 percent stake it does not own in Bank Islam held by Dubai Group and Tabung Haji. (Reuters)


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