Saudi dairy firm Almarai sells $347m sukuk

The issue attracted orders worth SAR2.4bn from institutional investors
By Reuters
Mon 01 Apr 2013 05:16 PM

Saudi Arabian dairy and food producer Almarai Co has completed the sale of a SAR1.3bn (US$346.7m) Islamic bond, or sukuk, the company said in a bourse filing on Monday.

The issue, which has a floating interest rate, attracted orders worth SAR2.4bn from institutional investors inside Saudi Arabia, the statement said. The interest rate was not specified.

It is the second local currency sukuk from the Gulf's largest dairy firm - it sold a SAR1bn offering in March 2012.

Both deals form part of the same SAR2.3bn sukuk programme.

Almarai said on March 4 that it had appointed NCB Capital, the investment banking arm of state-owned National Commercial Bank, to arrange meetings with Saudi fixed income investors ahead of the sukuk's sale.

Shares in Almarai ended 1.1 percent higher on Monday, against a broader market gain of 0.5 percent. The sukuk announcement came after the market close.

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