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Philippines launches maiden sukuk bonds

Ralf Rivas

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Philippines launches maiden sukuk bonds

PHILIPPINE TREASURY. The facade of the Bureau of the Treasury in Manila.

Bureau of the Treasury

A sukuk bond is a financial instrument that complies with Islamic principles

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government on Monday, November 27, announced the launch of its maiden sukuk bonds issue.

The sukuk bonds offering will have a 5.5-year tenor. The Bureau of the Treasury did not announce in its press release how much it is aiming to raise.

Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier told reporters that the government aimed to raise $1 billion from the debt issue.

The Philippines mandated Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, HSBC, MUFG, and Standard Chartered Bank as joint bookrunners and joint lead managers to arrange a series of fixed income investor calls in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States starting Monday.

A sukuk bond is a financial instrument that complies with Islamic principles. Instead of paying interest, sukuk bonds are typically structured as certificates with asset backing. Returns to investors come from the income generated by the underlying assets.

The Philippines intends to borrow P2.46 trillion or around $44 billion to fund the 2024 budget. Of the borrowings, 25% will come from overseas sources and 75% domestically. –

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Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.