AmIslamic Bank to issue first Basel III-compliant sukuk

AmIslamic Bank has obtained approval from the Securities Commission Malaysia to establish a subordinated sukuk murabaha programme of up to 3 billion ringgit (US$903.60 million), which would represent the first Basel III-compliant sukuk in Malaysia. AmIslamic is given the flexibility to issue subordinated sukuk murabaha during the availability period of the programme based on the bank's funding requirements. The AmIslamic programme has a tenor of up to 30 years from the date of the first issuance of the subordinated sukuk murabaha. Each tranche to be issued shall have a tenor of at least three years, subject to their maturing on or before the expiry of the programme. AmIslamic's sukuk murabaha is rated AA3 by RAM.