Khazanah Debuts Ethical Islamic Bonds With Annual Sales Planned

Khazanah Nasional Bhd. will start marketing as much as 150 million ringgit ($42 million) of the seven-year sukuk on Monday, Chief Financial Officer Mohd Izani Ghani said. The offering will fund 20 schools in Malaysia, he said, adding that future sale options may include healthcare and affordable housing. While it would be a challenge convincing investors to buy because the concept is new, the offering will be a catalyst for further issuance in an area that’s still nascent. The SRI sukuk will pay fixed, periodical profit rates throughout the bond’s term, with principal repayments linked to the individual school’s performance in terms of the quality of education provided. Before maturity, the profit rate will be adjusted lower, he said.