Saudi lender NCB plans local sukuk sale

National Commercial Bank has mandated its own banking arm, NCB Capital, as well as that of Gulf International Bank and the Saudi Arabian units of HSBC and JP Morgan to arrange a local currency sukuk. The sukuk will enhance the bank's Tier 2 - or supplementary - capital and will have a ten-year lifespan with an option of the bank redeeming the instrument after five years. The size of the issue has yet to be determined. NCB's chairman was quoted in October as saying the bank was planning to issue a capital-boosting sukuk worth up to 4 billion riyals ($1.07 billion).

NCB pioneers Shari'ah-compliant airport financing

NBC shall provide the first Islamically structured Airport financing which is primarly based on Shari'ah-compliant financing model. According to that critical infrastrucutre will be essentially owned by gevernments.

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