The best Islamic local currency ABS 2023
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The best Islamic local currency ABS 2023

Zamarad Assets Berhad's RM255 million ($57 million) tranche 7 sukuk murabahah ABS.

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March 2022 was a very tough time to bring any deal to market. Global capital markets had all but shut down amid the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The US Federal Reserve’s brutal tightening cycle in Washington was also in full force driving volatility, along with uncertainty about whether Covid-19 infection rates might surge again.

Yet it was into this environment that RCE Marketing (RCEM) decided to securitize a portfolio of personal finance non-discretionary civil service salary receivables through a RM2 billion ($445 million) multi-tranche deal, of which this was one tranche.

The programme is issued through the special purpose vehicle, Zamarad Assets Berhad (ZAB), with this tranche comprising a RM255 million sukuk murabaha asset-backed securitization.

This deal was tranche number seven under the programme and was led by CIMB Investment Bank, acting as principal adviser, lead arranger and lead manager. The deal was ZAB’s first issuance of the year.

This tranche boasted the first asset-backed security in the Malaysian Islamic market to use a revolving option structure.

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