Sukuk: Dubai Ports raises $3.5 billion
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Sukuk: Dubai Ports raises $3.5 billion

First-of-a-kind deal exploits strong interest in regional IPOs.

The Dubai Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), which is already making waves with its bid for P&O’s ports business via its subsidiary Dubai Ports World, made headlines again this January by launching a $3.5 billion, first-of-its-kind convertible sukuk.

The deal, managed by Barclays Capital and Dubai Islamic Bank, is a pre-IPO convertible that allows for a partial redemption of up to 30% in the form of shares in PCFC entities as and when they go for an IPO or secondary public offering within the next three years.

Dubai ports Allocation
by region
Source: Barclays Capital

The deal is the first Shariah-compliant convertible instrument ever issued and also one of the largest convertibles of all time. A sukuk is a form of asset-backed bond. In this case, the collateral backing the bond includes land and the cranes of the Dubai Port, which have been put into a musharakah, an asset vehicle under a long lease. Also included is a pledge of 49% of the shares of Thunder FZE, the company that would be used to acquire P&O should the deal succeed.

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