PIA to Issue Rs20bln Sukuk This Month

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is set to issue a 10-year sukuk, worth up to Rs20 billion this month to meet its working capital requirements, an investment banker engaged in the deal told The News.

The national carrier has mandated National Bank of Pakistan, BankIslami Pakistan Limited and BIPL Securities, to act as joint book runners for the issue.

BankIslami is also acting as advisor and investment agent for the sukuk issuance.

The issue will be privately placed and backed by government guarantee, and will also be classified as ‘public sector sukuk’. The ministry of finance has given statutory liquidity requirement (SLR) eligible status to sukuk.

“We are facilitating and advising PIA to raise Rs20 billion through government guaranteed, SLR eligible, privately-placed listed, shariah-compliant sukuk, which is named as ‘PIA sukuk-I’ to be issued through PSX book building process,” said Haris Munawar, head of investment banking at BankIslami.

“The SLR eligibility is an added benefit for banks and this is the first public sector SLR eligible issuance for the year 2021,” Munawar said. “This is will increase the supply of Shariah -compliant securities priced at market competitive rates and will open the gates for similar public sector issuances in future.”

Book building mechanism will be used to determine the spread (+/-) in basis points over the one-month Karachi Interbank Offer Rate (KIBOR) that the issuer will pay on monthly basis to the sukuk investors. The issue will be redeemed through equal monthly installments over the period of eight years starting from the end two grace period.

The registration of the sukuk will start on July 9, 2021 and the book building process will start from July 13, 2021 and continue till July 14, 2021.

The sukuk will be allotted on July 16, 2021 and will be subsequently listed on the Pakistan stock exchange by August. The proceeds from the sukuk would be used for general working capital requirements and for settlement of part of existing financing facilities.

The state-owned PIA is issuing an Islamic instrument to secure longer-term finance that is expected to be utilised to obtain new aircrafts under a business plan to improve the performance and operations of the loss-making national flag carrier.

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