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M'sia Airlines in no rush to issue third tranche sukuk

Published on: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

NEW DELHI: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is in no rush to issue the third tranche of its sukuk programme, says Chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof.

"We don't need the funding for now," he said during the visit of International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed to MAS-GMR Aerospace Engineering Company Ltd's maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Hyderabad, India.

The recovery plans are in place already and going on well.

"We will do it when the need arises," he said when asked when MAS would issue its next sukuk.

MAS has put in place a RM2.5 billion Perpetual Junior Sukuk Programme and the first tranche of the RM1.0 billion sukuk was fully subscribed by Retirement Fund Incorporated.

The sukuk, which is the first pillar of the airlines' funding plan to shore up its capital base, was arranged by Maybank Investment Bank Bhd.

Meanwhile, Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the group had also obtained firm commitment for the remaining RM1.5 billion.

MAS issued the second tranche of the Junior Sukuk amounting to RM500 million on Sept 18, 2012.

It was issued at par and carried a semi-annual profit rate of 6.90 per cent per annum up to the tenth year.

If MAS does not exercise its option to redeem at the end of the tenth year, the periodic distribution will increase by 2.5 per cent.

The proceeds raised from the issue will be utilised by the airline as working capital and to refinance existing borrowings. - Bernama