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Case study: Malaysia’s first sustainability ringgit Sukuk

The Malaysian government has issued its first ringgit-denominated sustainability Sukuk worth RM4.5 billion (US$968.5 million) on the 30th September 2022.  The proceeds from the 15.5-year Sukuk facility will be utilized to finance or refinance eligible social and green projects as defined in the Malaysian government’s SDG Sukuk Framework.

“The issuance will enable Malaysia to not only meet its commitments as a responsible nation and signatory to the Paris Agreement, but also further its efforts to advance its people’s socioeconomic well-being,” Tengku Zafrul Aziz, the Malaysian finance minister, said in a statement. The Sukuk facility was issued via the Malaysian Government Investment Issues (MGII) instrument. It was offered via the first sustainable MGII issuance, which was announced in the 2022 Malaysian budget.

The facility is the government’s first ringgit sustainability Sukuk, and more could potentially follow. About a week before the debut issuance, Tengku Zafrul revealed at an event that the government will issue up to RM10 billion (US$2.15 billion) in ringgit-denominated sustainability Sukuk starting in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The offering was priced at a profit rate of 4.66% and was oversubscribed by 2.38 times. It received 355 bids with total bids of RM10.7 billion (US$2.3 billion) and a cut off rate of 80.34%. The issuance attracted investment from local financial institutions at 50.3%, institutional investors at 38.4%, insurance companies at 7.2% and foreign investors at 4.1%.

The finance minister further added that the issuance is a testament to the government’s efforts in advancing climate action and accelerating the transition toward achieving a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable nation, in accordance with the 12th Malaysia Plan.

Malaysia’s first sustaianbility ringgit Sukuk

RM4.5 billion (US$968.5 million)

30th September 2022
Summary of terms and conditions
Malaysian government
Size of issue
RM4.5 billion (US$968.5 million)
Mode of issue
Competitive multiple price auction and private placement
To finance or refinance eligible social and green projects as defined in the Malaysian government’s SDG Sukuk Framework.
15.5 years
Issuance price
Profit rate
Malaysian ringgit
Maturity date
31st March 2038
Principal dealer(s)
Affin Islamic Bank, AmBank Islamic, Bank Islam Malaysia, CIMB Islamic Bank, Hong Leong Islamic Bank, Maybank Islamic, RHB Islamic Bank
Governing law
Malaysian law
Islamic structure
Bursa Malaysia’s Exempt Regime
Underlying asset
Shariah compliant commodities
Investor breakdown
Local financial institutions 50.3%, institutional investors 38.4%, insurance companies 7.2%, and foreign investors 4.1%

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