Thai bank says to issue country's first Islamic bonds
KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 |
KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 (Reuters) - State-owned Islamic Bank of Thailand will issue the country's first Islamic bond in a plan to raise funds for expansion, its president said on Friday.
The bank will sell 200 million ringgit ($55.42 million) of mudaraba bonds in neighbouring Malaysia, Dheerasak Suwannayos said.
"It is just to test the market," Dheerasak told Reuters by telephone. "Thailand has never issued anything in Islamic bonds before. I think we will start to work on it after April."
Mudaraba is a structure where a bank will provide capital for a project while the entrepreneur will manage the deal. Profits are split according to a pre-determined ratio and the bank will bear any monetary losses that arise.
The bank has appointed Zaid Ibrahim, a Malaysian law firm, as its legal adviser for the deal but has yet to select a bank, Dheerasak said.
He said Islamic Bank of Thailand may pick Malaysia's second largest lender CIMB Bank BUCM.KL, the world's top arranger of Islamic bonds, to handle the deal.
($1=3.609 Malaysian Ringgit)
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(Reporting by Loh Li Lian: Editing by Neil Fullick)
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