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Saudi’s Dar Al Arkan May Repay $450m Sukuk Early

Saudi’s Dar Al Arkan May Repay $450m Sukuk Early

The $450 million Islamic bond is due to mature in February 2015.

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Co, Saudi Arabia’s largest listed property developer, may consider early repayment of a $450 million Islamic bond due to mature in February 2015, a company representative said on Tuesday.

Last December, Dar Al Arkan repurchased 87 per cent of a SAR750 million ($200 million) sukuk due in April 2014. It left the remaining SAR100 million of that issue to mature on schedule at the request of the investor holding it.

“We have set a precedent for repaying bonds ahead of schedule and we will consider doing so with the February 2015 issue,” the representative told Reuters on the sidelines of a financial conference in Dubai.

He stressed that no final decision on an early repurchase had been made, but it could make sense as a liability management exercise and as a way to signal to the market that the company could repay its debts comfortably.

Dar Al Arkan has issued $750 million of a $1.2 billion debt issuance programme which is valid until November 2014. It may make another issue under this programme if market conditions are right, but no decision has been reached.

Dar Al Arkan’s net profit climbed nine per cent from a year earlier to SAR156.8 million in the fourth quarter of last year. The company cited higher margins on property sales and lower costs.

Company chairman Youssef al-Shelash told Reuters last October that the supply of housing in Saudi Arabia could lag demand for at least the next five years, creating lucrative opportunities for developers who could benefit from rapid population growth and a new mortgage law.

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