Banque Saudi Fransi says completes 2 bln riyal capital-boosting sukuk

DUBAI, June 19 Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:39am EDT

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DUBAI, June 19 (Reuters) - Banque Saudi Fransi, the kingdom's fourth-largest listed lender, has completed a capital-boosting sukuk issue worth 2 billion riyals ($533 million), it said in a statement on Thursday.

The Islamic bond, which has a ten-year lifespan but with an option for the bank to repay investors after the fifth year, priced at 140 basis points over the three-month Saudi interbank offered rate (Saibor).

The transaction, which will boost the bank's Tier 2 - or supplementary - capital, will support Banque Saudi Fransi's capital base and future growth, the statement added.

Bankers told Reuters earlier this month that the bank would complete the deal by the end of June, the latest Saudi lender to sell a capital-boosting sukuk to replenish reserves after a period of sustained lending growth. ($1 = 3.7507 Saudi Riyals) (Reporting by David French; Editing by Andrew Torchia)

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