UOB Malaysia establishes its first Islamic debt programme of RM5 billion

The programme’s debut RM500 million Tier 2 Sukuk Wakalah offering was oversubscribed and
achieved the tightest spread ever for a Ringgit Tier 2 deal


KUALA LUMPUR, 25 January 2024 – UOB Malaysia announced the establishment of its inaugural RM5 billion Islamic debt programme, under the Shariah principle of Wakalah Bi Al-Istithmar and the successful pricing of its debut RM500 million Basel III-compliant Tier 2 subordinated Islamic medium term notes (Tier 2 Sukuk Wakalah). The Tier 2 Sukuk Wakalah is due in February 2034 and callable in Feb 2029.

During a book-building exercise, the Islamic debt offering received an overwhelming response from the market and was oversubscribed by approximately 3.39 times. The final order book of RM1.7 billion, enabled UOB Malaysia to close at fixed profit rate of 4.01 per cent per annum. At 45 basis points above the benchmark Malaysian Government Securities (MGS), this was the tightest spread ever recorded for a Tier 2 capital instrument in the Ringgit-denominated market to-date.

Ms Ng Wei Wei, Chief Executive Officer, UOB Malaysia, said, “We are pleased that our first Sukuk offering was very well received by the market. The oversubscription and the tight pricing achieved reflect investors’ confidence in UOB Malaysia’s solid financial position. The strong demand is also a testament to the liquidity in the local debt capital market and its robustness in supporting local corporates’ financing needs.” 

A diverse group of 42 high-quality investors including insurance companies, fund managers, government-linked investment companies, banks and private banks subscribed to the offering.

The Tier 2 Sukuk Wakalah received AA1 rating by RAM Rating Services Berhad, underscoring UOB Malaysia’s robust credit profile. The issuance is scheduled on 8 February 2024 and is intended to qualify as UOB Malaysia’s Tier 2 Capital on a consolidated basis, adhering to Bank Negara Malaysia's Capital Adequacy Framework for Islamic Banks (Capital Components).  

CIMB Investment Bank Berhad and UOB Malaysia acted as Joint Principal Advisers, Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Lead Managers for this transaction.