Malaysia Airlines in no rush to issue third tranche sukuk

NEW DELHI, Dec 18 – Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is in no rush to issue the third tranche of its sukuk programme, says Chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof.

“We don’t need the funding for now,” he said during the visit of International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed to MAS-GMR Aerospace Engineering Company Ltd’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Hyderabad, India.

The recovery plans are in place already and going on well.

“We will do it when the need arises,” he said when asked when MAS would issue its next sukuk.

MAS has put in place a RM2.5 billion Perpetual Junior Sukuk Programme and the first tranche of the RM1.0 billion sukuk was fully subscribed by Retirement Fund Incorporated.

The sukuk, which is the first pillar of the airlines’ funding plan to shore up its capital base, was arranged by Maybank Investment Bank Bhd.

Meanwhile, group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the group had also obtained firm commitment for the remaining RM1.5 billion. – Bernama


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