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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 October 2018

Aldar Investment to begin fixed-income roadshow

Aldar Properties' fully owned subsidiary will start investor meetings in the Middle East, Europe and Asia 

Aldar Investment, the fully-owned subsidiary of Aldar properties is starting fixed income investor meetings on 18 September. Sammy Dallal / The National
Aldar Investment, the fully-owned subsidiary of Aldar properties is starting fixed income investor meetings on 18 September. Sammy Dallal / The National

Aldar Investment Properties, a fully owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi’s biggest listed developer Aldar Properties, is commencing a round of fixed-income investor meetings for the issuance of an Islamic bond to repay its $750 million (Dh2.75 billion) existing sukuk.

“The objective of these [investor] meetings is to issue a fixed-rate US dollar-denominated sukuk (the New Aldar Investments Sukuk) with a tenure of five to 10 years,” the company said in a statement to Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, where its shares are traded.

Aldar will meet investors in the Middle East, Europe and Asia it said, without disclosing the size or the timing of the potential sukuk issue, adding that the outcome of the transaction is subject to market conditions.

Earlier this month the company announced the spinning-off Dh20bn of revenue-generating assets into Aldar Investments, a new entity able to raise capital independently. About 5,000 residential units and 500,000 square metres of retail and commercial space will be transferred into the new vehicle over the coming weeks, along with Dh6bn of existing debt.

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Before the new vehicle was established, Aldar comprised two parts – a real estate development business and an asset management business whose revenues came predominantly from residential and commercial rents.

Aldar is also launching a tender offer for the repayment of $750m sukuk, which is due to mature on December 3 of this year.

“The offer is being made as part of Aldar’s proactive liability management strategy to optimise its debt profile and aggregate costs of funding,” the company said.

The offer will be funded through the proceeds of the potential new issue, and the outcome of the tender offer is contingent on the successful pricing and completion of the new sukuk.

The tender offer is expected to close on September 26. First Abu Dhabi Bank, JP Morgan Securities and Standard Chartered Bank are the managers for the deal, Aldar said.