First Sukuk Ijara Issues in Iranian Capital Market

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Ali Saleh-Abadi, The President of Iranian Securities and Exchange Organization (SEO) announced that SEO ratified issuing sukuk, Islamic bond. On 13 March 2011, Mahan Airline issued Sukuk with the value of IRR 291 billion in Farabourse (Iran’s OTC market) to finance its network developmental projects for the first time in the Iranian Capital Market. "The Organization is developing the regulation of new financial instrument Istisna (Sukuk Using Al-Istisna Structure), which is expected to be approved by the Supreme Council of Exchange early next year", SEO spokesman noted. Saleh Abadi added that currently six other companies have lodged their requests for issuing Sukuk to Securities Exchange Organization. In addition to these companies, a company has requested to issue Sukuk in the free zones with the aim of attracting foreign investment. Sukuk, which are often called Islamic bonds, cover Islamic investment instruments that are registered in the name of the bondholders.