Turk Hava Yollari AO, or Turkish Airlines, and Turk Telekomunikasyon AS (TTKOM) have contacted banks that may be hired for a sale, people familiar with the matter said yesterday. The government raised 1.62 billion liras ($904 million) from its first sale of lira-denominated sukuk yesterday. The yield on its $1.5 billion debut sukuk sold Sept. 18 has dropped seven basis points to 2.95 percent yesterday compared with average yields of 3.15 percent for the Gulf Cooperation Council debt, based on data compiled by Bloomberg and the HSBC/NASDAQ Dubai GCC U.S. Dollar Sukuk Index.
The government's dollar sukuk sale set a benchmark for companies in a market luring Middle East investors seeking to diversify. Global sales of sukuk, which comply with Islam's ban on interest, rose above $37 billion for 2012, beating last year's record $36.7 billion, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
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