Offering oil via salaf bonds in IRENEX postponed

August 16, 2020 - 14:16

TEHRAN- Iran Energy Exchange (IRENEX) in an announcement stated that offering crude oil via standard parallel salaf bonds in this exchange, which was due to be on Sunday, has been postponed, Shana reported.

National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) had planned to offer 20 trillion rials (about $476.1 million) worth of heavy crude oil in IRENEX through standard parallel salaf contracts (some kind of Islamic contract) on Sunday, and IRENEX Managing Director Seyed Ali Hosseini had elaborated on the details of the offering on Saturday.

According to Seyed Ali Hosseini, the fund raised through this offering is going to be used to finance the oil industry’s development projects.

“National Iranian Oil Company is the issuer of the salaf bonds and the purpose of this offering is to finance the company’s development projects and its current expenses; the offering will be conducted under two separate indices,” Hosseini explained.

A standard parallel salaf is an Islamic contract similar to futures, with the difference being that the contract’s total price must be paid in advance.

Hosseini noted that each salaf contract has an equivalent value of one barrel of heavy crude oil which is priced at 9.446 million rials (about $224) in Iran.

Mentioning the difference between the initial public offering of parallel Salaf contracts and a plan proposed by President Hassan Rouhani called oil pre-sale (or economic evolvement), the official said the president’s plan is currently going through the expert assessment processes and is not yet finalized.

This plan will also be implemented and the shares will be offered at the energy exchange as soon as it is approved by the relative assessing bodies, he added.

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