Do Markets Perceive Sukuk and Conventional Bonds as Different Financing Instruments?

37 Pages Posted: 14 May 2011

See all articles by Christophe J. Godlewski

Christophe J. Godlewski

University of Strasbourg - Faculty of Law and Business; EM Strasbourg Business School; LaRGE Research Center

Rima Turk-Ariss

International Monetary Fund; Economic Research Forum

Laurent Weill

University of Strasbourg - LaRGE Research Center (Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie)

Date Written: April 4, 2011

Abstract

The last decade witnessed a proliferation in issues of sukuk, Islamic financial instruments structured to replicate the cash flows of conventional bonds. Using a market-based approach on Malaysian data, we consider whether investors react differently to the announcements of sukuk and conventional bond issues. Our findings suggest the stock market is neutral to announcements of conventional bond issues, but reacts negatively to announcements of sukuk issues. We attribute this finding to the excess demand for Islamic investment certificates and explain the difference in stock market reactions as an adverse selection mechanism that favors sukuk issuance by lower-quality debtor companies. Unlike previous studies, our findings indicate markets readily distinguish between sukuk and conventional bonds.

Keywords: financial instruments, Islamic finance, sukuk, event studies

JEL Classification: G14, P51

Suggested Citation

Godlewski, Christophe J. and Turk-Ariss, Rima and Weill, Laurent, Do Markets Perceive Sukuk and Conventional Bonds as Different Financing Instruments? (April 4, 2011). BOFIT Discussion Paper No. 6/2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1833344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1833344

Christophe J. Godlewski

University of Strasbourg - Faculty of Law and Business ( email )

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EM Strasbourg Business School ( email )

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Strasbourg, 67000
France

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LaRGE Research Center ( email )

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Strasbourg, 67000
France

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Rima Turk-Ariss

International Monetary Fund ( email )

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Washington, DC 20431
United States

Economic Research Forum ( email )

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(P.O. Box: 12311)
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Egypt

Laurent Weill (Contact Author)

University of Strasbourg - LaRGE Research Center (Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie) ( email )

61 Avenue de la Forêt Noire
F-67085 Strasbourg Cedex
France

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