audi Aramco confirmed on 17 June that its debut sale of dollar-denominated Sukuk raised $6bn. The sale comprised of three tranches of Shariah-compliant securities maturing between 2024 and 2031 (see table). The funds raised will help Saudi Aramco meet its onerous dividend obligations, which necessitate quarterly payouts of $18.76bn ($75bn annually: MEES, 7 May).