The Sultanate of Oman’s OMR250mn sukuk al-Ijara Trust Certificates due November 2020 helped the government set a critical funding benchmark and helped pave the way for a conventional dual-currency bond seven months later.
Noor Bank’s debut perpetual Tier 1 perpetual sukuk issuance met with strong demand from global investors and achieved the lowest yield of any Tier 1 Basel III compliant perpetual sukuk in Dubai, despite a volatile market backdrop which saw oil prices dip below US$30 per barrel.
Petroleum Development Oman’s (PDO) US$4bn senior secured pre-export term loan facility was the company’s debut credit deal, upsized on the back of strong demand from global investors, and the first ever oil pre-payment financing by the Omani government.
The rapid growth of green finance has sparked interest from many audiences. The use of bonds to finance green projects have become an exciting market development, with demand from investors consistently outstripping supply. Across the globe, borrowers and investors are keen to engage in sustainable financing opportunities and we have seen increasing activities in Asia, paving the way for the markets in the Middle East to take off.
Ezdan’s debut US$500mn 5-year fixed rate trust certificates helped the company diversify its sources of funding, and created a broader platform from which Qatar’s leading real estate developer, owner and operator can grow its business in the future.
Despite 2016 being a challenging year for the Qatari economy and the GCC more broadly, there are reasons for optimism in 2017. The price of oil is stabilizing and looks set to increase modestly next year; new infrastructure development spurred on in part by FIFA World Cup 2022 will boost the construction and tourism sectors, as well as demand for residential and commercial real estate; and, prudential management of the country’s banks means many are entering the next year on a strong footing. Bonds & Loans speaks with Fahad Al Khalifa, CEO of al khaliji, one of the country’s leading financial institutions, about the outlook for the Qatari economy and the key factors shaping the bank’s strategy in 2017.
Ever since announcing plans for a US$10bn sovereign bond program in July, Kuwait has been courting the international debt markets with promise of a seemingly imminent debt sale. With fiscal deficit widening amid oil price slump, the newly elected government is under pressure to cut spending – and may have to go through with the bond sale sooner rather than later.
Participation banks have scaled up their retail outfits rapidly over the past few years, consistently besting average growth rates in the Turkish banking sector, and analysts are optimistic about the health of the country’s Islamic capital markets.
This year has seen liquidity thinning out in oil dependent markets due in large part to declining oil revenues, a particularly impactful trend in the GCC. In response, many of the region’s investment banks have gone back to basics, becoming more selective on deals and focussing on their core strengths in particular niches. But the region’s challenges have left others – particularly those with a longer term view of the markets – relatively undeterred, creating new opportunities both within the GCC and abroad. Ahmed Al Qassim, CEO, Emirates NBD Capital speaks with Bonds & Loans about the markets and how the company is positioning itself to take advantage of emerging opportunities within the GCC, Asia and Africa.
This year has so far seen a rapid expansion in bonds and to a lesser extent sukuk issued from the GCC, largely led by many of the region’s sovereigns and financial institutions. Speed, standards, and liquidity concerns are keeping some issuers from tapping into the sukuk market to achieve their funding objectives, analysts suggest.
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