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GCC Corporates Adapt to New Normal – but Hopes for Bond Market Revolution Could be Dashed

Gulf sovereigns tapped the debt market on an unprecedented scale over the past couple of years as banking liquidity tightened and the hunt for yield pushed investors into new territory, setting the stage for more non-financial corporate bond issuance and a huge funding culture shift among the region’s enterprises. But there may be reason to believe what began to be seen as a funding revolution in the region could be stopped in its tracks.

CASE STUDY: Albaraka Turk Makes History with Turkey’s First Additional Tier 1 Deal

Albaraka Turk extended its reputation as a pioneer in the sukuk market last month, issuing the country’s first Basel III-compliant Additional Tier 1 capital notes – in a Sharia-compliant privately placed, publicly listed format, no less.

Interview with TDB Treasurer: First Islamic bond deal as part of diversification strategy

The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, known more commonly as TDB and, formerly, PTA Bank, is a specialized African regional FI - one of the fastest growing investment grade rated multilateral DFIs on the continent. We speak to Abraham Byanyima, Treasury Executive, about the bank’s recent dual-tranche conventional & Islamic bond, East Africa’s private banking industry and TDB’s borrowing plans.

Bonds & Loans Turkey Awards: Winners in 2018

Despite a conspicuous rise in tensions between Turkey and some of its closest neighbours and allies, the country finished 2017 as one of the fastest growing economies in the world – thanks in part to an unprecedented fiscal stimulus that helped among other things stoke the continued deepening of the capital markets. Against that backdrop, a number of leading issuers and borrowers once again set new benchmarks in the credit markets for 2018, securing a number of ‘firsts’ while making the market more robust.

Standardisation and Harmonisation Will Propel the Sukuk Market Forward

Almost 20 years ago, global fixed income investors scarcely heard of the word ‘sukuk’, let alone understood the asset’s unique structural features or benefits. Much has changed since, with the global sukuk issuance topping USD74.8bn at the end of 2016. But with the asset class’ impressive growth being hamstrung by liquidity shortages and a lack of global standards, the development and proliferation of those standards – and a protracted effort on behalf of market makers to harmonise those standards – is needed to help take the market to the next level.

Middle East CFOs Eye New Credit Funding Opportunities

Boosted by a positive global outlook and rising oil prices and despite growing geopolitical risk, top corporate, quasi-sovereign and sovereign CFOs, Group Treasurers and Heads of Debt Management in the Middle East were resolutely optimistic about the financial prospects of their organisations heading into Q4, according to our most recent Middle East CFO Market Sentiment Monitor.

Russia, CIS, Europe & Turkey Credit Markets Brief: 02 November – 16 November

Petropavlovsk sold USD500mn of fresh debt –– PSB gets downgraded – Rosneft’s shares take a hit due to Venezuelan crisis – Venezuela and Russia agree on debt restructuring –ABLV placed USD40mn of unsubordinated notes – Belarus to issue USD600mn next year – The government to support Turkey’s export sector

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 25 October – 08 November

Saudi bonds fall as officials arrested amid anti-graft crackdown – Saudi PFI to contribute USD20-40bn to Blackstone-run fund – Egypt secures USD653mn financing for 13 solar projects – APICORP to issue USD500mn sukuk – ADNOC eager to pen USD6bn loan from syndicate of 13 banks – Bank Sohar issues a OMR100mn perp – Bahrain reportedly calls for GCC to freeze Qatar membership

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 18 October – 01 November

BADEA to support economic development in the continent – SA budget deficit rose 4.3% – AfDB suspended a loan to Nigeria – Kenya to reopen 5-year notes – Ghana issued USD1.3bn of fresh debt – Tanzania struck a deal with Barrick Gold for USD300mn – Inflation in Zambia dropped – Zimbabwe hopes to cut budget deficit to 4%

Turkey’s 2018 Funding & Liquidity Agenda

It has been a difficult 12 months for the Turkish economy, but green shoots are finally starting to emerge and international lenders are refocusing on the next wave of funding opportunities in the country. We speak with Hulusi Horozoğlu, Assistant General Manager, Head of Wholesale Banking at HSBC Turkey, one of the country’s leading investment banks, about the dynamics of the local market, and where – against a broader global backdrop of low yields – the next wave of international liquidity is likely to land in Turkey.

 

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