Middle Eastern air carriers’ passenger growth disappoint – Goldman Sachs bough a piece of Aramco’s credit facility – Saudi Arabia mulls local sukuk – TAQA to refinance US$500mn bond - Doha Bank to sell UAE credit assets – Egypt’s FDI hit US$48.7bn – Bahrain picks banks for US bond – Iraq bond issuance received US$6.6bn in orders – Jordan might tap the international markets in 2017
Qatar files complaint to WTO over GCC boycott – Dana Gas cancels its offer to exchange outstanding US$700mn sukuk – Iraq taps international markets with US$1bn bond - Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) prices a US$2.3bn triple-tranche bond - ADCB raised US$320mn through 5-year Formosa bond - Al Hilal Bank issues US$100mn bond
EEHC, Egypt’s main electric power distributor, successfully completed one of the largest loan syndications in the region with the help of two major lenders, National Bank of Egypt and Banque Misr, which, in a pioneering twist, marketed the loan at discount rates on the secondary markets.
Saudi Arabia’s emergence in the international capital markets, first through the sovereign’s US$17.5bn conventional bond followed months later by its US$9bn sukuk, has the potential to herald one of the biggest shifts the region’s markets have seen in years.
Middle Eastern debt issuances reach US$57.4bn in Q1 – Growth in GCC picks up –Topaz Marine issues bonds - Qatar refuses to accept GCC demands - Egypt raises rates - Oman Oil finalizes a US$2bn loan - Fitch revises outlook for Omani banks – Egypt receives loan tranche from the IMF
The decision by the Abu Dhabi-based gas producer Dana Gas to declare two ostensibly shariah-compliant sukuk worth US$700mn “unlawful” has created a climate of uncertainty among investors and issuers alike, posing uncomfortable questions for the US$2tn Islamic Finance industry.
Dana Gas sukuk-holders demand UK court overturns injunction – IDB approves US$1.96bn funding on development in member states – Qatar downgraded as 5-year CDS rise 60bp – Saudi headline PMI drops to 8-month low – US laptop ban lifted on Abu Dhabi and Dubai airlines – Qatar Airways looking to purchase 10% stake in American Airlines – Egypt delays 5-year Treasury bond sale
Qatar Reinsurance Company Limited (QatarRE) found a narrow window to launch its debut US$450mn hybrid Tier 2 notes to achieve a number of firsts including the most oversubscribed issuance from the MENA region, the tightest coupon on a hybrid capital issuance in the region, and the first US dollar denominated capital market issuance from an insurance company out of MENA.
GCC sukuk issuance topped US$22bn in 1H2017 – Saudi Arabia has a new heir to the throne – Saudi Arabia was added to MSCI’s watch list for a potential upgrade – UAE banks’ loan books grow by 2.13% – Dana Gas sukuk deemed “unlawful” – Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has injected deposits into local banks to boost liquidity – QPSC said it expects to meet its earnings targets
As diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its GCC neighbours continues to escalate, both sides are taking a hit amid worsening market sentiment in the region. As investors frantically survey the markets for guidance on next steps, some fundamental disagreements between the region’s powers threaten to prolong the crisis indefinitely.
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