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Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 27 September – 11 October

Syndicated lending in EMEA down 9% to USD610bn in 2017 – Abu Dhabi’s USD10bn bond 3x oversubscribed – UAE’s Ajman Bank secures USD200mn syndicated Islamic loan – UAE banks looking to ditch Qatari assets over GCC rift – Saudi Aramco on course to complete IPO in 2018 – Saudi Arabia issues USD12.5bn international bond – Qatar mulling USD9-11bn bond sale

Off the Record: Middle East DCM Must Evolve to Prosper in Challenging Times

As the annual Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards approaches, we discuss some of the themes emerging behind the scenes in Middle East debt capital markets, looking at concerns voiced by bankers, investors and CFOs in private discussions as well as the opportunities on the horizon for foreign FIs and investors looking to delve deeper into the region.

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 13 September – 27 September

GCC bonds soften on FOMC tone – Saudi Arabia pushes forward with local sukuk sales – Emaar secures syndi loan – UAE Central Bank soaks up additional liquidity – Nebras prices landmark deal – QIC pulls out of UAE amid diplomatic rift – Egypt plans more Eurobonds – Bahrain prices triple-trancher – Iran makes headway on gov’t spending transparency – Lebanon passes crucial tax reforms – OOECP, Mazoon Dairy ink new deals

Exploring the Next Frontier in the GCC Capital Markets: Saudi Arabia

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.

Dar Al-Arkan Looks to Fill Shortage of Saudi Real Estate Firms in Dubai

The Saudi real estate development company Dar Al-Arkan tapped the Islamic markets with a USD500mn 5-year Sukuk in May this year, in the process drawing the attention of yield-hungry investors seeking hard-currency exposure in GCC fixed income. With new regulations expected to transform the sector and as KSA’s fiscal consolidation plan takes shape, we speak with Dar Al-Arkan CFO Mika Toivola about the company’s recent deals and funding strategy going forward.

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: August 31 - September 13

A fortnightly review of the Middle East's debt capital markets, covering the latest loan and bond deals, rating actions, policy and credit market developments... OPEC mulling 3-month extension to oil production cuts – Italian bank CDP to lend USD300mn to the Meydan Group – Iraq inks a USD270mn loan from Japan – Iran looks to join BRICS – Saudi German Hospital receives AED370mn Islamic syndicated loan – AIIB to provide up to USD210mn funding for renewable energy in Egypt – Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank issues a 2-year USD100mn sukuk – UAE expects to raise revenue of about 1.6% of GDP following VAT implementation

Emerging Market Credit Daily Roundup: 7 September, 2017

UNEC to raise AED1bn – Bahrain to issue a sukuk – Nigeria pre-launched its sukuk sale – Afreximbank to boost capital for lending – CABEI gets upgraded – ADB tapped the international markets – Russia to resolve dispute with Exxon Mobile

Emerging Market Credit Daily Roundup: 6 September, 2017

Non-resident EM inflows flatline in August – Middle East bond market to see USD20bn of new supply in 2017 – Oman replaces CBO governor – Ecobank subsidiary secures USD250mn 5-year loan – Brazil looks ready to cut rates – Mexico City airport in market for USD2bn – CDB looks to raise CNY5bn in green bonds – ArcelorMittal Ukrainian subsidiary in loan talks with EBRD

Why Green Sukuk Could be a Growth Driver for Islamic Finance

Created to fund projects with positive environmental benefits, green bonds have become rapidly popular in Europe and Asia while gaining traction in the United States.

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 17 August – 31 August

Saudi Arabia auctions local sukuk – Qatar growth to slow down – Warba Bank to make its debut in the loan market – Egypt sells EUR659.9mn worth of T-bills – Qatar keeping tabs on partners spooked by boycott - Iran gets credit line from South Korea’s Exim Bank – SMC secures a USD728mn credit facility – Iraq to get a loan from France

 

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