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CASE STUDY: Ezdan Draws Out Tenors with US$460mn Syndication

Ezdan Holding Group, Qatar’s largest privately-owned real estate developer, raised US$460mn through a competitively priced syndication in a bid to help refinance existing maturities and extend the tenor of existing debt.

CASE STUDY: NBAD Blazes a Trail with First MENA Green Bond

UAE-based lender National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) broke new ground by becoming the first MENA issuer to tap the green finance markets with a debut US$587mn 5-year green bond. The deal marked the largest size and tightest spread for an FI green issuance across the emerging market space, excluding China.

Interview: Combining Conventional and Islamic Finance Techniques in One Seamless Structure

Unlike borrowers in other parts of the world, those based in the GCC region have flexibility in being able to access funding from both conventional and Islamic bank. But co-financings involving conventional and Islamic banks raise structural issues which need to be overcome in a way which is going to be acceptable to both sets of banks.

Middle East Credit Markets Brief

Saudi Arabia loses market share in the oil sector – Saudi Electricity Co. in talks over sukuk – ACWA makes landmark 22-year trade – Etihad bonds drop on Alitalia news – UAE bankruptcy laws to improve operating environment – Dana Gas in debt restructuring talks – ADCB plans new issue – QNB hits the market, plans to make inroads in KSA – Bahrain feels FX strain – Oman in US$3.6bn loan talks – OETC prices upsized trade – Jordan places another Eurobond – NBK mulls new unsecured notes – Iran struggles to attract foreign investment

Why Islamic Finance Could Lose Ground in Fintech Footrace

Whether you call it Fintech, Insure-tech or Takaful-tech, Fintech has become a buzzword in the Islamic finance industry. Though not a sudden development, the evolution of Fintech in the industry has evolved rather rapidly.

CASE STUDY: Kuwait US$8bn Debut Marks Largest Dual Tranche Bond in Emerging Markets

Kuwait maintained GCC sovereign mega-bond momentum, tapping the markets for an aggregate of US$8bn in the biggest ever EM dual-tranche issuance. Kuwait’s debut on global debt capital markets marks the biggest CEEMEA transaction this year to date.

CASE STUDY: Saudi Sets Islamic Finance Benchmark with Record US$9bn Sukuk

After wowing the markets with its landmark US$17.5bn sovereign bond, the KSA repeated the trick on the Islamic finance side, issuing the largest sukuk in history and pricing effectively flat to the conventional sovereign curve.

CASE STUDY: Etihad Lands Largest Sukuk Debut in MENA Aviation History

UAE-based airline Etihad Airways tapped the Islamic finance market with the largest ever sukuk issuance in the MENA region’s aviation history to date, an impressive debut.

The Idea of Pension Reform in the GCC Needs to Come out of Retirement

Despite depressed oil prices and a broader economic slowdown which has led to record unemployment in the GCC, the topic of pension reform has garnered shockingly little attention. Whether considered from the perspective of taking better care of a rapidly ageing population, or further – some would argue, much needed – development of the region’s asset management sector, it’s an idea whose time has come.

GCC Fiscal Break-Even Oil Prices Show Some Adjustment, But Balanced Budgets Are a Way Off

Spending cuts, non-oil revenue measures and falling subsidy bills have all contributed to falling fiscal break-even prices. However, only Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Qatar are somewhat more comfortable at current oil price levels, taking investment income from their large wealth funds into account. Break-even prices are slated to remain high in Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia even after recent reductions, and their balance sheets will continue to worsen in the absence of further fiscal adjustment or a stronger oil price rally.

 

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