With over USD33bn of issuances year to date in 2017 – from just under USD2.5bn in 2008 – the sovereign Sukuk market has grown rapidly over the past decade. Despite such progress, there remains room for further unprecedented growth. The market remains restricted by liquidity constraints, higher costs, and a lack of deep understanding of the Sukuk instrument. If proactive, however, borrowers can overcome these challenges in the pursuit of high-quality borrowing instruments.
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.
Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s (KNPC) USD6.245bn ECA-backed loan was a triumph for the company’s Clean Fuel Project and the region’s credit markets, setting a new record for the largest ECA-backed corporate loan to date.
Kingdom Holdings halts borrowing plans – Citigroup will begin operations in KSA in early 2018 – London Court rules in favour of Dana’s bondholders – ADNOC secures USD6bn dual-tranche loan – Mazoon Electric Company issues a USD500mn sukuk – Lebanon carries out a debt swap – CIB to increase Tier 2 capital
As GCC states embark on their massive USD3tn infrastructure development journey, the arrival of Amazon, Oracle and other global tech giants could push the telecoms sector into the frontline of that programme. But finding the funding for this costly venture at a time when oil prices are still low and coffers are thinning could prove challenging for the region.
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
The saying ‘water is the new oil’ has never been more accurate than it is today. The Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) contains some of the world’s most water-scarce regions. Population growth and urbanisation have led to a rising demand for water and growing levels of wastewater. Increasing water production and ensuring efficient, effective wastewater treatment are essential to the continued development of the META region.
Abu Dhabi-based National Central Cooling Company PJSC, better known as Tabreed, secured its first club loan through an AED1.5bn 10-year sharia-compliant facility, enabling the company to extended its debt maturity profile and appeal to new pockets of global and regional investors.
GCC nations issued USD50.1bn of debt in 2017 – Flynas to start operating flights to Iran – KSA sold a SAR10bn in local sukuk – Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank issued a USD315mn kangaroo bond – QNB to refinance a USD3bn loan – Noga issued a USD1bn bond – Warba Bank syndicating a USD250mn loan – Jordan sold USD1bn of fresh debt – OETC considering a USD-denominated sukuk
Following years of oil price-driven fiscal deficits, the latest data suggests growth in the MENA region is due to pick up in 2018 and 2019 – but will those renewed growth prospects lead governments to reconsider moving forward with a raft of critical projects that many were forced to delay? Analysts are optimistic, but whether those projects are financed through PPPs or more traditional procurement strategies – and the extent to which they can attract private funding – remains to be seen.
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