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.
Sukuk – sharia-compliant bonds – may have risen to prominence in majority-Muslim countries over the past two decades, but their appeal has clearly gained momentum among a diverse group of stakeholders – and for good reason. These instruments offer borrowers ethical, price-competitive ways of diversifying their investments and raising new capital, just some of the reasons why global sukuk issuance has spiked in recent years – surpassing USD48bn in the first half of 2017 alone, according to data from Bloomberg.
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.
Bonds & Loans speaks with Irakli Gilauri, CEO of BGEO Group about the company’s funding strategy, its first – and the country’s first – local currency Eurobond, and how other emerging market corporates can help deepen demand for local currency assets.
Rosselkhozbank to issue perpetual bonds – Petropavlovsk preparing its bond market debut –Croatia to hold a repo auction – Moldova cuts interest rates – Eurotorg issues Belarus’ first corporate bond – Greece to tap the international markets again – BOE hikes rates for first time since August 2016 – Relations between Turkey and the EU continue to deteriorate
The City of Cape Town successfully placed ZAR1bn in new green bonds this Summer to fund a raft of sustainability initiatives in the city, proving once again that cities are a natural fit for sustainable finance instruments.
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%
The domestic cotton and textiles sectors used to be a huge contributor to Nigeria’s GDP, but massive growth in the oil sector coupled with declining government support has marginalised the industry. Sumit Jain, CFO of West African Cotton Company (WACOT), talks to Bonds & Loans about how the company is working with the government to boost domestic production of cotton and foodstuffs, and how stringent import restrictions and FX shortages – among the biggest challenges facing Nigerian corporates – have created new opportunities for mid-market players.
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.
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.
- Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 11 October – 25 October
- As MENA’s Economic Prospects Strengthen, Will Uncertainty Around PPPs Fade?
- Halkbank Deputy CEO Hakan Eryilmaz on The Lending Outlook in Turkey
- Russia, CIS, Europe & Turkey Credit Markets Brief: 05 October- 19 October
- Africa Credit Markets Brief: 04 October – 18 October
12 Jan 2018