Bahrain

#Bahrain's GFH repays $45 million in syndicated debt

Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank GFH Financial Group has repaid $45 million worth of debt, bringing its total syndicated liabilities down to $105 million. This is the latest effort by GFH to deleverage, having held liabilities of over $1 billion back in 2008. In June GFH planned to raise $150 million via sukuk to repay outstanding debts and use surplus cash for future investments. Together with Abu Dhabi Financial Group, GFH is working to establish an Islamic financial institution in Abu Dhabi's financial free zone with authorised capital of $100 million.

Eskan Bank: Making #HomeOwnership a Reality for #Bahrain’s Citizens

Bahrain’s Eskan Bank has enjoyed a very fruitful 2015. The bank recorded positive growth in its mortgage-loan portfolio and also made great strides in several of its social and affordable housing initiatives. Total net income grew by 8% during the year, while the bank’s capital-adequacy ratio continued to improve to 151.72%. Although the Ministry of Housing (MOH) is responsible for the allocation of social-housing financing to Bahraini citizens, Eskan Bank provides pivotal support through the processing of approved social-housing financing applications.

#Turkey's Banking Regulation and #Supervision Agency BRSA" officially an Institutional Member of #AAOIFI

The important role of the Republic of Turkey in the global Islamic finance industry as well as its distinct standing both at the official and popular levels, the steady growth both of Islamic banks and financial institutions operating there, in addition to the parallel evolution of its regulatory and supervisory framework, the AAOIFI has been keen to strengthen professional and technical ties with this country. This was translated into an official visit by AAOIFI to a number of banking regulatory and supervisory bodies as well as a number of Islamic banks and financial institutions, professional entities and academic institutions.

Bahrain's GFH to list Khaleeji bank subsidiary in Dubai

GFH Financial Group plans to list its Bahraini subsidiary Khaleeji Commercial Bank in Dubai and acquire a financial services company to increase shareholder value. GFH's CEO Hisham al-Rayes said the company wants to regarded by investors as a financial holding company rather than an investment bank. The company aims to generate around 15% of its income over the next two years from real estate investments, which will be managed by a new Dubai-based operation called GFH Real Estate.

Ibdar reports $14.5 million loss for 2015

Ibdar Bank recently concluded its Annual General Meeting for the fiscal year 2015 and appointed a new Board of Directors. For fiscal year 2015, the Bank reported $14.5 million loss attributable to shareholders. Total revenue for 2015 was $25.6 million compared to $13.6 million for 2014 an increase of 88% over the last year. The improved operating performance in 2015 was overshadowed by impairment and negative fair value changes of $23.8 million. In addition, shareholders elected a new Board of Directors for a three year period. Mr. Tareq Sadeq was appointed as the Bank’s Chairman and Mr. Abdulkarim Ahmed Bucheery as Vice Chairman.

Nogaholding successfully signs $570 million #Murabahah facility

Nogaholding, the investment arm of #Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) hosted a dinner to commemorate the signing of the $570 mn Murabahah finance facility. Minister of Energy and Chairman of nogaholding Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza congratulated all the lenders for their support. The ten banks which participated include: Arab Banking Corporation (ABC), Ahli United Bank (AUB), Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), Gulf International Bank (GIB), and National Bank of Bahrain (NBB), Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), Kuwait Finance House (KFH), The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG), BNP Paribas and HSBC. nogaholding’s first syndicated debt facility carries a term of five years. The facility size was increased by more than 60% due to strong demand from participating banks.

#Bahrain privately places $435 million #sukuk

The government of Bahrain has privately placed a $435 mn, three-year sukuk issue in a deal arranged by Noor Bank, Bank ABC and Kuwait Finance House. The deal was priced in the area of 325 basis points over midswaps. Strained by low oil prices, Bahrain borrowed in February $600 mn in a two-tranche reopening of a previous US dollar bond issue. On Saturday Moody's Investors Service cut its rating of Bahrain's sovereign debt by one notch to Ba2, taking the rating deeper into junk territory, with a negative outlook.

First Energy Bank Appoints Mr. Khaleefa Butti Omair as a new chairman of the Bank

#Bahrain-based First Energy Bank (FEB) appointed Khaleefa Butti Omair as the Bank's new chairman, following the recent departure of the Bank's former chairman, Khadem Al Qubaisi. Mr. Khaleefa is a national of the United Arab Emirates with over 13 years experience in investment management. He serves as Chairman and board member of several companies.

#Bahrain's Al Baraka gets regulatory nod for #Morocco entry

Bahrain-based Al Baraka Banking Group will establish a banking unit in Morocco after receiving approval from local authorities. The bank said entry to the Morocco market would significantly help diversify assets and income sources for the group. In contrast with its peers in the Gulf, Al Baraka has built the bulk of its business outside of the region, including units in Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and South Africa.

Al Baraka Banking Group Achieve US$ 38 million Net #Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Parent in the First Quarter of 2016

The #Bahrain based Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG) announced that it achieved a substantial increase in total operating income of 16%, and net profits before tax and provisions by 13% during the first quarter of 2016. President & CEO Adnan Ahmed Yousif said the group opened 20 new branches in the first quarter of 2016 to bring total branches to 607 branches with total staff of 11,458. Additionaly, ABG obtainied official approval to establish a banking unit in Morocco, which means a higher diversification in assets and income sources for the Group.

In Line With "Ishraq" Initiative - Back to Basics 2016 and for More Empowerment of #Bahraini Women

Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) has announced the appointment of Nada Ishaq Abdul Karim as Executive Secretary to its Board of Directors. The appointment of the first Bahraini woman in this position comes within the Bank's strategic plans in line with the "Ishraq" Initiative- Back to Basics 2016. CEO Hassan Amin Jarrar said this shows the bank's continuous support for qualified Bahraini women and promotion of Bahraini personnel.

CIBAFI launched Global Forum "Rethinking Values for #Sustainable #Growth"

The General Council of Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions launched its Global Forum 'Rethinking Values for Sustainable Growth' in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. The Forum was attended by delegates from more than 28 countries. Special keynote guest Dr. Mark Mobius covered expert views on MENA and emerging markets including the impact of oil prices on economies, as well as what structural reforms are required for sustainable growth.

Bahrain's Arcapita acquires $100m logistics park in Dubai

Global investment management firm Arcapita has acquired a logistics park in Dubai for a total transaction value of approximately $100 million.The investment comprises nine freehold plots of land in the Al Quoz Industrial area covering an area of approximately 630,000 square feet, located next to Al Khail Road. The site will consist of 10 completed warehousing facilities that will be under a long term master lease with a UAE conglomerate. Martin Tan, Arcapita’s chief investment officer, expects Dubai’s logistics market to experience growth, driven by its geographical location and legislation.

Executive Chairman, Templeton Asset Management to give keynote at CIBAFI forum

Dr. Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Asset Management, is set to give a Special Keynote address at the CIBAFI Global Forum to be held in Bahrain. Mr Mobius will cover the following topics: Thoughts on how finance can contribute to sustainable growth of the economy; Insights on how financial markets in the global and emerging markets are expected to perform; Expert views on MENA market and the impact of oil prices on economies; Assessment of and what structural reforms are required to spur good growth; The potential growth markets in mid-to- long terms; Lessons for Islamic finance.

Ithmaar Bank shareholders approve new group structure plans

Shareholders with Bahrain-based Ithmaar Bank recently approved of the new group structure plans that will help the core retail banking business grow along with the bank’s strategic focus. The new plans were part of a proposal from the bank's board of directors and are still subject to approvals and further changes. The new structure will better allow the bank to compete with the global market. Ithmaar Bank Chairman Prince Amr Al Faisal said this new group structure will help lower the risk profile of the new banking entity and enhance shareholder value.

Bahrain's Nogaholding secures $570 million Islamic loan

Nogaholding, the holding company for oil and gas assets owned by the government of Bahrain, signed to obtain a five-year, $570 million murabaha financing facility. The Islamic funding will support investment in a number of large oil and gas projects in the kingdom, including the BAPCO Modernisation Programme, a liquefied natural gas import terminal, and the Bahrain Gas Plant Project. The facility is provided by 10 international, regional and local institutions: Arab Banking Corp, Ahli United Bank, Arab Petroleum Investments Corp, Gulf International Bank, National Bank of Bahrain, Qatar Islamic Bank, Kuwait Finance House, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNP Paribas and HSBC.

Bahrain's Nogaholding secures $570 million Islamic loan

Nogaholding, the holding company for oil and gas assets owned by the government of Bahrain, signed to obtain a five-year, $570 million murabaha financing facility. The Islamic funding will support investment in a number of large oil and gas projects in the kingdom, including the BAPCO Modernisation Programme, a liquefied natural gas import terminal, and the Bahrain Gas Plant Project. The facility is provided by 10 international, regional and local institutions: Arab Banking Corp, Ahli United Bank, Arab Petroleum Investments Corp, Gulf International Bank, National Bank of Bahrain, Qatar Islamic Bank, Kuwait Finance House, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNP Paribas and HSBC.

Chairman, board member said to leave Bahrain's First Energy Bank

The chairman of Bahrain-based First Energy Bank, Khadem al-Qubaisi, and board member Mohamed al-Husseiny have reportedly left the bank, with a new chairman to be appointed shortly, after approval by the central bank of Bahrain. Al Qubaisi was one of the most prominent executives in the United Arab Emirates until the UAE energy minister replaced him as managing director of state-owned International Petroleum Investment Co last April. Husseiny was replaced as chief executive of Aabar last year after holding that post since 2010. Unlisted First Energy Bank reported a net loss of $375.2 million for 2015.

Bahrain Islamic Bank joins the Pearl Initiative’s growing network of regional corporate partners

Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) has joined the Pearl Initiative, the Gulf business-led organization promoting a corporate culture of accountability and transparency as a key driver of competitiveness across the Region. As a partner of the Pearl Initiative, Bahrain Islamic Bank will encourage the implementation of corporate governance practices and gender diversity in leadership at workplaces throughout the region. Through its association, BisB will participate in dialogue forums and capability-building seminars, facilitate engagement with peers and work alongside Pearl Initiative to encourage social entrepreneurship across the Region.

Bahraini banks acquire key US real estate portfolio

A consortium of Bahrain-based lenders Venture Capital Bank (VC Bank) and Seera Investment Bank has acquired a major real estate portfolio consisting of two multifamily residential assets in Atlanta (US) comprising 866 units. This marks the consortium’s first investment in the US multifamily sector and has been in co-operation with a local partner that has experience in the management and operation of multifamily residential assets. Atlanta remains a hot favourite among global investors, thanks to the large number of Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered there. It is also the fourth biggest city with headquartered Fortune 500 companies after New York City, Houston, and Dallas.

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