Trump election win delays planned MidEast #sukuks, bonds

The unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election caused the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to wait a bit longer to assess the impact on the regional bond market. IDB will announce this week plans for investor roadshows covering its planned sukuk sale. The issue, expected to be in excess of $1 billion, is one of the few remaining debt sales likely to be completed in the Middle East before the end of this year. Some Middle Eastern bond transactions for which banks had already been mandated have been put on hold and potential borrowers have decided to wait until January to see how markets perform. In addition to the IDB, Abu Dhabi airline Etihad is also expected to launch a sukuk issue soon, likely to be in the $1 billion region. The bond is expected to be executed later this week.

Fear of floating: Raising finance in the Gulf

Dubai capital market seems to be lively again after two new Islamic bonds in value of $500m respectively $650m has been issued this year. After a long period of uncertainity, this should be a turning point for secondary market as well as key driver for region's capital markets in order to get back on the desired growth path.

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