Qatar Islamic Bank's QInvest is exiting the St. Edmund’s Terrace LP Fund. The Shari'ah compliant fund was jointly owned by QInvest and a range of GCC institutional and retail investors. It invested GBP 50 million into developing a new, prime residential project through a real estate development company. The Fund was created to provide investors with the opportunity to invest in London’s prime residential market. At completion, the Fund generated 22% net returns to investors. Craig Cowie, Head of Real Estate at QInvest said the returns exceeded expectations and added a notable asset to the luxury real estate market in London. The project, 50 St. Edmund’s Terrace, completed in June 2015 and comprises of three residential blocks and 37 units. It delivered an average selling price in excess of GBP 2,600 per square foot.
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has launched a new automated complaint management system, a system that helps customers to track the status of an issue and to understand what is happening at every step in the process. The complaint management system is accessible by all employees, ensuring that every person working for the bank is able to contribute to improving customer service. The moment a request/complaint is logged into the system, a text message (SMS) is sent to the customer providing a unique reference number related to the inquiry. This allows QIB customers to get easy updates on the status of their complaint any time. Upon a suitable resolution of each case, QIB customers receive a closing/confirmation SMS. Constantinos Constantinides, the bank's chief strategy officer said the new system would increase customers’ satisfaction and maintain their loyalty to QIB.
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has introduced online instant purchase for its new Travel Takaful plan. From now on, QIB’s customers can conveniently purchase Travel Takaful plan through the Bank’s website www.qib.com. The comprehensive plans are offered by Damaan Islamic Insurance Company (Beema) and provide a wealth of coverages. Benefits include compensation in case of lost/delayed baggage, delay in departures, or in the event of lost passports, National IDs and driving licences.
A key benefit is the coverage of medical expenses incurred abroad, including hospital and surgical costs, dental emergencies and other needs that can occur when traveling.
An Islamic financing facility worth $500m was signed between Qatar Telecom (Qtel) and Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB). The bank plays the role of Sole Mandated Lead Arranger and Investment Agent for the deal. The financing is structured as an 18 month Shariah-compliant "Revolving Murabaha". According to Chief Executive Officer of the Qtel Group - Dr Nasser Marafih - the deal will make the relationship between Qtel and QIB stronger. Ahmad Meshari, Acting Chief Executive Officer of QIB, added that the financing facility enables further avenues of collaboration between the two companies.
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) shows high performance with a net profit of QR1.13bn in the first nine months of 2012. This is an increase of 2% compared to the same period last year. In September this year, QIB's total assets were at QR66.8bn - an increase of 26.7% since last year. The reason for the continuous asset growth are the financing activities, which have risen 42% from QR11.3bn in the first nine months of 2011 to QR38.1bn this year.
Qatar Islamic Bank has made plans of issuing a sukuk in dollar denomination. The move will be part of the bank's sukuk issuance programme worth $1.5 billion. According to a document from the lead arrangers, the banks mandated for the sukuk are Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered and QInvest LLC. Further details on the size of the sukuk are not known yet. The plans include investor meetings in Asia, Middle East and Europe.
After bein inactive on the suku market for 2 years, Qatar Islamic bank (QIB) is about to launch a new sukuk program. The bank's board has approved a sum of $1.5 billion for this purpose. According to a spokesman of the bank, the issuance will be managed by HSBC Holdings PLC, Standard Chartered PLC, QInvest LLC and Deutsche Bank AG. The issuance will take place in two tranches of of $750 million. The first one will probably be issued in a month's time.
A company statement on Wednesday said Qatar Islamic Bank is planning a sukuk issuance programme of up to $1.5 billion. The bank will seek the approval of shareholders of the plan in a meeting on September 16.
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has presented a project financing agreement with Al Million Services Trading and Contracting Co. W.L.L. in order to fund the purchase and operation of 500 new taxi vehicles. The financing will be put in action as per the Islamic finance methods of Murabaha, Wikala, and Istisnaa.
Abdul Kader Mydeen, Managing Director of Al Million Services Trading and Contracting Co. W.L.L., stated that the agreement completed with QIB will help the purchase and operation of the taxi cars asked by the company in order to meet the goals of MOWASALAT.
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) had a 26.9 percent jump in second-quarter net profit, beating analysts' forecasts on a surge in the bank's investment income.
Analysts questioned by Reuters on average expected a quarterly net profit of 347.36 million riyals.
Four months after Qatar ordered conventional banks to quit Islamic banking, there has been little to no progress by the conventional banks to dispose of their Islamic assets.
Although Commercial Bank of Qatar has opened talks on selling its Shari'ah compliant book of business, while Qatar Islamic Bank confirmed its interest in potential buyouts, it remains only paper talk.
In order to reduce debt payments, Qatar Islamic Bank is going to sell sukuk this year. The sukuk will have a maturity for over 5 years.
Qatar’s central bank cut interest rates last month for the first time in eight months after a slowdown in credit growth.The bank lowered the benchmark overnight lending rate by 50 basis points to five percent and the deposit rate by the same amount to one percent.
Themar, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB)’s new product, is going to let clients to invest regularly, or with several lump sums, into the Sukuk market and Islamic financial institutions stocks around the globe.
Themar has two modes of subscription for its customers.
In the first place is the monthly investment which allows clients a second choise: a maturity term of two, five or eight years with a minimum monthly subscription of QAR 2,000 ($549.2).
Second, there is the one-off investment that requires a single lump sum from the customer with a minimum investment of QR 40,000 ($10,984).
Ahmed Meshari, acting CEO of Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has said the lender is interested in buying the Islamic banking assets of conventional lenders in the Gulf country, who have been instructed by the central bank to close down their Islamic operations.