The United Arab Emirates' Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) plans to issue convertible sukuk equivalent to 10% of the lender's capital. Funds raised through the debt sale will be used by Islamic endowments selected by the government of the emirate of Sharjah. The bank also authorised a capital increase to 2.67 billion dirhams ($726 million) from 2.43 billion dirhams.
Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) has successfully repaid a $400 million sukuk. The sukuk had been raised in May 2011 under challenging market circumstances. The funds raised under the sukuk were used for general corporate purposes and business expansion of SIB. The bank currently has two sukuks of $500 million outstanding which are set to mature in 2018 and 2020 respectively.
It seems that Islamic banking has increased UAE bourses of nearly 29.3 % in their net income in the first half of 2011 while their total assets and deposits also recorded growth.
The five listed Shariah-compliant banks that were included in the report are: The Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), Emirates Islamic Bank (EIB), Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) and Ajman Bank. The report was published in the semi official daily 'Al Ittihad' and prooves the fact that the banks had strong results in the second quarter of 2011.
Mohammed Abdullah, CEO of Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB), stated that the bank will issue a global dollar-denominated Sukuk that will be listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The size of the issue is yet to be decided as they are waiting for market response after the investor road show which is taking place in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Although the Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) has acted good through the economic crisis, the problem could be in the expore to real estate.
The bank has also benefited from fairly low impairment charges due to relatively few problems in its financing and leasing book. It seems that the credit worries come from SIB's high single name and sector concentrations in financing and leasing.