Bahrain Islamic Bank (BISB)

IIRA maintains ratings of #Bahrain Islamic Bank

Islamic International Rating Agency (IIRA) has reaffirmed ratings of Bahrain Islamic Bank (BIsB) at BBB/A2 on the national scale and BBB-/A3 on the international scale. IIRA added that the bank’s rating outlook is constrained by the macroeconomic environment and tougher industry conditions for banks in the Gulf. Given the presence of external, regional concerns, the outlook on international scale ratings is assessed as Negative. Impairment in recent financings remains minimal, indicating improvement in the bank's business underwriting capability. However, overall asset quality concerns remain notable. IIRA has assigned BIsB a Fiduciary Score of 71-75, which signifies that the rights of various stakeholders are adequately protected.

Bahrain Islamic Bank plans £166m sale of non-core assets

Bahrain Islamic Bank is seeking to sell about 82m dinars (£166m) of unproductive assets such as land and shares as part of a five-year plan to boost growth. The lender sold 14m dinars-worth of these assets in the first half and plans the sale of a similar amount in the remainder of the year. S&P Global Ratings downgraded Bahrain in February because its vulnerability to slumping oil prices has increased since 2009. Fitch Ratings expects Bahrain’s general government debt to rise to almost 80% of GDP this year, from 62% in 2015. According to CEO Hassan Jarrar, Bahrain Islamic Bank plans to boost revenue by 20 to 25% annually, achieve a return on equity of 15% to 16% and cut its cost-to-income ratio to mid-40% from 60% over two years.

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.

BISB and TI in bancaTakaful deal

The next big thing in the GCC's Islamic insurance industry appears to be the bancaTakaful model.
After last week Qatar Islamic Bank distributed Damaan Islamic Insurance Company's Takaful products, retail Islamic bank, Bahrain Islamic Bank (BISB) communicated that it had signed an agreement to distribute Bahrain-based Takaful International's products to its customers.

Bahrain's Al Salam Bank and BISB hire KPMG Fakhro for planned merger

Bahrain Islamic Bank (BISB) and Al Salam Bank have appointed KPMG Fakhro for their planned mega merger.
The proposed merger between the two is considered a litmus test for the Gulf region after the last attempted merger, between two Qatari banks, failed.
If this will result in a success, it would be the first for two Gulf-based Islamic banks.

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