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The Central Bank of Bahrain yesterday announced that the monthly issue of the Sukuk Al Salam Islamic securities for the BD36 million issue, which carries a maturity of 91 days, has been oversubscribed by 102 per cent. The expected return on the issue, which begins tomorrow and matures on February 26 next year, is 0.85pc, compared with 0.85pc for the previous issue.
The CMA Board has issued its resolution approving the offering of Saudi Electricity Company's sukuk. The total offering size will be determined at a later stage by the Company. The prospectus will be published to the investors in due course.
Malaysia Building Society Bhd. (MBSB) will sell the nation’s first covered Islamic bonds to be backed by receivables, offering RM495 million of the debt next month. The sale will be the first portion of a RM3 billion programme announced last month and will be issued by Jana Kapital Sdn, a special-purpose company. The securities have been assigned an AA1 ranking by RAM Rating Services Bhd in Kuala Lumpur. The offer is part of the company’s strategy to expand its business and to cut costs to sustain earnings growth. The company will report record profits this year as its nine-month net income of RM464 million has already surpassed 2012’s full-year total of RM446.7 million.
Ooredoo QSC has mandated DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, QInvest and QNB Capital to act as joint lead managers and Bookrunners for a proposed US dollar Reg S benchmark Sukuk offering. The offering is expected to be launched, subject to market conditions, following investor roadshows starting 22 November covering Asia, Middle East and Europe.
Saudi real estate firm Dar Al Arkan (B+ from S&P) has launched a $300 million, three-year sukuk offering at 6 percent. The Reg S only deal is expected to price later on Wednesday via Bank Al Khair, BAML, DB, Emirates NBD Capital and GS. The sukuk al-wakala will mature on Nov. 25, 2016.
Thomson Reuters has released the findings of its second consecutive Sukuk Perceptions and Forecast Study. Overall, the study found that the potential demand and supply pipeline of sukuk is expected to grow. Despite this increase, demand is still expected to outstrip supply substantially until 2014, when it is predicted supply will begin to outpace supply. On the demand side, investors expect 50 percent of their portfolios to be allocated to Islamic finance investments, out of which 25% to 35%, would be allocated to sukuk. MENA investors overwhelmingly prefer USD sukuk. Oman is viewed as the most attractive emerging Islamic finance market for sukuk investment. The study will be launched at the Global Islamic Economy Summit on 25th & 26th November 2013 in Dubai.
Al Madina Investment (Al Madina) has organized an event to celebrate the issuance of the first sukuk in Oman. Al Madina acted as the Principal Advisor, Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Lead Manager for the OMR50 million Sukuk Al Ijarah issued by Modern Sukuk on behalf of Tilal Development Company (TDC). The proceeds from the sukuk will be utilized for the expansion of TDC's flagship project - the Tilal Complex. In the event, Al Madina honors the stakeholders and also the participants in the sukuk by presenting them with an award for their contribution to successful issuance of the sukuk.
Saudi Electricity Co plans to issue Islamic bonds denominated in both riyals and dollars in coming months and has reportedly selected banks to arrange the offers. The monopoly utility has large fund-raising needs as it looks to expand generation capacity to keep up with the kingdom's rapidly growing power demand. SEC has chosen the investment banking arm of Banque Saudi Fransi and HSBC's Saudi Arabian unit to arrange the riyal-denominated sukuk. This transaction is expected to launch as early as Thursday. HSBC will also be involved as an arranger of the dollar-denominated sukuk, along with Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase. This sale is expected in early 2014.
The first sukuk proposed by Osborne will only be valued at £200m, but it would make Britain the first non-Islamic country in the world to issue sovereign sukuk. However, ensuring that the sukuk are watertight in their compliance with sharia will be the acid test for Osborne. If they’re not, they are rendered pointless and a huge waste of time and money. If Osborne’s sukuk have a successful debut, it will herald a greater level of fiscal openness and consensus between the Islamic world and Britain. But it is highly unlikely this policy will make a difference to the life of the average British Muslim, and issuing a few culturally-catered bonds will not even begin to address the rampant inequality and instability of a British economy.
Dubai-based GEMS Education has set initial pricing thoughts of an 11.75-12.00 per cent profit rate for its planned debut sale of hybrid Islamic bonds. The company, which employs about 11,000 staff and operates around 100 private schools across the Gulf region, has hired Morgan Stanley Inc, Credit Suisse and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) to arrange the sale. The sukuk sale will use a mudaraba structure and will be callable after five years. No details on the planned size of the offering was provided.
Indonesia's finance ministry did not receive any winning bids for all offered sharia bonds at Tuesday's auction, the debt office at the finance ministry said. The country offered project-based sukuk with maturities of 7-years, 24-years and 30-years with an indicative target of 1 trillion rupiah. Total bids were 366.3 billion rupiah ($31.7 million).
Frequently I am being asked about advice on topics for student's thesis. More often than I actually would have ideas at hand.
Now, what I would suggest is two things:
1) In general: Write about a topic useful for Islamic banking rather than the 1001 work about the core principles. Responsible investment, impact investing and the like is good to study and then learn from each other.
2) Specifically, my idea of the idea: Sukuk is a new market. A concern in the first years was that nobody knows how a default would be turning out. Now as we have a small number of default and near default cases there is a possibility of analyzing the outcomes and derive conclusions. A topic with real practical relevance.
All the best,
Michael Saleh Gassner
Turkish lender Türkiye Finans plans to issue both lira and foreign currency-denominated sukuk in 2014, according to Chief Executive Derya Gürerk. The lender, majority owned by Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank, issued a $500 million sukuk earlier this year. The move reflects Turkey’s growing Islamic finance industry as the government promotes a wider range of Islamic finance products. The country now has 50 banks, four of which are Islamic: Al Baraka Turk, Bank Asya, Türkiye Finans and Kuveyt Türk, 62 percent owned by Kuwait Finance House. These banks have seen their assets grow six-fold over the last decade as their combined branch network has more than tripled.
Omani real estate developer Tilal Development Co has sold the country's first Islamic bond, a 50 million rial ($130 million) sukuk. Tilal's five-year sukuk, offering a profit rate of 5 percent and based on an ijara structure was privately placed with investors, arranger Al Madina Investment said. About 95 percent of the sukuk, rated BBB+ by Cyprus-based Capital Intelligence, was placed with local investors including pension firms and banks. Tilal, 40 percent-owned by sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority, will use proceeds from its sukuk to expand the Tilal Complex in Muscat, a flagship project which includes the Muscat Grand Mall as well as residential and office space.
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has announced that it intends to list Dh37 billion sukuk programme on Nasdaq Dubai. The move represents a momentous addition to the constant successes of ‘Dubai the Capital of Islamic Economy’ initiative. Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, president of the IDB, said that Dubai’s exchange and regulatory architecture together with its commitment to providing Islamic finance solutions of high quality make it a natural home for IDB's securities. It is noteworthy that Dubai capital markets have successfully attracted sukuk issues of Dh46 billion since the launch of ‘Dubai, the global sukuk centre’, and this number is expected to reach Dh60 billion by year end.
Emirates Islamic Bank (EIB) listed two sukuk, each with a nominal value of 500 million dollars, a total of 1 billion dollars (AED 3.67 billion), on NASDAQ Dubai. The issuances raised the total value of Sukuk listed on Dubai’s exchanges to 12.08 billion dollars (AED 44.4 billion), the third largest amount in the world. The listing of EIB’s Sukuk on NASDAQ Dubai took place in September. The yield on the HSBC/ NASDAQ Dubai US Dollar NASDAQ Dubai-Listed Sukuk Index has fallen to 3.76% from 4.5% at the beginning of September, implying greater demand for the securities in the index.
David Cameron, the British prime minister, announced plans to issue sovereign sukuk as early as next year at the ninth annual World Islamic Economic Forum in London on October 29th. The convention marks the first time the event has been held outside the Muslim world. That is a testament to the rising global clout of Islamic finance. The Gulf states have been at the forefront of the boom, other countries like Turkey are emulating the Gulf model. However, the prospects in the wider Middle East, e.g. Egypt and Lybia, are less clear. Despite Islamic finance’s being the toast of the town in the City of London this week, the struggle to make it work in the heart of the Muslim world continues.
IslamicFinance.de is still edited by myself, Michael Saleh Gassner. In the same time the website became part of the family's publishing house, Al Kitab.
Myself I moved to Geneva for professional reasons, working as Islamic private banker. IslamicFinance.de remains to be a private passion.
EIIB-Rasmala, a venture between London-based European Islamic Investment Bank and Dubai's Rasmala Group, plans to widen its range of Islamic investment products with the hope of doubling assets under management over the next two years. The firm, which manages over $1 billion in assets, sees growing mid-market opportunities for its Islamic asset management and investment banking business lines, chief executive Zulfi Hydari said. By mid-market, the firm means medium-sized customers which may no longer be served by big investment banks. In investment banking, the firm is focused on arranging Islamic bonds, with deal sizes between $75 million to $150 million. Earlier this month, the firm already arranged the first tranche of a $100 million sukuk programme from FWU Group.