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Turkey mandates banks for sukuk issue

Turkey mandated banks for its second sovereign sukuk issue in international markets and will hold a series of investor meetings in the Middle East and Asia. HSBC, QInvest and Standard Chartered have been mandated to explore opportunities for a possible lease certificate issuance in the international capital markets. Turkey has borrowed $4.2 billion from international capital markets so far this year and plans to borrow a total of up to $6.5 billion through a mix of Eurobond, Samurai and sukuk issues by the end of the year.

New York financial regulator investigates European banks Turkish family dealings

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has asked half a dozen European banks to submit their official records pertaining to their financial dealings with Turkey's Uzan family. The six banks covered by the order are France based BNP Paribas, Societe Generale and Credit Agricole; Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank of Germany and Standard Chartered. The state banking regulator is investigating the case over the illegal business dealings with Uzans. Standard Chartered assured its full co-operation with the regulators, while representatives of the other European banks either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment.

Dubai Duty Free Names Banks To Arrange $750m Expansion Loan

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) has picked Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Emirates NBD, and Standard Chartered to arrange a $750 million loan to fund the company’s expansion at the world’s second-busiest airport and improve its capital structure. DDF’s new dollar-denominated transaction will be priced at 225 basis points (bps) over the London interbank offered rate (Libor). This is 25 bps inside the revised pricing on the dollar tranche of the previous loan. No lifespan for the facility, which will be arranged. The loan is structured so that banks can commit to either a conventional tranche or one compliant with Islamic principles.

Islamic banking nears big breakthrough in Africa – StanChart

Although Islamic banking in still its infancy in sub-Saharan Africa, it is heading for its breakthrough. By the end of this decade it’s quite possible that banking complying with Shariah law could grow to account for up to 10 per cent of banking assets in five or six sub-Saharan African countries, including Kenya and Nigeria. With the first licenses granted in Kenya just 5 to 6 years ago, that would make Africa’s leap into Islamic banking much faster than markets such as Pakistan and Indonesia, where Islamic financial services have been available for longer. Standard Chartered sees Africa as the next frontier for the industry. That’s why the company will be launching its Islamic banking brand, Saadiq, in Kenya shortly, with plans to expand into other countries in both East and West Africa in the future.

Algosaibi plans new debt offer after biggest Middle East default

Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers plans to make a new offer on US$7.2 billion of debt to creditors as it seeks to bounce back from the Middle East's biggest corporate default. The Saudi Arabian company, which runs a bottling plant for PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) products in the kingdom and has interests ranging from finance to shipping, will propose the new deal in the coming months, according to its Chief Executive Officer Simon Charlton. Creditors rejected a proposal from Algosaibi four years ago. The new debt proposal will include some upfront payments and those spread over a longer time. However, terms of the revised deal are likely to be less favorable than the initial offer. Charlton said Algosaibi plans to borrow from local and international banks once the restructuring is resolved.

Standard Chartered to launch Islamic banking in Kenya, Indonesia

Standard Chartered Plc will start offering Islamic banking in Kenya as a springboard into the rest of Africa, Wasim Saifi, its global head of Islamic consumer banking said. Moreover, it may expand services in Indonesia. He said the bank would offer the services through its Islamic banking brand, Standard Chartered Saadiq, targeting the country’s official Muslim population of 4 million people, as well as non-Muslims. The new products will first be launched in Kenya, then in other countries in east Africa and west Africa, as well as further afield. Especially Indonesia is interesting to the bank because Islamic finance is set to triple or quadruple in the next five-ten years in the country. Standard Chartered currently offers Islamic banking in Indonesia through associate Bank Permata

Saudi Civil Aviation Hires HSBC, NCB, StanChart for Sukuk

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation hired three banks for a local-currency sukuk. The Saudi Arabian affiliate of HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), National Commercial Bank’s investment banking unit and Standard Chartered Plc will manage the sukuk sale. NCB Capital and Standard Chartered bid jointly for the mandate. It was not specified how much the authority sought to raise, neither was the timing of the sale. GACA said last year it plans to issue a second tranche of notes to fund an airport expansion in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The company sold Islamic debt last year at 2.5 percent and used proceeds to finance an airport expansion in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

The appeal of Islamic banking

Although Islamic banking has been gaining worldwide popularity in recent years, it still faces considerable challenges in raising profitability. Last year, a record US$144 billion worth of new Sukuk, or Islamic bonds, were issued worldwide and experts believe 2013 is likely to be another record year of issuances. Besides wholesale banking, there are opportunities in Islamic wealth management, especially in centres like Singapore. According to Ernst & Young, the largest markets for Islamic banking in asset terms are Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar. However, most Islamic banks have not been as profitable as their conventional banking counterparts. Experts said this could be because of a weak risk culture, lack of scalability and poorer asset quality.

Dubai to issue 10-yr dollar sukuk Tuesday - leads

The Government of Dubai mandated five banks to arrange a benchmark-sized, dollar-denominated Islamic bond which is expected to price on Tuesday in the low four percent area. The mandated banks to arrange the deal are Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD, HSBC Holdings, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Standard Chartered.

StanChart to consider establishing Islamic banking operations in Oman

Standard Chartered (StanChart) extends its business activities in Oman by opening of its third branch in the country. According to officials, bankhouse considers establishing Islamic banking operations in the sultanate.

Islamic finance finds a rapidly growing niche in the secular world

The last couple of years of financial crisis proved to be unfavourable for the international banking sector. Nevertheless, one sub-sector was growing rapidly and reached significant success - Islamic finance. The majority of people still have not enough understanding and appreciation for Islamic finance. However, the facts show it is a US$1.3 trillion global industry with annual growth of 15% to 20%. During the past few years alone this sector has expanded to even not particularly expected markets adding to the portfolios of conventional international banks. The latter have already made the development of sharia-compliant services a priority.

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Qatar Islamic Bank plans 5-yr benchmark sukuk; pricing this week

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) which is the largest sharia-compliant lender in the country, is arranging an issue of a five-year benchmark-sized Islamic bond. The expecting value of the sukuk shall be at least $500 million.

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Qatar Islamic Bank plans dollar-denominated sukuk

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.

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Standard Chartered and Noor Islamic Bank arrange USD 175 million for Stanford Marine Group

Standard Chartered Bank and Noor Islamic Bank operated jointly as Initial Mandate Lead Arrangers and Structuring Banks for a five years USD 175Mn Senior Secured Club Facility for Stanford Marine Group. The proceeds of the term loan have partly been utilized to refinance existing debt. Standard Chartered Bank was Facility Agent, Investment Agent, and Hedging Bank. The facility offers growth capital to acquire second hand and/or build offshore supply vessels.
The deal conatins dual currency tranches (AED and USD) and Conventional and Islamic Murabaha tranches.

Jafza in talks over $2bn debt

It appears that Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone is discussing with banks how to repay its Dh7.5 billion ($2bn) Islamic bond until November, with most of the liability set to be given up by using a syndicated loan and a new sukuk. The banks that are taken into consideration are: Dubai Islamic Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Standard Chartered.
Although no details have been set up, the majority of the sum will be capitulated into new facilities, with a small amount coming from internal cash reserves.

Sukuk rising – along with pricing

The upturn in the global Sukuk market that has been forseen for the past few years doesn't seem to happen – but for all the wrong reasons. Nowadays corporates and banks are issuing because they need the money.
Citi, Emirates NBD Capital, HSBC, NBAD, RBS and Standard Chartered have all been secured in to advise on the five-year Reg S, dollar-denominated transaction, which could be priced at 350bps over midprice swaps. Fitch has given an A+ anticipated rating and Moody’s has given an A3 with negative outlook.
Bank Muamalat Indonesia is also planning to launch $140m worth of Sukuk in the first half of 2012 with both an Indonesian rupiah subordinated Sukuk and a $50m dollar-denominated senior tranche.

FGB eyes benchmark sukuk

Abu Dhabi's First Gulf Bank (FGB) has chosen four banks for a five-year benchmark-sized Islamic bond: Citi, HSBC, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Standard Chartered.
The timeframe for sukuk hasn't been decided yet.
Emirates Islamic Bank, is anticipated to print the first debt deal out of the Gulf, having launched price talk for a five-year, benchmark-sized sukuk.

Majid Al Futtaim appoints banks to manage $1bn sukuk

Four banks were chosen by Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Holding to manage its first Islamic bond issuance programme. The four banks are: Dubai Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, HSBC and Standard Chartered.
The proceeds are anticipated to fund expansion plans worth $2bn for malls and shopping centres in Lebanon, Egypt and Syria, alongside plans for a hypermarket in Erbil, Kurdistan.

Emirates NBD's Islamic unit eyes 5-year benchmark sukuk

Emirates Islamic Bank has agreed upon an initial price whisper in the area of 350 basis points over midswaps for its five-year sukuk.
The potential sharia-compliant transaction is being launched by Emirates Islamic Bank but is backed by its parent company ENBD.
Lead managers on the EIB deal are the following banks: National Bank of Abu Dhabi, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Citi, RBS and ENBD Capital.

Emirates Islamic selects banks for potential sukuk

National Bank of Abu Dhabi, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Citi, RBS and ENBD Capital were chosen by Emirates Islamic Bank (EIB) for a potential benchmark-sized dollar sukuk. EIB will began the investor meetings in Malaysia on January 5.

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