The launch of the first online bank in Saudi Arabia will be announced on Friday evening. Manama-based Gulf International Bank will be launching the new bank, which will reportedly be an “online-only” service, with customers making deposits and transfers online and checks to be deposited via self-service machines at branches to be opened across the Kingdom. Customers will meet with an employee from the bank only once, when they register for a new account. The service will be open to individuals only. Despite having relatively low penetration rates for Internet banking, the Gulf region has great potential to assimilate new online banking services due to the high Internet penetration rates.
Eiger Trading launched the first ever fully-automated, Shariah-compliant 24/7 Commodity Murabaha platform, in conjunction with Gulf International Bank’s (GIB) KSA retail arm, under the ‘Meem’ brand name. This fully-automated Islamic e-banking solution offers 24/7 online personal finance and deposits to retail clients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Eiger and GIB’s combined technology provides online customers with a 24/7 real-time mechanism for executing Shariah-compliant transactions, using commodities all of which are located and deliverable within the Kingdom.
Bahrain-based Gulf International Bank (GIB) has announced the successful completion of a senior unsecured two billion Saudi riyal ($533 million) five-year floating rate notes issuance. The notes were issued at a spread of 72.5 basis points above three-month Saudi Arabia Interbank Offered Rate (SAIBOR). The order book was more than 1.7 times oversubscribed, reaching more than 3.4bn riyals from investors. The joint lead managers and book runners for the offering were GIB Capital, NCB Capital Company, Samba Capital and Investment Management Company and Saudi Fransi Capital. The primary shareholder in GIB is the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.
Gulf International Bank (GIB) communicates the successful pricing and closing of a three-year $300 million Sukuk-al-Murabaha private placement with a profit rate of 6-month USD LIBOR + 130 bps on a semi-annual basis.
The Sukuk will mature on 7 December 2014. It was successfully placed with a number of institutional investors, with J.P. Morgan acting as Sole Manager of the placement.
The US$ 100 million Sukuk for The Building Materials Company has been successfully arranged and paid for in full on its Maturity date 18 October, 2011. Kuwait Finance House, Liquidity Management Centre, Gulf International Bank and Standard Bank underwrote the sukuk.
The Sukuk was supported by building material factories which supplied an over-collateralization and an added security for all Sukuk holders. It offered a semi-annual return of 100 basis points over US Dollar 6 months LIBOR.
The $100 million sukuk for the Building Materials Company has been successfully resolved and paid for in full on its maturity date on October 18.
The statement was given by the arrangers and lead managers, Kuwait Finance House (KFH), Liquidity Management Centre, Gulf International Bank, and Standard Bank.
Arab National Bank (ANB) in cooperation with Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji), Banque Saudi Fransi and Gulf International Bank funded a 2 years facility for Zain KSA which has the purpose to refinance and upsize an existing US$ 585 million facility.