JPMorgan, HSBC, Citigroup Said to Be Hired on #Saudi Dollar #Sukuk

Saudi Arabia hired Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and HSBC as global coordinators on its international Islamic bond sale. The kingdom also picked Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas among others as lead managers for the sale. The sukuk could come as soon as this month. Saudi secretary-general of the Finance Committee, Mohammad Al Tuwaijri, announced in December the kingdom's plans to raise between $10 billion and $15 billion from international bond markets in 2017 and sell about 70 billion riyals locally. The world’s biggest oil exporter is considering international and domestic debt issues to help finance its budget deficit.

When Will Our Justice Department Jail the Criminal Bankers?

Big-time criminals engaging in major financial crimes that effectively involve the theft of billions of dollars from the public aren’t being prosecuted. Today we learned of yet another huge settlement by five of the largest banks operating in our country. The list includes JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland UBS. Each of these banks admitted to engaging in criminal activity. But banks don’t commit crimes. People working for banks commit crime. And when people working for banks commit crime, it’s the responsibility of our Justice Department to indict them.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank shortlisted to buy Citi's Egypt Operations

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank said Sunday it has been shortlisted as a buyer for Citigroup 's Egypt retail business in what is set to be a heated battle to tap into one of the world's fastest growing economies. Mashreq and Emirates NBD are also reportedly bidding to buy Citi 's Egypt consumer banking network. Whoever wins this will have an advantage because Citibank has a good portfolio of clients, they have more than 100,000 credit cards, Tirad Al Mahmoud, ADIB's chief executive, said. Citi , which has also dropped its retail banking businesses in Turkey, Romania, Greece and Pakistan, has said it sees potential in other booming economies such as in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sukuk pipeline

Pakistan's Ministry of Finance selected Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank and Standard Chartered as bookrunners for a U.S. dollar sukuk issue. An official said; the tenor of the bond and the format would be decided soon

Citigroup scales Gulf bond tables without Saudi boost

Citigroup is the third largest bond underwriter in the Gulf region this year, up from fourth a year earlier and 19th in 2011. It’s also the fourth-largest arranger of syndicated loans, up from 11th last year. Citigroup is relying on the UAE and Qatar for lending as rivals including JPMorgan & Chase Co and Deutsche Bank AG expand in Saudi, the region’s biggest economy. However, the bank’s reliance on UAE debt may bear some risks. The spread between bonds from Saudi Arabia and UAE notes widened to 323 points on August 7, the highest since April 2009. UAE yields have risen 128 basis points this year. Besides, Citigroup is also expanding elsewhere in the Middle East. The bank in June got Iraqi approval to open an office in Baghdad. Iraq is the New York-based bank’s first country opening for six years and comes as CEO Michael Corbat seeks to sell or scale back consumer operations in nations such as Turkey, Pakistan and Uruguay, reversing an expansion strategy into faster-growing economies by former CEO Vikram Pandit.

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) launches Al Islami FlexiBeta Dirham Certificate

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has announced the launch of the Al Islami FlexiBeta Dirham Certificate, a two-year Islamic certificate, providing investors with exposure to either emerging market equities or gold, depending on market conditions. The Certificate is issued by Oasis Certificate Programme Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle that has been set up and sponsored by Citigroup to provide investors with a wide range of customised Shari'ah-compliant investment solutions. The certificate uses a framework comprising of observation of recent price trends and a forward looking risk indicator to adjust allocation between two asset classes, equities and gold. Investors will enjoy a capital protection without tying all their capital for the whole investment period. They will receive 90% of their total investment within two weeks of the issue date, with returns based on the full investment amount. The certificate is denominated in UAE dirhams with a minimum investment of AED 100,000.

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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KFH issues $1.5b 'sukuk' for Turkey

Kuwait Finance House has issued $1.5 bln sukuk for Turkey in cooperation with Citigroup and HSBC. It is the first issuance of this kind for the Government of Turkey. The expectations of the financing are high due to high amount of potential investors (altogether 250) that have been attracted by newly-issued sukuk. This fact confirms not only the great confidence of investors to Turkish economy, but also the confidence of global markets in sukuk products.

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Turkey takes first steps to Sukuk

According to a statement by the Undersecretariat of the Treasury in Turkey, Citigroup, HSBC and Liquidity House have been mandated to investigate opportunities concerning the issuance of a Lease Certificate in the international capital markets. For this purpose numerous road shows for the Sukuk are planned and will be held in financial centres across the Middle East and Asia. The show will take place in the period 10-13 September. The Sukuk is supposed to be dollar-denominated and issued in the week of 17 September.

EIB completes issuance of $500m sukuk certificates

Emirates Islamic Bank (EIB) has successfully ended the issuance of $500 million sukuk certificates, maturing in 2017 off their $1,000 million Trust Certificate Issuance Programme. The programme is guaranteed by Emirates NBD rated A3 by Moody's and A+ by Fitch.
Joint lead managers and bookrunners on the transactionwere following banks: Citigroup, Emirates NBD Capital, HSBC Bank Plc, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Royal Bank of Scotland Plc and Standard Chartered Bank. The transaction structure was a Sukuk Al Musharaka based on Sharikat Al Melk (Co-ownership), with the certificates remaining a senior obligation of EIB.

Tamweel hire banks for likely bond sales

Tamweel hired banks for a possible bond sale as it looking for financing to repay liabilities and increase lending. The shares presented a jumprecord in a month.
Citigroup, Standard Chartered and Dubai Islamic Bank will make appointments for investor meetings in Asia, Europe and the United Arab Emirates.
Tamweel plans to raise at least $300 million to $500 million from Islamic bond sale in the fourth quarter.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank up on sale roadshow

It seems that Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (Adib) rose the most in three months, as the country's second-biggest Sharia-compliant lender continued with its roadshow to sell a $500 million five-year sukuk.
The sale will be oragnized by Citigroup, HSBC Holdings, Standard Chartered, Nomura and National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

Bahrain hires international banks for $1 Billion sukuk sale

The banks that will advise the sukuk sale of Bahrain are: Citigroup, BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered. This is chasing Bahrain's government raising the public debt ceiling by BD1bn ($2.65bn) to BD3.5bn.


Bank Negara launches landmark Islamic note as Malaysia starts road show for sukuk

Because of the recent launch by Bank Negara Malaysia of its new Islamic monetary management instrument, the Bank Negara Monetary Notes-Istithmar (BNMN-Istithmar), the attention of the global Islamic capital market is once again on Malaysia.
It seems that at the same time, the Malaysian government has appointed the local Maybank Group, the CIMB Group, Citigroup and HSBC to lead arrange a third global sovereign US dollar sukuk offering.

Dubai sovereign wealth fund ICD agrees US$2.8 billion loan

Dubai's ICD sovereign wealth fund has launched its largest loan since its financial crisis, containing a US$2.8 billion, five-year loan refinancing.
The leaders of an Islamic tranche will be: Dubai Islamic Bank and Standard Chartered, while Citigroup, Emirates Bank and HSBC Bank have been appointed to co-ordinate a conventional tranche.

IDB targets more sukuk issuances and mega interbank bank in 2011

THE Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank will be preoccupied with two developments in 2011 apart from its established plan of action. This is the progress toward the launch of its mega bank project and the other is the continuation of its trust certificate (sukuk) program.
The mega bank project was promoted by Saleh Kamel, head of Dallah Albaraka Group, who has been trying to get it launched for the last few years. But his failure to get the project started off through the support of both government and private investors saw the project somehow passed on to the IDB. The plan is to launch a mega bank that will effectively be an Islamic Interbank bank, with the aim of providing short-term liquidity to the global Islamic banking market and of promoting the trading of sukuk in the secondary market by acting as a market maker.
CIMB of Malaysia, Citigroup, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank acted as joint lead managers and joint book-runners, and NCB Capital of Saudi Arabia acted as co-lead manager for this transaction. The success of IDB's transaction was underpinned by a comprehensive international road show covering Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Citigroup Sees Sukuk Demand Recovery in a Year: Islamic Finance

Demand for Islamic bonds from the Middle East will return to “pre-crisis” levels by the end of the third quarter as companies restructure debt and higher yields lure investors, according to Citigroup Inc.
Shariah-compliant bond sales from the Persian Gulf are rising after Dubai World, the state-owned holding company, reached an agreement with 99 percent of its creditors in September to change terms on $24.9 billion of debt. Economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa will accelerate to 5 percent in 2011 from 3.8 percent this year and 1.1 percent in 2009.

Citigroup Plans More Sukuk Sales From Turkey After Kuveyt Turk Bond Issue

Citigroup plans to arrange more sales of Islamic bonds, or sukuk, from Turkey after managing a $100 million issue for Kuveyt Turk Katilim Bankasi AS, an executive at the company said. Citigroup and Liquidity Management House, a unit of Kuwait Finance House KSC which is the owner of Kuveyt Turk, acted as arrangers in Kuveyt Turk’s sukuk sales, the first in Turkey after regulators allowed companies to offer Islamic bonds in April.

Citigroup plans more Islamic bond sales from Turkey; in talks with other sellers

Citigroup plans to arrange more sales of Islamic bonds, or sukuk, from Turkey. Citigroup is having talks with other potential sellers of Shariah-compliant debt in the country, said Hulusi Horozoglu, director of global Islamic banking at Citigroup, in an e-mailed response to questions. Turkey’s government is considering selling sukuk “in the future,” Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said in an interview.

Pakistan, Cagamas, Indonesia Plan Issuance: Islamic Bond Alert

The following borrowers are expected to sell Islamic bonds:

TURKEY: Citigroup Inc. plans to arrange more sales of Islamic bonds from Turkey after managing a $100 million issue for Kuveyt Turk Katilim Bankasi AS, said Hulusi Horozoglu, director of global Islamic banking at Citigroup.

PAKISTAN: The South Asian country plans to sell sukuk maturing in a year or less in the domestic market by the end of this month, according to an e-mailed statement from Syed Wasimuddin, a spokesman for State Bank of Pakistan, the nation’s central bank.

CAGAMAS BHD.: Malaysia’s national mortgage company plans to sell more Islamic bonds this month following a sale in August under its 5 billion ringgit ($1.6 billion) sukuk program, the Business Times reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the proposal.

INDONESIA: plans to sell 2 trillion rupiah ($224 million) of Islamic bonds by private placement this year, said Rahmat Waluyanto, a director at the Ministry of Finance.

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