Al-Rajhi Bank

Al-Rajhi Bank funds education centres for underprivileged children

Al-Rajhi Bank (Malaysia) provided RM325,000 in funding today to two education centres under the management of Yayasan Salam. The centres are the Taska Baitul Amal and Pusat Jagaan Baitul Amal, and the funding was under the bank's corporate social responsibility (CSR) Baitul Amal Children's Programme which provides for 70 children from the ages of two months to six years. Roseta Mohd Jaafar, Al-Rajhi Bank's vice-president and head of corporate communications said the programme was geared towards helping underprivileged children in the Jalan Chow Kit area. Registered under the Social Welfare Department, the Taska Baitul Amal was officially launched on July 19, 2010 and the Pusat Jagaan Baitul Amal on January 2, 2012.

Al-Rajhi Bank posts SR1.72bn net profit in Q3

Al-Rajhi Bank said third-quarter net profit fell 8.1 percent. The bank made SR1.72 billion ($458.6 million) in the three months to September 30, compared with SR1.87 billion in the same period a year earlier. Al-Rajhi attributed the fall in net profit to a decrease in operating income, which dipped 4.6 percent compared to the corresponding period of 2012. It did not elaborate further. Al-Rajhi's loans and advances at the end of the third quarter stood at SR185 billion, gaining 12 percent on the same point of 2012. Its total assets were worth SR273 billion at the end of the third quarter, up 10 percent on the corresponding point in 2012.

Al-Rajhi Bank posts SR 2.05 bn net profit

Announcing its interim consolidated financial results ended March 31, 2013, Al-Rajhi Bank stated that its net profit during the first quarter is SR 2.05 billion, representing an increase of 2 percent compared with the corresponding quarter of previous year. Total operating income for Q1 is SR 3.53 billion compared to SR 3.43 billion for the corresponding quarter of previous year, representing an increase of 3 percent. Net profit from financing and investments increased by 3.5 percent. Earning per share for the three months is SR 1.37 compared to SR 1.34 for the same period of previous year. The reason for the rise in profits in the current quarter compared with the same period of previous year is due to higher income from operation income.

APICORP raises SR2.5bn from four Saudi banks

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) successfully closed a three-year SR2.5 billion ($667 million) syndicated Shariah-compliant facility from four leading Saudi Arabian banks on competitive market terms.
The purpose of the facility is the retaining and increasing of its medium term funding.
Mandated lead arrangers for the facility will be leading Saudi banks Riyad Bank, Al-Rajhi Bank, Banque Saudi Fransi and The Saudi British Bank, while Riyad Bank will perform the role of Murabaha Facility Agent.

Investment Dar restructuring process under way

The Investment Dar Company stated that the investors' coordination and liaison committee has been concluded.
The committee will mediate with the company at regular face-to-face meetings, establish regular reporting processes and will assign a qualified individual to be the first contact point for all TID banks and investors to disseminate information.
Some of the members of this committee are: Al-Rajhi Bank, Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait, and Arab Banking Corporation.

JIB continues to maintain dominance

The dominant market position of Jordan Islamic Bank is likely to remain uncontested for the foreseeable future, enabling the bank to sustain its business expansion. This was the conclusion made recently by Cyprus-based Capital Intelligence, the credit-rating agency that specializes in emerging markets.
Despite the entry of an increased number of Gulf Cooperation Council-based Islamic banks, including Al-Rajhi Bank and Dubai Islamic Bank, in the domestic Islamic banking market, Jordan Islamic Bank (JIB) continues to control a substantial share of Shariah-compliant financing and deposits in Jordan.

Al-Rajhi Bank Forms Strategic Partnership With as-Salihin

Rajhi Bank has formed a strategic partnership with as-Salihin Trustee Bhd for distribution of Islamic Estate Planning Services (IEP). as-Salihin as a trust company will offer its knowledge and expertise in the IEP industry.

Saudi shares fall on bank loan provisions

Saudi Arabian shares fell for a fourth day after banks in the kingdom reported lower third- quarter profit on provisions for bad loans.
Saudi banks have been hurt since the onset of the global credit crisis as provisions for bad loans rose and lending slowed after the Saad and Algosaibi business groups defaulted on at least US$15.7 billion of loans. Saudi British Bank, the lender 40% owned by HSBC Holdings Plc, Al-Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia’s biggest by market value, and Arab National Bank were among 10 out of the 11 banks in the nation that reported a decline in third-quarter profit last week.
The country’s banks will be required to make 100% provisions against non-performing loans, central bank Governor Muhammad al-Jasser said in an interview shown on Dubai-based Al Arabiya television on October 12.

New opportunities on horizon for JIB

From being a small and unimportant Islamic bank established in 1978 and under the loyal and unbroken stewardship of the seasoned General Manager Musa Shihadeh, Jordan Islamic Bank (JIB) has, over the last three decades transformed itself into the largest Islamic lender and the third largest domestic bank in Jordan. This is by all standards impressive given that JIB's main competitor in the market is the mighty Arab Bank Group, one of the largest banks in the Middle East and which has its own dedicated Arab International Islamic Bank.
The Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Jordan have given the go-ahead for Al-Rajhi Bank in Jordan to explore the possibility of issuing a sukuk. Assuming that the Treasury and the central bank are working on introducing enabling legislation for sukuk origination and listing in Jordan, this would open up new avenues of raising finance and investments for the likes of JIB.

Kuwait saturated with Islamic banks, cenbank head says

Sheikh Salem Abdul Aziz Al Sabah told Arabic language daily Al Seyassah that there were five Kuwaiti Islamic lenders registered with the central bank and five conventional banks. Saudi Arabia's Al-Rajhi Bank, one of the biggest Islamic lenders in the Gulf, also operates in Kuwait. Independent analyst Ali al-Nimesh said while the current view of saturation may be accurate, demand could pick up in coming years.

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