Qatar Islamic Bank

UPDATE 2-Qatar Islamic Bank plans $549 mln Tier 1 sukuk

Qatar Islamic Bank ( QIB ) plans to raise up to 2 billion riyals ($549.4 million) through a capital-boosting sukuk. Qatar's largest sharia-compliant institution by assets announced the sukuk after reporting fourth-quarter net profit that was up an estimate-beating 30.4 percent year on year. On Sunday QIB said that its board had proposed a Basel III-compliant Tier 1 sukuk worth up to 2 billion riyals, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval. QIB's total capital adequacy ratio, a combination of Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital, stood at 14 percent at the end of 2014, against a 12.5 percent minimum prescribed by Qatar's central bank.

QIB launches Walady child education plan

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has introduced a child education plan, Walady. It is a long-term savings and investment plan coupled with Takaful protection for the parent, and offers a return on contributions depending on the fund’s performance. Upon maturity of the contract, the outstanding value of the participant’s investment account is paid in a lump sum to take care of the education needs of the child; in the case of the early death of the parent, the amount of life cover is paid upfront to the nominee as per the terms and conditions of the contract; and in the event of the parent’s total disability, regular contributions will be paid until maturity of the plan subject to satisfying the claim conditions. Walady was underwritten by Medgulf Takaful.

UPDATE 1-Turkey's Bank Asya says exclusivity deal with QIB ends

Turkish Islamic lender Bank Asya said an exclusive deal with Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) to acquire a stake in the Turkish lender was annulled, opening the way for alternative suitors. QIB and Bank Asya have reportedly ended the talks after a disagreement over price. Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said on Wednesday that state-run Ziraat Bank, which is looking to launch its own Islamic banking unit, could buy Bank Asya. The bank's future looked dim after the authorities cancelled its tax collection and social security payment deals on Thursday - a sign according to observers that the government may be a step closer to winding down the lender.

QIB, Noor Bank, Warba Bank lead arrangers for $155m loan

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), Noor Bank and Warba Bank, the mandated lead arrangers, announced the successful closure of a $155m Shariah-compliant receivable backed syndicated financing facility for a UAE-based Jafza entity. The facility is a transaction that enabled the obligor to securitise its future receivables guaranteed by multinational oil and gas companies. Noor Bank acted as lead arranger and bookrunner for the facility besides its role as the account bank, documentation bank, Shariah-coordinator, as well as investment and security agent. The facility was designed to refinance existing debt and finance the company’s future capital expenditure.

Pro-Gülen Islamic lender denies ending sales talks with Qatari bank

Turkish Islamic lender Bank Asya has ruled out reports of ending share sales talks with Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB). Several reports on July 2 claimed Bank Asya and the QIB have ended exclusive talks regarding the QIB acquiring a stake in the Turkish lender after failing to agree on price. The reports also quoted sources claiming Turkish state-run bank Ziraat Bank may now be the most likely partner for Bank Asya, but the two banks have not officially begun negotiations. Ziraat Bank officials said there had not yet been any official attempts to move toward Bank Asya, but they did not deny the possibility of such an acquisition either. Meanwhile, on July 1, Bank Asya announced it has moved to sell assets worth around 133 million liras.

UPDATE 1-Turkey's Bank Asya, Qatar's QIB end exclusive talks over Asya stake sale-sources

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) and Turkey's Bank Asya have ended exclusive talks over QIB acquiring a stake in the Turkish lender, with valuation concerns said to be behind the decision. Turkish state bank Ziraat Bank may now be the most likely partner for Bank Asya but the two banks have not officially begun talks. It is not clear what size stake has been under discussion. Bank Asya shares slumped 9.9 percent to 1.36 lira, their lowest since April 1, by 1304 GMT, on the news that Asya was no longer holding exclusive talks with QIB. Islamic lender Bank Asya has been under pressure to sell assets, after major investors sympathetic to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan withdrew deposits.

QIB-UK offers property opportunities in London

QIB-UK, a subsidiary of Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), is offering real estate investment opportunities for premium clients looking to purchase properties in London. The bank’s network gives interested clients early access to residential real estate opportunities. They will enjoy privileged introductions to opportunities in the London real estate market both for buyers and investors alike. In addition, the bank offers a full suite of Shari’ah-compliant structured commercial real estate financing products including investment, residential development and mezzanine financing to clients.

Goldman Sachs to Advise Bank Asya on Qatar Stake Sale Talks

Asya Katilim Bankasi AS (ASYAB), the Turkish banks in talks to sell a stake to Qatar Islamic Bank, has hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS:US) as exclusive financial adviser on the deal. The Istanbul-based lender said in March that it was in exclusive talks with QIB for a strategic partnership, while the Doha-based bank said it was interested to take a stake in the lender. Bank Asya, in today’s filing, didn’t give more details. Bank Asya fell 2.9 percent to 1.66 liras at 10:35 a.m. in Istanbul. It’s gained about 14 percent this year.

Ziraat Bank eyes on Islamic Bank

State-owned Ziraat Bank has interest in buying the Islamic bank Bank Asya. Yet nothing is official just now, according to Ziraat Bank, a state owned bank. The move would allow Ziraat to enter the Islamic banking market. The Turkish government would also like to change the banks’ capital structure that is controlled by Gülen supporters. Bank Asya has been the subject of focus since the Turkish media reported that state-owned companies and institutional depositors loyal to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an had withdrawn around 4 billion Turkish Liras in the wake of the Dec. 17, 2013, graft probe.


Bank Asya, known for its close ties to the controversial Gülen Movement announced last month that it would sign a merger agreement with Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB). After announcing the prospective merger, Bank Asya's share in BIST, Turkey's stock market, rallied and increased by nearly 60 percent in one week. However, officials at the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) said they have not received any formal merger application from Bank Asya executives. Authorities said that Bank Asya is looking for assurances from the BDDK that the agency will approve the merger, otherwise the Qatari bank may not be willing to sit down at the negotiating table again. Whether or not the merger happens, the speculative news has negatively affected small investors.

Qatar Islamic Bank may buy share in Turkish Islamic lender Bank Asya

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire a stake in Turkey’s Bank Asya. QIB is seeking to finalise the transaction within the next few months, subject to obtaining the required regulatory approvals. The Qatari bank did not say what stake it might buy or disclose any other details. Bank Asya had said earlier it had started talks on a strategic partnership with QIB and planned to complete the process soon. It gave no further details. The Islamic bank has been in focus since state-owned companies and institutional depositors have reportedly withdrawn 4 billion lira ($1.8 billion), or some 20 percent of the bank’s total deposits. Bank Asya said it had weathered the mass deposit withdrawals and was not at risk.

Qatar Islamic Bank misses Q3 forecasts as profit drops 12.4 pct

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has reported a 12.4 percent drop in third-quarter net profit, missing analysts' average forecast. QIB posted a nine-month net profit of 975.1 million riyals, compared with 1.1 billion riyals for the same period last year. The third-quarter results, with a net profit of 345.1 million riyals ($94.8 million), missed the average forecast of eight analysts in a Reuters poll. QIB's total third-quarter income from financing and investing activity dropped to 738.4 million riyals from 773.8 million riyals a year earlier. Fee and commission income fell to 91.4 million riyals from 119.7 million riyals. QIB shares closed 0.3 percent lower on Sunday. They have fallen 9.7 percent year-to-date.

Qatar Islamic Bank assets grow faster than those of biggest rivals

Growth of Shariah-compliant banks in Qatar is poised to outpace that of the UAE lenders as borrowing rises amid $200bn in government spending for the 2022 soccer World Cup. Qatar's four Islamic lenders will almost double their asset base to $100bn by 2017, Standard & Poor's has said in a report. Last year, the assets of the largest Shariah-compliant bank in the country, Qatar Islamic Bank, grew five times faster than those of the biggest one in the UAE, Dubai Islamic Bank. Spending for the world's most-watched sporting event will spur lending for roads, stadiums and hotels.

Nakilat joint venture secures $662mn Islamic refinancing deal for its fleet expansion

Maran Nakilat Company, a joint venture between Nakilat and Maran Ventures, has secured $662.4mn Islamic refinancing. At a ceremony held in Doha, Maran Nakilat signed the Murabaha refinancing agreement with Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) and Barwa Bank. With the refinancing, Maran Nakilat will be able to expand its fleet of LNG carriers from four vessels to six, with the delivery of two new carriers scheduled for early 2014. At the same time, Nakilat has also increased its ownership of Maran Nakilat Company. Latham & Watkins advised Maran Nakilat on commercial and legal matters related to the refinancing, while Allen & Overy advised QIB and Barwa Bank.


Capital Intelligence affirms QIB's Financial Rating at 'A'

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has been affirmed by international credit rating agency, Capital Intelligence (CI), with a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of 'A'. This reflects the Bank's Islamic banking franchise, evidenced by substantial growth in financings and customer deposits, net financial income differential, and the Bank's capitalisation. In view of the Bank's intrinsic financial profile, Qatar's economic growth potential, and ongoing government support for all Qatari banks, the Bank's Long and Short Term Foreign Currency Ratings are affirmed at 'A' and 'A2', respectively, on Stable Outlook. Based on the strength of the Qatari government balance sheet, the Support Rating is affirmed at '2'.

QIB CEO Bassel Gamal Says No More Need for Sukuk Issues

Qatar Islamic Bank is not expecting to issue more Islamic bonds before 2014, according to its Chief Executive Officer Bassel Gamal. The CEO said that there seems to be enough liquidity currently. Last October, it tapped the bond market with a US$750 million five year sukuk bond issue. This is part of the overall sukuk programme of the bank valued at US$1.5 billion. Gamal added that local currency sukuks would be expected to be issued in the coming years. He also said that many countries encourage local issuances of sukuk, such as Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

QIB launches new Islamic product

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has launched its new investment product called International Sukuk Portfolio. It will be invested predominantly in global sukuks issued by sovereign, quasi-sovereign and corporate issuers using well defined investment guidelines and is designed to keep risk exposure under control. The portfolio will be managed by QIB’s subsidiary in the United Kingdom QIB-UK, which has experience in asset management. Since International Sukuk Portfolio is priced and available for trading on a weekly basis, liquidity will be ensured. The portfolio will be diversified across sukuk issuers, a wide sector split and a broad geographic allocation. Part of the profits will be distributed to investors on a quarterly basis.

QIB records QR1.24bn profit in 2012

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) has charted out a five-year global investments strategy to help anchor the Bank’s position as an Islamic financial institution of international stature. According to the Bank Chairman Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, QIB seeks innovation and diversification of its credit portfolio, support for small and medium enterprises, expansion of foreign investments, and maximisation of total profits. QIB recorded a net profit of QR1.24bn for the year 2012. Growth was also registered in other financial positions, such as total assets, customer deposits and total income.

Bassel Gamal is CEO of QIB

Bassel Gamal was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB). Mr. Gamal is well grounded in banking and finance, and has had experience in several institutions and positions. He will assume his office next month.

Qatar Islamic Bank 2012 Profit Drops 9.5% on Higher Provisions

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIBK) registered a decline of 9.5% in terms of profit last year. Meanwhile, the biggest Shariah-compliant lender in the country raised provisions against bad loans. According to a recent statement, the net income was 1.24 billion riyals ($341 million). In comparison to that, it was 1.37 billion riyals in 2011. Estimations of seven analysts pointed at a profit of 1.46 billion riyals. In 2012 the bank raised provisions from 194 million riyals in 2011 to 502 million riyals.

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