CIMB Group Holdings

CIMB expects sovereigns to issue green Islamic bonds in 2018

CIMB Group Holdings expects sovereigns to issue 'green' Islamic bonds for the first time this year. CEO Rafe Haneef said about 3 to 5 sovereign sukuk issues are exptected to come to market this year and some of them will be green issuances. Corporates are also eyeing green sukuk issuances. Green bonds are a growing category of fixed-income securities, raising capital for projects with environmental benefits. Rafe says more and more investors are allocating funds for socially responsible investments (SRI) and Islamic bond issuers could benefit from that. He expects the total number of Islamic bond issuances this year to be slightly higher than last year, driven mainly by infrastructure bonds in Southeast Asia. He expects some new issuers to enter the sukuk market, saying state-owned enterprises from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar were possibilities.

Nazir takes leave of absence saying ‘Reputation of the bank my priority’

Chairman of CIMB Group Holdings, Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, is taking leave of absence to facilitate the review of the bank’s anti-money laundering processes. Earlier this month, Nazir was identified as one of the persons whom his brother, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, had assigned the task of disbursing US$7mil (RM27.2mil) in the run-up to the 2013 general election. The review is expected to be complete in a few weeks, by which time the board of directors will decide whether Nazir will maintain his positions in the group.

HSBC’s Rafe expected to helm CIMB Islamic

CIMB Group Holdings Bhd is expected to appoint Rafe Haneef, who currently heads HSBC Amanah Malaysia Bhd, as the new chief executive officer of its Islamic banking arm CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd. It is understood that Rafe has tendered his resignation, after almost five years of helming the foreign Islamic lender. The appointment is still in the process of getting Bank Negara Malaysia’s approval. CIMB Islamic Bank has been without a captain ever since Badlisyah Abdul Ghani resigned as its CEO and board member in July. CIMB Islamic Bank then appointed Mohd Shafri Shahul Hamid as the person in charge of the bank while it looked for a new CEO.

CIMB Islamic CEO quitting adds to 1MDB cloud over sukuk sales

The resignation of Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, the chief executive officer of CIMB Group Holdings Bhd’s Islamic unit, added to clouds over Malaysia’s sukuk market, amid a probe into a state investment company and a renewed global commodity rout. He said that he resigned “to explore new opportunities”, declining to comment on speculation the decision was related to the investigation of 1Malaysia Development Bhd. CIMB, Malaysia’s lead Islamic bond underwriter for the past eight years, will now have to find and groom a replacement just as sukuk sales in the world’s biggest market dropped 36% in 2015 to a five-year low. Political uncertainty caused by the probes, falling commodity prices and a looming US interest-rate increase may deter issuers.

CIMB plans first collateralised sukuk

CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. plans to sell a sukuk backed by a pool of loans, becoming the world’s first Islamic bank to sell the type of collateralised debt that contributed to the global financial crisis. The Malaysian lender is seeking to raise RM1 billion (US$275 million) from an offering of five-year notes this quarter, CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd.’s Chief Executive Officer Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said. The securitized debt will diversify funding options in the Islamic finance industry. CIMB Islamic’s new notes will be sold via private placement to investors who are comfortable with this type of security, CEO Badlisyah added.

Plan B for mega-Islamic bank

Weak economic conditions scuppered plans for a tie-up of Malaysia’s CIMB Group Holdings Bhd with RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd (MBSB). It would have created Southeast Asia’s fourth-largest bank with assets of US$190 billion (RM692.63 billion). MBSB, a non-bank lender and the smallest of the three firms, is now studying a plan to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic lender. It said last week it would convert existing conventional financial products into Islamic ones while introducing new ones to close the gap with competitors. Meanwhile, both CIMB and RHB Capital have established, domestically focused, Islamic units.

Mega bank merger plan hailed

Former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin expressed his support for the mega merger of CIMB Group Holdings, RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd, saying when he was in office, he suggested that Malaysia only needs four banks. Banks need a large capital base to compete globally and this could be achieved through mergers, said Daim. Moreover, Daim said that he was confident that the Vision 2020 would be achieved, with proper planning and hard work. However, he said, a high income nation need not necessarily mean a developed nation. In order to become the latter, the country needs to prioritise quality education and technological advancements.

Malaysian prime minister backs idea of creating Islamic mega bank

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said that he backed the idea of creating a large stand-alone Islamic bank, in order to develop a global footprint for Islamic finance and position it as an alternative to conventional banking. A proposed merger between Malaysia's CIMB Group Holdings Bhd and two smaller peers would create a sharia-compliant bank with the financial clout and regional scope that has so far been absent in the industry. Such consolidation would be positive for Malaysia's banking sector, although the government will not press for a deal and will leave the decision entirely up to the shareholders, Razak said.

Mega Islamic bank will boost Islamic finance growth, says expert

The creation of a mega Islamic bank will push Malaysian banks to look beyond local shores should the proposed merger of CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd materialise. While the local market for Islamic finance remains lucrative, banks should not be content to remain in the local market as a market downturn could cause a reversal of fortunes. Low risk tolerance is why local banks are not expanding their reach overseas. Some attempts thus far to go abroad have been on a partnership basis contributing knowledge and technical expertise. In addition, local banks’ issuance of Islamic sukuk in the international arena is still low relative to international banks.

EPF says has right to vote on merger of RHB Capital, CIMB Group

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) stressed it has the right to vote on the proposed merger between RHB Capital Bhd (RHBCap) and CIMB Group Holdings Bhd as it is the major shareholders of both entities. The pension fund’s chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan reminded that it has the interests of 14 million members at stake. Some within the board of RHBCap were against allowing the pension fund to vote in the merger deal. The dissented parties thought that it was “inconceivable” that the EPF had not been engaged in prior discussions relating to the proposed merger between RHBCap and CIMB in which the pension fund holds a 41.34% and 14.46% stake respectively.

Zeti: Mega Islamic bank creation must fulfill objective

The creation of a mega Islamic bank must fulfill the objectives of being able to undertake international business and facilitate cross border financial flows, said Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz. She said that such a mega bank must also be able to support international trade and cross border investment activity. She was responding to a question about the license for the proposed mega Islamic bank as a result of a merger between CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd. Dr Zeti said Bank Negara wanted to see the internationalisation and enhancement of Malaysia’s financial and economic connectivity with other countries.

RHB Cap, CIMB, MBSB plan to form mega Islamic bank

CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, RHB Capital and Malaysia Building Society (MBSB) have received Bank Negara Malaysia's approval to start merger talks which would result in the creation of a mega Islamic bank. They announced in a joint statement on Thursday that under the corporate exercise, the proposal was to merge the businesses of both RHB and CIMB. The corporate exercise included plans to create an enlarged Islamic banking franchise with MBSB. The three parties have entered into a 90-day exclusivity agreement to negotiate and finalise pricing, structure, and other relevant terms and conditions for a proposed merger.

CIMB sells stake in takaful, insurance firms to Khazanah

According to a statement by CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, the sale of its 49% stakes worth RM1.11 billion in CIMB Aviva Assurance Bhd and CIMB Aviva Takaful Bhd to Khazanah Nasional Bhd has been completed. The life insurance and takaful companies stake sales are satisfied by RM1.06 billion in cash combined with RM43.5 million worth of shares in a new insurance holding company called Renggis Ventures Sdn Bhd. The latter s wholly-owned by Khazanah. To sum up, CIMB will maintain an effective 2% interest in CIMB Aviva Assurance and CIMB Aviva Takaful respectively.

HSBC tops list of banks for Islamic bond, loan issuance

CIMB Group Holdings Bhd received its underwriting for global and local sukuk issuance fall in 2012. Meanwhile, the market share of HSBC Bank plc grew significantly during the same period. The total issuance for global sukuk of CIMB fell from US$7.77 billion in 2011 to US$6.21 billion (RM18.82 billion). As a result, its ranking dropped to second place and its market share eased to 12% from 17.7% in 2012. HSBC reached first place with total global issuance increasing to US$11.35 billion from US$4.88 billion in 2011. Its market share rosealmost double to 21.9% from 11.1% in 2011.

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