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MENA Borrowers Weight Costs and Benefits of Debut DCM Deals as Appetite for Funding Diversification Grows

CFOs and Treasurers from across the region are looking at ways to diversify their funding base and reduce their dependence on the region’s deep-pocketed lenders, with the debt capital markets – which has grown leaps and bounds over the past decade – looking increasingly likely to be the dominant means of doing so. But how to shift internal cultures around disclosure, engage new investors, and…

20 Feb 2020

Middle East Islamic Finance CFO Insights

IMF Warns Argentina Bond Holders That Haircuts May be "Unavoidable"

The Fund held a series of “productive” meetings with Argentine officials in Buenos Aires, commending the overall efforts to restore growth and reduce poverty, but signalled that write-offs will be inevitable.

20 Feb 2020

Dar Al Arkan Sees Strong Demand for USD400mn Sukuk

Saudi-based real estate developer Dar Al Arkan raised USD400mn this week, selling 7-year sukuk in the first deal out of the Kingdom since the sovereign and Samba group hit the market in January.

20 Feb 2020

Kenya Announces Plans to Streamline Building Approval Processes

Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Housing & Urban Development, Charles Hinga, announced plans this week to harmonise building fees and approval processes for buildings throughout the country. The move is intended to cut costs for developers, spur the growth of affordable housing, and stimulate investor participation in the sector.

20 Feb 2020

Webinars

Webinar: What are the top themes likely to dominate emerging market investing in 2020?

Mark Mobius, Director of Mobius Capital Partners gives his outlook for 2020

2 Jan 2020

Webinar: An Asian investor's outlook for Turkish and GCC credit in Q4 and beyond

We caught up with Todd Schubert, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Research, Bank of Singapore in advance of the Issuers & Investors Forum in Singapore to get his views on how Asian investors view Turkish and GCC credit.

10 Dec 2019

Webinar: Between The Spread: 2008 Financial Crisis - 10 Years On

In this exclusive Bonds & Loans webinar we chat to Brad Tank, CIO of Neuberger Berman, on the aftermath of the biggest financial crisis the world faced in the past 30 years - and where the global markets are ten years on.

10 Oct 2018

Macro Analysis

Turkey Delays Structural Reforms in Favour of Credit Fuelled Recovery – Chatham House

Despite a strong recovery since the economic crisis of 2018, Turkey is not out of the woods yet. Binging on cheap credit may have pulled the economy out of recession for now, stimulating key sectors and driving consumption, but it leaves the lira vulnerable, according to a recent report by Fadi Hakura, Turkey Specialist and Manager of the Turkey Project at Chatham House.

20 Feb 2020

Angola’s Minister of Finance on Privatisations, Following Through on Free Trade, and Managing the Tricky Balance between Economic Diversification and Oil Dependence

While João Lourenço’s government continues to dominate the headlines - for highly visible corruption indictments against his predecessor José Eduardo dos Santos, his family, and associates - Vera Daves de Sousa, Angola’s young and resolutely optimistic Minister of Finance, is working hard behind the scenes to chart a more financially sustainable path for the country following years of economic…

13 Feb 2020

Securitisations Could Help South Africa-Based Financials Overcome Ratings Challenges and Liquidity Issues

South African lenders could lean on securitisations to help address credit ratings pressures and a lack of liquidity in the banking sector, but key bottlenecks need to be addressed by regulators before the sector can really take advantage of them, according to Gill Raine, a senior policy advisor at The Association for Savings & Investment South Africa (ASISA) and veteran banker.

12 Feb 2020

Latin America 2020: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Take a good look at Latin America’s 21 countries today, and one quickly concludes that this is not a region moving in unison but rather a patchwork of divergent political and economic motors firing at different speeds, taking each in different directions. Rarely has it been this challenging to analyze Latin America as a whole, so it seems appropriate to showcase Latin America’s differences…

11 Feb 2020

CEO CFO Insights

MENA Borrowers Weight Costs and Benefits of Debut DCM Deals as Appetite for Funding Diversification Grows

CFOs and Treasurers from across the region are looking at ways to diversify their funding base and reduce their dependence on the region’s deep-pocketed lenders, with the debt capital markets – which has grown leaps and bounds over the past decade – looking increasingly likely to be the dominant means of doing so. But how to shift internal cultures around disclosure, engage new investors, and…

20 Feb 2020

Sovcombank Sees Opportunities in Russia’s National Projects, Retail, and Green Finance

A number of large Russian banks were briefly teetering on the edge three years ago, as the industry was hit by a wave of bankruptcies and bad headlines. What followed was a five-year cleanse of the sector by the Central Bank and affiliated government agencies, and those lenders that came out unscathed at the end of it are now reaping the benefits of a less crowded and more stable industry. One of…

14 Feb 2020

Angola’s Minister of Finance on Privatisations, Following Through on Free Trade, and Managing the Tricky Balance between Economic Diversification and Oil Dependence

While João Lourenço’s government continues to dominate the headlines - for highly visible corruption indictments against his predecessor José Eduardo dos Santos, his family, and associates - Vera Daves de Sousa, Angola’s young and resolutely optimistic Minister of Finance, is working hard behind the scenes to chart a more financially sustainable path for the country following years of economic…

13 Feb 2020

Termocandelaria CEO, CFO on Colombia’s Rising Energy Capacity, Funding Plans, and Importance of ESG for Renewables Companies

In January 2019 Termocandelaria, the largest non-hydro power generation company in Colombia tapped the international capital markets for the first time with a USD410mn offering of 7.875% senior notes due 2029, marking the first corporate high-yield bond out of Latin America that year. A year on to the day, Termocandelaria re-tapped its existing bond for a further USD186mn at an impressive 110% of…

6 Feb 2020

Investor Insights

Kenya Announces Plans to Streamline Building Approval Processes

Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Housing & Urban Development, Charles Hinga, announced plans this week to harmonise building fees and approval processes for buildings throughout the country. The move is intended to cut costs for developers, spur the growth of affordable housing, and stimulate investor participation in the sector.

20 Feb 2020

Ashmore: Quantifying EM Sovereign Fair Value

It is tough to beat the long-term risk-adjusted returns of Emerging Markets (EM) sovereign debt. The asset class has consistently delivered steady performance even during poor macroeconomic environments for EM economies. On a forward-looking basis, a simple quantitative analysis demonstrates investors receive six to ten times more spread over US Treasury than the actual default risk embedded in…

19 Feb 2020

BBH: EM Preview for the Week Ahead

Risk-off sentiment intensified last week. Near-term, we think EM is likely to remain under pressure until the full impact of the coronavirus is better known. On top of this, there is broad-based dollar strength. Besides the safe haven flows, the US outlook remains very strong. Taken in conjunction with the recent weak data out of Germany, France, and Japan, it’s clear that the US economy…

10 Feb 2020

Deal Case Studies

Dar Al Arkan Sees Strong Demand for USD400mn Sukuk

Saudi-based real estate developer Dar Al Arkan raised USD400mn this week, selling 7-year sukuk in the first deal out of the Kingdom since the sovereign and Samba group hit the market in January.

20 Feb 2020

Ghana Raises USD3bn Across Three Tranches – Including SSA’s Longest-Dated Eurobond

Ghana raised USD3bn across 7, 15, and 41-year notes this week, the region’s longest-dated bond issuance to date and a major milestone for the country.

6 Feb 2020

Eastern European and Turkish Bond Market Activity Picks Up, Driven by Bank Issues

An FI bond’s record price tightening, a new issuer from the CIS, a USD-denominated perp from a major Russian lender and three Turkish issues have blown the CEEMEA bond markets wide open.

5 Feb 2020

Province of Buenos Aires Blinks on Debt Repayment, Catching Some Investors Off-Guard

The Province of Buenos Aires said this week that it would make a payment on its January 2021 bonds after failing to reach an agreement with enough creditors on extending a delay, which came as a positive surprise to observers and creditors owed some USD3bn in payments due this year.

5 Feb 2020

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