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Bahrain has hired banks to help it raise fresh funding in what could be a crucial test for junk-rated sovereigns.
7 May 2020
Lebanon is a step closer on the path towards economic reform, as the government agrees to approach the IMF for support. Hezbollah finally withdrew their opposition to the country requesting funds from the multilateral, which could help the struggling economy, but other political spats risk delyaing the process.
5 May 2020
Indonesia’s national airline Garuda may struggle to restructure a sukuk due next month as the sheer number of debt holders throws the possibility of gaining a representative credit committee consensus into question.
5 May 2020
Saudi central bank reserve assets fell by around USD24bn in March, according official data. Accounting for non-reserve holdings, net foreign assets fell by just under USD27bn throughout the month.
4 May 2020
Plummeting oil prices resulting from a drop-off in global demand and a simmering price war with Moscow has put a severe strain on Saudi Aramco’s balance sheet in the short-term. But in looking further ahead, the company appears well-placed the weather the current storm.
1 May 2020
While governments and multilateral agencies announce a raft of measures to support businesses, banks, and individuals, UAE-based CFOs and treasurers batten down the hatches as focus shifts towards liquidity management, supplier support, and cost reduction.
29 Apr 2020
Binladin International Holding Group is said to be moving ahead with an ambitious USD15bn debt restructuring that once complete could pave the way for its return to the forefront of the Saudi construction sector.
27 Apr 2020
Authorities in Dubai and Saudi Arabia are to begin easing lockdown measures, although most restrictions on group gatherings remain in place.
27 Apr 2020
The twin shock of coronavirus and plummeting oil prices have put the brakes on global growth. Combined with widespread outflows, a strengthening US dollar and a global recession, emerging markets face an unprecedented flurry of headwinds. According to a recent report from Fitch, weaker rated GCC sovereigns may be vulnerable to a downgrade in the current market conditions.
23 Apr 2020
An historic deal between OPEC+ and the G20 last weekend may not be sufficient to lift oil prices materially in the near term given the scale of decline in global demand for oil, according to research from Goldman Sachs.
19 Apr 2020