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The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the subsequent slump in oil prices is a particularly dangerous combination for GCC economies given the region’s exposure to commodity prices. According to a report from S&P, the region’s banks face an earnings shock, with a notable slowdown in credit growth and higher risk premiums – although other key metrics remain strong.
14 Apr 2020
As revenues slump and deficits soar, analysts are growing increasingly concerned about some of the Gulf’s more vulnerable economies.
9 Apr 2020
Qatar has returned to the capital markets with the sale of a USD10bn Eurobond, marking the latest issuance from EM sovereigns returning to the markets.
8 Apr 2020
The National Central Cooling Company PJSC, better known as Tabreed, acquired an 80% stake in Emaar-owned Downtown Dubai district cooling business from the real estate giant in a deal valued at AED2.48bn, a deal fund managers described as a win-win.
7 Apr 2020
PMI readings for the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt treaded further into negative territory this week as businesses continue to come to grips with declining sales and supply chain disruptions.
6 Apr 2020
There is a growing need for companies to prioritise environment, social and governance (ESG) factors as investors now view these as important factors when assessing risk and deploying capital. This is especially relevant in regions which are highly dependent on extractive or carbon-intensive sectors.
6 Apr 2020
This year’s Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards saw no shortage of firsts as the region’s borrowers and finance professionals pushed the boundaries of the possible through new structures and techniques in a range of transactions.
2 Apr 2020
The impact of the coronavirus is being felt by countries and sectors worldwide, but the UAE is particularly sensitive as key sectors like oil & gas and logistics feel the disruption more severely. For the country’s banking sector, the pandemic looks set to place additional pressure on banks’ credit profiles by reducing asset quality, according to a note from Fitch Ratings.
24 Mar 2020
The US Fed’s recent decision to cut interest rates by a further 50bp is placing additional pressure on the margins of Saudi Arabia’s banks, according to a recent report from Fitch Ratings. Following the lead of the Fed, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) cut its repo rate on Monday by 50bp, bringing rates in the Kingdom to an all time low of 1%. But the Kingdom’s banks will feel the…
20 Mar 2020