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Credit growth picked up momentum in the fourth quarter of 2019, largely led by rising loan provision to government and government-related entities – but growth in lending to the private sector declined on a quarterly basis, while only marginally increasing year-on-year.
25 Feb 2020
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
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
PMI indicators – a rough barometer of business sentiment – from some of MENA’s largest countries slumped in January as global volatility weighed on the region’s economies.
7 Feb 2020
A spate of loans inked by GCC-based borrowers are helping to fill a vacuum left by a busy bond season in January.
5 Feb 2020
While details of the government’s strategy to address the dire economic circumstances it faces are scant, analysts at Barclays believe Lebanon is likely to favour a bond swap with domestic banks over alternatives like issuing long-term FX certificates via the central bank, a move that could result in the sovereign entering Selective Default.
4 Feb 2020
In January this year, Emirates NBD became the first Middle Eastern bank to participate with an international bond from Russia, but investors from the region have been increasing their exposure to Russian credits for some time.
4 Feb 2020
The USD6bn loan to Pakistan approved by the IMF in mid-2019 has gone some way to helping stabilise the country’s economy in the face of domestic and external headwinds.
29 Jan 2020
Kuwait has published its budget proposal for the fiscal year 2021, which reveals that the nation’s deficit will climb for the sixth consecutive year in a row to reach a record high.
24 Jan 2020
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hit the market for the first time in 2020 to place USD5bn in bonds across three tranches, including a 35-year tranche – the country’s longest to date.
22 Jan 2020