The COVID-19 pandemic has convulsed the global economy, unevenly weighing on some of the world’s largest emerging markets – not the least of which countries with a heavy dependence on oil revenues. For CFOs and Treasurers based in the GCC region, the pandemic was a crude awakening which quickly led to a liquidity squeeze that is only just starting to ease as a ‘new normal’ begins to set in. Bonds…
3 Jul 2020
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan raised USD1.75bn through the sale of five and 10-year notes in international markets this week.
1 Jul 2020
Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) and a consortium led by the Metito Group reached financial close this week on a USD245mn independent sewage water treatment plant (ISTP), the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia.
5 Jun 2020
April saw foreign exchange reserves at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) continue to fall by an additional USD24.7bn, with the total decline over March and April now totalling some USD48.7bn. This was largely due to a liquidity injection into the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
2 Jun 2020
GCC sovereign bond issuance surged to USD26bn and attracted more than USD140bn in demand through the second quarter of this year as the region’s governments flocked to international markets to cover deficits sent wider by lower oil prices and depressed economic activity. Some analysts say investors should not be so quick to shrug off some of the macroeconomic pressures weighing on the region.
29 May 2020
The IMF has approved USD396mn in fresh funding for Jordan as the Kingdom looks for additional support to plug a growing fiscal deficit stretched even wider by the coronavirus pandemic.
22 May 2020
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a USD2.77bn loan for Egypt to help finance a rapid rise in healthcare spending linked to containing the spread of coronavirus.
12 May 2020
Saudi Arabia announced additional measures this week to prevent the country’s deficit from spiralling out of control in the wake of a steep drop in the price of oil and a fall-off in economic activity.
11 May 2020
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