Alwaled Al-Moaither (SABIC), Rajit Nanda (ACWA Power), Ahmad Alshubbar (Rawabi Holding Company), Manish Manchandya (Saudi Electricity Company), and Sabrina Al Bakri (OQ) discuss with Jean-Marc Mercier (HSBC) about their approach to fund raising post-COVI19
17 Jul 2020
Nishit Kumar (Mashreqbank), Zain Zaidi (Citi), Tariq Amin (Bank ABC), Aydin Emek (HSBC), Nik Joharris bin Nik Ahmad (Maybank Islamic) and Hamed Afzal (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld) discuss the challenges and opportunities in the GCC loan market
14 Jul 2020
Mark Cutis (ADNOC), Renè Javier Aninao (CORBŪ LLC), and Alex Johnson (GFC Media Group) discuss how the oil and gas industry is impacted by brewing geopolitical tensions, re-regionalisation of global supply chain, and the upcoming US elections
8 Jul 2020
Mohieddine Kronfol (Franklin Templeton Investments), Abdul Kadir Hussain (Arqaam Capital), Andrea Vigo (EQUATE), Jan Friederich (Fitch Ratings), and Farouk Soussa (Goldman Sachs) debate whether GCC bonds and sukuk prices reflect underlying risk
8 Jul 2020
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