Iran's Ministry of Finance has issued 5 trillion rials ($145 million) of lease-based Islamic bonds, expanding the range of the government's funding tools and providing a much-needed pricing benchmark for corporate issuers.
Troubled state-owned investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has called off plans to sell up to $2.4 billion of Islamic bonds, a report said.
The Islamic bond or sukuk had been earmarked to raise funds for the constructio
The Pakistani unit of Bahrain's Al Baraka Banking Group has raised two billion rupees ($19.5 million) via the country's first issuance of subordinated sukuk, or Islamic bonds, a bank official said.
With Basel III global ba
Bahrain-based Al Baraka Banking Group said it is considering issuing subordinated Islamic bonds through its South African and Pakistani units to boost their regulatory capital.
The Islamic bank's plans come at a time when sove
Dubai's government hopes its first 15-year sukuk issue - an unusually long tenor for an Islamic bond - will pave the way for long-term debt sales by its state companies, the Department of Finance said.
Dubai drew $2.3 billion
A gap between global supply and demand for Islamic bonds is likely to peak in 2014 and then shrink gradually for several years as issuance grows, a study by Thomson Reuters predicted.
Potential demand for sukuk among cash-rich Isl
Egypt has approved a draft law to allow sovereign Islamic bonds (sukuk), the country's finance minister said on Wednesday, as the government searches for new ways to finance an unsustainable budget deficit.
The Islamist-led ad
Qatar plans to issue up to $4 billion in Islamic bonds, or sukuk, through two companies that the Gulf state will set up through a decree issued by the Crown Prince, local daily Al Watan newspaper said on Monday.
Qatar, the world's biggest
Saudi investors are warming to a sale of $2 billion of Islamic bonds by US investment bank Goldman Sachs, banking sources told Reuters, lending support to a sukuk which has run into controversy over whether it complied with Islamic principles.
The Turkish unit of Bahrain's Albaraka Banking Group said on Thursday it had postponed a planned issue of Islamic bonds, saying the yields investors expected were too high.
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