Tuesday, July 06, 2010

New sukuk issuance, Islamic banks in the credit crisis

There are a number of articles about planned sukuk:

Gulf Finance House is in talks to extend $100 million in debts for three years because the markets are not good enough for asset sales. The asset sales are part of a restructuring following a crisis at the bank (described in an article by Mohammed Khnifer, Aatef Baig and Frank Winkler). The GFH situation is indicative (although an extreme example) of the effects of the financial crisis on Islamic finance. Bloomberg reports that Islamic syndicated loans fell 40% to $2.2 billion in the first half of 2010, a 5-year low.

Citi plans to offer more Islamic equity products where returns are based on the performance of the equities under certain conditions and where they receive the stock if the price falls. Citi says it wants to offer mudaraba-based products, but there has been little interest.

A study by Mareyah Mohammed Ahmad, a recent graduate of the British Univerity in Dubai, found that Islamic banks had

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