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Sharjah banks report strong profit growth

Sharjah banks InvestBank (INVESTB), Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) and United Arab Bank (UAB) all announced strong profits for the first nine months of 2014. Investbank reported a six percent increase in net operating profit to AED 373 million (US$101m ), SIB reported a 33.5 percent increase in net profits to AED 295 million (US$ 80m), whilst UAB reported a 20 percent ...

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Demand for Sharjah sukuk tops US$7 billion

The launch of the Government of Sharjah’s debut sovereign Islamic bond issue or sukuk has been met by massive demand from investors. The 10-year US dollar sukuk was launched at a size of US$750 million (AED 275b) on Wednesday, securing orders worth about US$7.85 billion (AED 29b). Sharjah has secured global investor attention this year, after receiving its first sovereign ...

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Moody’s assigns (P)A3 to Sharjah sukuk

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a provisional rating of (P)A3 to the US dollar sovereign Islamic bond issue proposed by the Government of Sharjah. Plans for a sovereign sukuk first came to light in June and it has since been revealed that the government has mandated HSBC, Kuwait Finance House, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Islamic Bank and Standard ...

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Surge in profits underscores strength & stability of Sharjah’s banking sector

Two of Sharjah’s leading banks, Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) and United Arab Bank (UAB), have announced increased profits for the first half of 2014 this week underscoring the strength of the emirate’s banking sector. Sharjah-headquartered UAB announced a 26% increase in net profit in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, reaching AED 328 million ...

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Sharjah plans first international Islamic bond issue

The emirate of Sharjah is planning to issue its first sovereign sukuk, the Islamic equivalent of a sovereign bond, and has approached three banks to manage the issue, according to global news agencies. The value of Sharjah’s sovereign sukuk is yet unknown, but banking sources say that they expect the launch of the new bond to take place as early ...

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Fitch upgrades Sharjah Islamic Bank rating

Global credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded Sharjah Islamic Bank’s (SIB) Viability Rating. The new rating was announced as part of the first Fitch Ratings peer review of the UAE banking sector. The report affirmed the Long-term and Short-term Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) of nine UAE banks, plus the Viability Ratings (VR) of eight other banks. Sharjah Islamic Bank’s VR ...

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