Global Sukuk Snapshot: Feb 2021
Global Market Commentary
The United States (“US”) Treasury (“UST”) 10-year yield touched 1.60% mark during the month, the highest level since the pandemic began as investors started pricing in earlier than expected US rate hikes, underpinned by expectations of faster growth and inflation. The selloff in UST was exacerbated by a weak 7-year UST auction on 25 February 2021. However, Powell dismissed the sharp run-up in yields, calling it a “statement of confidence in the economic outlook”. During the month, the shorter end of the UST yield curve edged 1-10 basis points (“bps”) higher, while yields on the longer end rose significantly by 30-40bps, causing the curve to shift higher and bear steepened. Month-on-month (“m-o-m”), benchmark 10-year UST yields closed the month 33bps higher from 1.07% at end-January 2021 to 1.40% at end-February 2021.
Brent crude oil prices continued to recover, posting gains of 18.0% m-o-m from $55.89/barrel (“bbl”) at end-January 2021 to $65.97/bbl at end-February 2021. Crude oil prices have risen steadily since November 2020 as the rollout of coronavirus vaccines gathers pace globally, and as continued supply curbs from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies spur hopes that global stockpiles will continue to slide. Brent crude oil prices rose amidst tightening global supplies and signs of strength in physical markets, underpinned by a brightening outlook for consumption. Sentiment was also buoyed by hopes for a new US stimulus package and a major winter storm in US and Texas, which amplified demand for fuel. The rare deep freeze prompted the state's electric grid operator to impose rotating blackouts, leaving nearly 3 million customers without power, and creating a tighter supply situation that has been absent for most of the pandemic.
Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (“AMBD”) has priced the 14th issuance of its AMBD Islamic Bills (“I-Bills”) at BN$12 million ($8.99 million) with a profit rate of 0.10% and a maturity date set on the 18 February 2021, a press release confirmed. Since its maiden offering on the 22 October 2020, BN$405 million ($303.36 million)-worth of AMBD I-Bills have been issued; total outstanding as at the 4 February 2021 stood at BN$32 million ($23.97 million).
Government-owned technology financier Malaysia Debt Ventures (“MDV”) is looking to issue a MYR2 billion ($495.23 million) Sukuk facility in the third quarter of 2021 to support its financing program for the next five to seven years, Bernama reported quoting Khairul Azwan Harun, the chairman of MDV. The facility reportedly has already been approved by the Ministry of Finance.
Source: Bloomberg, Islamic Finance News, Reuters (as at 28 February 2021)
Data shown is in US Dollar unless otherwise noted.
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Source: Bloomberg as at 28 February 2021
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