Global Sukuk Snapshot: Oct 2020

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United States (“US”) Treasuries (“UST”) retreated across the board in October 2020, with yields rising by 10 to 20 basis points (“bps”) across the 5-year to 30-year tenures as risk sentiment improved amidst better economic data and mounting hope for a new fiscal stimulus package ahead of 3 November 2020 US Presidential elections. Yields were also pressured higher as most election polls show that the odds of Joe Biden winning the presidency and Democrats gaining a majority in the Senate have increased significantly. In this “blue wave” election outcome, the US government is widely expected to pass a large stimulus package to accelerate the economic recovery, which may lead to higher UST supply, especially in longer tenures. As a result, the UST yield curve bear steepened, with the benchmark 10-year UST yields climbing 19bps from 0.68% at end-September 2020 to a four-month high of 0.87% at end-October 2020. The US economy continued to show further expansion in September with Institute for Supply Management (“ISM”) manufacturing index registering readings of 55.4, albeit slightly lower than August 2020’s expansion of 56.0. Meanwhile, the ISM non-manufacturing index gained from 56.9 in August 2020 to 57.8 in September 2020.

Brent crude oil price pared earlier gains in October 2020 as the resurgence of Covid-19 new cases in Europe and other parts of the world hampers demand for oil. Brent price pressed lower towards month-end as Libya ramped up oil production from below 100,000 barrel per day (“bpd”) in September 2020 to 800,000 bpd in October 2020 and targets to ramp up further to 1.3 million bpd in early 2021. Brent price declined 8.50% month-on-month from $40.9/barrel (“bbl”) to $37.46/bbl at end October 2020. Moving forward, Brent prices could be supported by news that the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries+ (which includes other members outside OPEC such as Russia, Kazakhstan and Mexico) (“OPEC+”) is considering delaying its planned production increase which was supposed to take effect in January 2021 for an extended period, while Saudi and Russia continue to reiterate their commitment to protect oil price recovery. China remains a bright spot for global oil demand, as the authorities raised the quota for use of foreign oil by non-state entities by more than 20.00% for 2021. Primary sukuk issuances during the month includes Qatar Islamic Bank $750 million 5-year sukuk and Emirates of Sharjah $250 million re-tap of its existing sukuk maturing in 2029.

Sukuk News

Arab National Bank has completed a $750 million Tier 2 capital Sukuk issuance, according to a bourse filing. The Sukuk facility has a maturity date set on 28 October 2030, callable on 28 October 2025 and carries a fixed rate of 3.33% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrears. It will also be listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Sukuk facility was offered to eligible investors in Saudi Arabia and internationally with a minimum subscription of $200,000. The offering period started on 21 October and ended on 22 October 2020.

Pengerang LNG has on 21 October 2020 issued 20 Islamic medium-term notes structured under the Murabahah concept totaling MYR1.7 billion ($409.68 million), according to separate filings on the Fixed Income and Sukuk Information Exchange. The Sukuk papers arranged by CIMB Investment Bank have one-year to 20-year tenors and are rated ‘AAA IS’ by Malaysian Rating Corporation.

Source: Bloomberg, Islamic Finance News, Reuters (as of 31 October 2020)

Data shown is in US Dollar unless otherwise noted.


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Source: Bloomberg as at 31 October 2020

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