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11 April 01:47 PM CBE to introduce instant payment module, soft POS in 2021 - Deputy Governor
By: Marina Gamil Cairo – Mubasher: The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) will this year launch a full-fledged instant payment module, after finalising regulations, and introduce a soft point of sale (POS) system that allows the use of mobile phones as …
The aggregate net profit of the GCC listed banks plunged by 32.2% YoY
1 April 01:48 PM GCC banking sector's profits record seven-year low in 2020
Mubasher: The net profits of the GCC banking sector hit their lowest levels in seven years, affected by the decline of profits in the fourth quarter (Q4) by almost a third on a quarterly basis to $5.3 billion due to higher provisions, according …
Individuals can start with a monthly investment of EGP 500 through Du Invest
9 March 03:57 PM Mubasher's Du seeks to turn novice investors into professional traders
Cairo – Mubasher: Mubasher Financial Services, one of the five largest non-banking financial institutions in Egypt, has invested about EGP 360 million in launching its new Du brand for financial services, the first of its kind in Egypt that caters …
The repayment period of the outstanding loans will be extended by an additional six years.
28 February 11:25 AM Chemanol restructures SAR 475m loans with local banks
Riyadh – Mubasher: Methanol Chemicals Company (Chemanol) penned an agreement to restructure outstanding loans worth SAR 475 million with a consortium of local banks. The banks are the Gulf International Bank (GIB), the Saudi British Bank (SABB), …
Lower net income was attributed to the group's higher precautionary provisions
25 February 04:40 PM Al Baraka Banking Group achieves 8% lower net income in 2020
Mubasher: The total net income of the Bahrain-based Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG) declined by 8% to $166 million in 2020, compared to $180 million in 2019. Lower net income was attributed to the group's higher precautionary provisions allocated to …
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15 February 02:53 PM Remittances from Filipinos in GCC down to $5.1bn in 2020
Riyadh – Mubasher: Remittances paid by Filipino labour in GCC countries dropped by 11.21% on an annual basis in 2020. Filipinos’ remittances from the Gulf region registered $5.11 billion last year, compared to $5.76 billion in 2019, according to …
The bank's total assets rose by 11% in 2020
11 February 10:42 AM Al Salam Bank – Bahrain registers 57% lower profits in 2020; dividends proposed
Mubasher: The consolidated financial results of Al Salam Bank – Bahrain reported a 57% drop in net profits attributable to the shareholders to BHD 9.1 million ($ 24.2 million) in 2020 from BHD 21.1 million ($ 56 million) in 2019. The bank's net …
Regional debt issuances are expected to remain robust in 2021.
28 January 12:09 PM GCC debt issuance exceeds $100bn in 2020
Mubasher: GCC debt issuance was strong in 2020, crossing $100 billion on a continued need for budget financing, the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) said in its latest economic update. The fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 saw the issuance of about $15 …
KSA will showcase 1,000 projects worth $160 billion at the third Future Projects Forum (FPF).
26 January 03:09 PM Saudi Arabia could be Mideast’s busiest construction market next decade
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia will be the Middle East’s busiest construction market over the course of the next decade as its new wave of major projects makes progress, according to GlobalData’s MEED. The Gulf state will showcase about 1,000 …
The acquisition is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2021
17 January 10:53 AM Bank ABC inks deal to acquire Blom Bank Egypt
Mubasher: Bahrain's Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC) announced signing an agreement with Lebanon’s Blom Bank to acquire its 99.4% stake in Blom Bank Egypt. The acquisition deal, subject to several conditions and approvals from regulatory …
All physical and non-physical assets and customer accounts are included in the deal
14 January 05:54 PM Bahrain's Bank ABC completes acquisition of Blom Bank Egypt for $480m
Mubasher: Bahrain's Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC) finalised the acquisition of Blom Bank’s unit in Egypt for $480 million, two banking sources told Reuters on Thursday. All physical and non-physical assets and customer accounts are included …
The settlement is expected to have a positive impact on the company's financial statements
10 January 11:41 AM Saudi Amiantit settles loans worth SAR 107m with Saudi, Bahraini banks
Riyadh – Mubasher: The Saudi Arabian Amiantit Company announced the full settlement of its loans with Samba Financial Group, Bank Aljazira, Gulf International Bank, Al Baraka Islamic Bank (Bahrain), and Arab Banking Corporation (Bahrain). The …
Qatar’s foreign reserves continued to rise for the 34th successive month in December 2020.
7 January 01:03 PM Standard Chartered expects Qatar’s economy to grow 3% this year
Doha – Mubasher: Standard Chartered expected Qatar’s economy to grow by 3% this year as the easing of a three-year-old regional dispute will help trade, tourism, and logistics, Reuters reported. The British lender had revised its previous 2.1% …
The greenback slid to EGP 15.63 for purchasing
6 January 05:51 PM EGP continues to advance against USD on rising foreign reserves
Cairo – Mubasher: The US dollar exchange rate dropped against the Egyptian pound by EGP 0.04 in the first week of 2021 as foreign reserves rose to more than $40 billion. According to data by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), the average exchange …
Ithmaar Holding has appointed KPMG Bahrain as a financial advisor
14 December 2020 03:52 PM Ithmaar Holding hires financial, legal advisors for BBK's acquisition plan
Mubasher: Ithmaar Holding, the parent of Ithmaar Bank, has appointed KPMG Bahrain as a financial advisor and Hassan Al Radhi and associates as legal advisors as part of the plans of Bahrain and Kuwait Bank (BBK) to acquire the bank's operations in …
The top five developed countries in Islamic Finance are Malaysia, Indonesia, Bahrain, the UAE, and KSA.
9 December 2020 00:23 PM Global Islamic Finance assets may hit $3.69trn in 2024 - Report
Riyadh – Mubasher: Global Islamic Finance assets are forecast to reach $3.69 trillion by 2024 according to the 2020 Islamic Finance Development Report released today by Refinitiv and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private …
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9 December 2020 10:15 AM Fitch says GCC Islamic banks have stable 2021 outlook, except for Saudi lenders
Riyadh – Mubasher: Fitch Ratings said the 2021 sector outlook for GCC Islamic banks is stable, reflecting a modest expected economic recovery. However, it expected asset-quality and profitability pressures to continue and predicted capital buffers …
Filipino expats’ remittances from the GCC region fell by 13.91% YoY in 9M.
3 December 2020 01:13 PM Filipino labour in GCC records $3.7bn remittances in 9M
Riyadh – Mubasher: Remittances paid by Filipino labour in GCC countries dropped by 13.91% on a year-on-year (YoY) basis in the first nine months of 2020, pressured by the coronavirus pandemic. Filipino expats’ remittances amounted to $3.73 billion …
Blom Bank Egypt has a paid-up capital of EGP 2 billion
2 December 2020 02:07 PM Bank ABC in exclusive talks to acquire Blom Bank Egypt
Cairo – Mubasher: Bahrain's Bank ABC has entered into exclusive negotiations with Lebanon’s Blom Bank to acquire its unit in Egypt. “These discussions are to negotiate definitive transaction agreements and facilitate the required regulatory …
The assets of UAE banks rose by 3.2% QoQ in Q3-20
24 November 2020 10:04 AM UAE's listed banks record highest growth in assets in GCC in Q3-20
UAE - Mubasher: The listed banks in the UAE achieved the highest quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) growth in assets across the GCC countries during the third quarter (Q3) of 2020, according to a report published by Kamco Invest. The assets of UAE banks, …
The bank's net income rose to BHD 44.89m
10 November 2020 03:34 PM Al Salam Bank – Bahrain's profits down 54% in 9M
Mubasher: The net profits attributable to the shareholders of Al Salam Bank – Bahrain slid by 54% to BHD 8.07 million ($21.4 million) in the first nine months of 2020 from BHD 17.22 million ($45.7 million) during the corresponding period of 2019. …
The USD registered EGP 15.59 for buying
9 November 2020 04:38 PM EGP advances against USD to highest level since early March
Cairo – Mubasher: The Egyptian pound exchange rate advanced against the US dollar to its highest level since 8 March, according to data by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE). The USD registered EGP 15.59 for buying and EGP 15.72 for selling, the CBE …
International reserves grew to $38.425 billion at the end of September
1 November 2020 03:43 PM EGP rises against USD in 10 months
Cairo – Mubasher: The Egyptian pound exchange rate climbed against the US dollar on the back of the successful monetary policy of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), the increase in remittances of Egyptians living abroad, and the receipt of funds …
AUB’s stake in AUB Egypt will be raised to 95.7%
25 October 2020 05:51 PM AUB provides update on AUB Egypt acquisition
Mubasher: Ahli United Bank – Bahrain (AUB Bahrain) said that the public tender offer to increase its stake in its unit in Egypt ended on 22 October. During the tender offer period, Ahli United Bank – Egypt’s shareholders tendered their shares, …
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25 October 2020 01:21 PM FAB is region's safest bank in 2020 - Global Finance
UAE – Mubasher: Global Finance has announced its 29th annual ranking of the World’s 50 Safest Banks for this year. The UAE's First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) secured the first spot regionally and the 32nd spot globally in Global Finance' ranking, …