Moody’s: GCC's Sukuk Issuance Plummet 5 Percent this Year

Published August 6th, 2020 - 01:30 GMT
Moody’s: GCC's Sukuk Issuance Plummet 5 Percent this Year
• Total issuance in the first six months of 2020 dropped to $77 billion, down 12% from the same period last year, as activity in Malaysia and Indonesia flagged.
Highlights
• Despite the decline, 2020 will still see the second highest sukuk issuance total ever, following a 36% increase in 2019.

Sukuk issuance in the GCC is set to fall 5% this year to about $170 billion because of the coronavirus crisis, after four years of rapid growth, said Moody’s in a new report.

"The decline will be partly limited by the financing needs of GCC countries because of lower oil prices and the pandemic," said Nitish Bhojnagarwala, VP-Senior Credit Officer at Moody's. "We expect issuance will rally in the second half of the year to around $90 billion, led by sovereigns in the Gulf."

Key points:

• Despite the decline, 2020 will still see the second highest sukuk issuance total ever, following a 36% increase in 2019.

• Total issuance in the first six months of 2020 dropped to $77 billion, down 12% from the same period last year, as activity in Malaysia and Indonesia flagged.

• Issuance in southeast Asia dropped by 25%, while volumes in the Middle East rose 7%.

• Volumes are likely to rebound in the second half of 2020, as governments raise money to finance their responses to the coronavirus crisis.

• Persistently low oil prices could also increase deficits and financing needs among oil-exporting issuers, primarily in Gulf countries.

• Moody’s expects some African sovereigns and corporates to enter the market, following the lead of Egypt and Nigeria earlier this year.

• Though the green sukuk market is in its infancy, issuance is likely to accelerate as efforts to combat climate change gain traction.


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