Global Islamic bond sales are set to surpass the 2012 record as Persian Gulf issuers take the lead to tap borrowing costs that tumbled in the past year, according to HSBC Holdings Plc, last year’s top sukuk underwriter.
Islamic bond sales in Turkey may double to $3 billion this year as companies join the government in accessing Shariah-compliant investors, according to HSBC Holdings Plc, the world’s biggest underwriter of sukuk.
Sales of dollar-denominated Islamic bonds may reach $5 billion this year, matching levels of 2009, led by Asia and Gulf Arab nations, said an official at HSBC Holdings Plc, the biggest underwriter of such debt this year.
Islamic bond offerings from the Persian Gulf are struggling to keep up with Malaysia, the global hub for Shariah-compliant financial services, after new sales in the region fell to the lowest level in five years.
National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia’s largest lender and Dubai developer Nakheel PJSC are among five borrowers in the Persian Gulf that may offer Islamic bonds next year after sales dropped 40 percent in 2010.
Sales of Islamic bonds may rise to $44 billion this year as demand outstrips supply and as Asian and Middle East investors tap the market complying with Islamic banking rulings, HSBC Holdings Plc said.