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01 Jul 2014 - UAB Signs US$100 Million Murabaha Syndication Deal United Arab Bank

July 1 2014, Sharjah, UAE: United Arab Bank (UAB), the fastest growing bank in the Middle East, has announced the completion of a 3-year syndicated Murabaha facility worth US$100m with four banks based in the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait. The Murabaha deal is the first Islamic syndication completed by UAB.

Al Hilal Bank, headquartered in the UAE, served as the Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner for the deal, while the Arab Banking Corporation, headquartered in Bahrain and Sharjah Islamic Bank, were the other Mandated Lead Arrangers. The National Bank of Kuwait also served as a Lead Arranger.

The syndicated Murabaha facility which has been taken out for general corporate purposes, was almost twice oversubscribed. The appetite of banks across the region to participate in this club deal underlines UAB’s exceptional recent financial performance. The bank sustained the pace of a record-breaking 35 per cent surge in net profits over the course of 2013 with a 34 per cent year-on-year profit rise in the first quarter of 2014.

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