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Thursday, 23 January 2014

S&P GCC Composite Shariah Dividend Index Launched by S&P Dow Jones Indices

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices today announced the launch of the S&P GCC Composite Shariah Dividend Index which is designed to measure the performance of the highest yielding, Shariah-compliant stocks from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region that meet respective liquidity, dividend growth, and dividend sustainability criteria.
The S&P GCC Composite Shariah Dividend Index universe is drawn from the S&P GCC Composite Shariah Index which offers investors a comprehensive Shariah-compliant benchmark for the six GCC Arab states -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The S&P GCC Composite Shariah Dividend Index is comprised of the 30 highest yielding stocks from the eligible universe, subject to a minimum of two stocks per country. The Index constituents are weighted by their indicated annual dividend yield.
"Dividend indices have been very popular given the low interest rate environment," says Michael Orzano, Associate Director of global equity indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. "The S&P GCC Composite Shariah Dividend Index was developed based on feedback from Islamic GCC investors who are looking for equity income while remaining Shariah-compliant."
For more information on the S&P GCC Composite Shariah Dividend Index, please visit: www.spdji.com.
About S&P Dow Jones Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a part of McGraw Hill Financial, is the world's largest, global resource for index-based concepts, data and research. Home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500(R) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average(TM), S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC has over 115 years of experience constructing innovative and transparent solutions that fulfill the needs of investors. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other provider in the world. With over 830,000 indices covering a wide range of asset classes across the globe, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC defines the way investors measure and trade the markets. To learn more about our company, please visit www.spdji.com.
Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC, a part of McGraw Hill Financial. Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC ("Dow Jones"). These trademarks have been licensed to S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P and their respective affiliates (collectively "S&P Dow Jones Indices") do not sponsor, endorse, sell, or promote any investment fund or other investment vehicle that is offered by third parties and that seeks to provide an investment return based on the performance of any index. This document does not constitute an offer of services in jurisdictions where S&P Dow Jones Indices does not have the necessary licenses. S&P Dow Jones Indices receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties.
(The Wall Street Journal / 22 Jan 2014)
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Al Bayan signs $70m Islamic finance facility

Saudi-based Al Bayan Group Holding Company said it has signed a $70 million syndicated Islamic term financing facility with a group of leading regional and international banks.

ABC Islamic Bank, the Islamic finance subsidiary of Arab Banking Corporation, was appointed as the initial mandated lead arranger and bookrunner.  Guidance Financial Group acted as Financial Adviser to Al Bayan.

The facility is Al Bayan’s debut syndication in the regional debt market, said a statement.

The new financing will be used for general corporate purposes and has established new banking relationships outside the company's home market of Saudi Arabia with ABC Islamic Bank, BBK., Emirates NBD Bank, Al-Baraka Islamic Bank – Bahrain, Bank of London and The Middle East and Maybank Bahrain.

Dr Abdulrahman Al Hammad, chief executive officer of Al Bayan, said: “This facility marks our first Islamic funding exercise in the region outside Saudi Arabia. We wish to thank all the participating banks for their support and look forward to working with them in the future.


(Trade Arabia / 23 Jan 2014)
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