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Pakistan’s Meezan Bank launches ‘Laptop Financing’

Pakistan’s Meezan Bank launches ‘Laptop Financing

 

 

Meezan Bank has launched a new consumer financing product that will allow customers to purchase laptops on easy installments. The new product called Laptop Ease is being offered for repayment periods ranging from 3 months to 24 months. The bank will not charge any profit or return for customers who opt for the 3 month or 6 month installment plan. The product has been launched in collaboration with M/s. New Horizon and is available for only HP laptops. M/s. New Horizon will provide two years warranty with parts along with nationwide after sales services at the customers’ doorsteps.

 “Meezan Laptop Ease” through which customers can purchase Hewlett-Packard (HP) laptops, equipped with the latest features under a Halal financing scheme, is another step towards achieving Meezan Bank’s Vision of making Islamic banking the banking of first choice. Through this Riba-free facility, customers will be able to acquire laptops at easy installments for periods ranging from 3 to 24 months.

Laptop Finance is based on the concept of Musawamah which is a general and regular kind of sale in which price of the commodity to be traded is bargained between seller and the buyer without any reference to the price paid or cost incurred by the former. Thus, it is different from Murabaha in respect of pricing formula. Unlike Murabaha, seller in Musawamah is not obliged to reveal his cost. Both the parties negotiate on the price. All other conditions relevant to Murabaha are valid for Musawamah as well.

An MoU for this arrangement was signed between Meezan Bank and New Horizon at Meezan Bank’s Head Office.  Mr. Mohammad Raza, Head of Consumer Banking of Meezan Bank and Mr. Rahim Eqbal, COO of New Horizon signed the MoU.

 Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Raza said that Meezan Bank has an active focus on developing customer-friendly, Islamic alternatives to conventional banking products, in line with its Mission to offer a one-stop shop for innovative value-added products and services to the customers within the bounds of Shariah.

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Habib Bank Limited Islamic Banking launches Al-Ziarat Account for Hajj and Umrah

HBL Islamic Banking launches Al-Ziarat account for Hajj and Umrah

Habib Bank Limited on Monday launched ‘HBL Al-Ziarat Account’ as Haj & Umrah saving plan. The product is based on the concept of Modaraba and under the scheme, bank will provide Takaful also. At the launching ceremony, HBL President Zakir Mehmood said that rising Non Performing Loan (NPLs) is a major challenge for the banking industry and banks with the central bank assistance are taking several initiatives to curb the rising NPLs.

He said that Islamic banking is a different segment and using the new technology, HBL Islamic banking is being operated through different accounts. “HBL Islamic banking accounts are totally different from its conventional banking accounts and presently deposits of Islamic banking stand at Rs 6.3 billion,” he said. Keeping on mind the essence of Islamic economic system ie welfare of the society and sharing of the benefits, HBL has introduced this account, he added.

It is an immense desire of every Muslim to perform Haj & Umrah but due to high cost it is not possible for most of us to perform Haj & Umrah at will, he said and added that however, this unique product will enable Muslims to perform their religious duty under the saving plan ranging from 6 months to 20 years.

Zakir said HBL is the largest private sector bank in Pakistan with more than 1,450 branches nation-wide and HBL Islamic Banking is on fast track and its operation has increased to 19 dedicated Islamic banking branches across Pakistan offering Islamic Banking products and services from 206 branches of retail, commercial & corporate centers directly linked to the dedicated Islamic banking branch of the concerned region.

This product is initially offered through selected branches of HBL and more branches will be engaged on need basis, said Muhammad Aslam head of Islamic Banking HBL while giving the details of the product. “Under this product intending pilgrims wilt join the saving scheme by opening HBL ‘Al-Ziarat Account’ with any of 225 branches of HBL spread across the country,” he added The account will be opened in the Islamic Banking branch of HBL through either dedicated Islamic banking branch, as HBL has attempted to offer the service at the doorstep of the pilgrim, he said.

In addition, the life of the pilgrim will be covered through family Takaful coverage from Pak Qatar Family Takaful free of cost. The Takaful cost will be borne by HBL, Aslam added. At the time of opening of account, the pilgrim will nominate a relative to perform Haj-e-Badal or Umrah if needed and in case of pilgrim’s death during the plan, any shortfall between the target amount and savings will be paid by Takaful operator and the nominee will perform Haj or Umrah in place of the deceased.

Source: http://www.brecorder.com/news/money-and-banking/pakistan/1144640:news.html

Pakistan Mutual Funds Push for More Sukuk Issues to Invest Cash

Pakistan Mutual Funds Push for More Sukuk Issues to Invest Cash

Fund managers in Pakistan are urging the government to increase offerings of Islamic debt, saying a 13-fold rise in sukuk sales this year isn’t enough for them to invest inflows of cash.

The central bank plans to auction 45 billion rupees ($525 million) of three-year sukuk in the domestic market on March 1 and another 55 billion rupees in the three months ending June 30. The sales will take the total for the fiscal year to 189 billion rupees, compared with 14.4 billion rupees in the previous 12 months.

Pakistan’s Islamic banking assets climbed an average 30 percent annually in the past four years to 411 billion rupees as of June 2010, 6 percent of the financial industry’s total, according to a central bank estimate in October. Pakistan aims to double that share to 12 percent by 2012 and plans to issue two more Shariah banking licenses that will take the total to seven, the monetary authority said in October.

“The government has relied too much on the conventional debt market without realizing how much liquidity is in the Shariah-compliant industry,” Sajjad Anwar, who helps manage the equivalent of $187 million at NBP Fullerton Asset Management Ltd., a unit of the nation’s biggest lender National Bank of Pakistan, said in a Jan. 11 interview from Karachi. “Islamic funds and banks are just waiting.”

Banking Licenses

Pakistan needs to finance a budget deficit that may reach 6 percent of gross domestic product, or 1 trillion rupees this fiscal year, exceeding the government’s target of 4 percent, according to a report from the State Bank of Pakistan on Oct. 25. The shortfall was 6.3 percent last year, according to data on the Finance Ministry’s website.

The yield on the three-year debt will rise to 13.89 percent from 13.39 percent at the prior offering on Dec. 13 as the central bank may increase interest rates to temper inflation, said Karachi-based Abdullah Ahmed, treasurer at Meezan Bank Ltd., the nation’s biggest Shariah-compliant lender.

“In an environment when everyone is expecting a hike in interest rates, the demand for such paper will remain high,” Ahmed said in an interview on Jan. 12. “Islamic banks are desperate to deploy their funds.”

Inflation stayed above 15 percent for a fourth month in December after unprecedented floods in August destroyed roads and damaged crops worth $3.3 billion.

Inflation to Slow

“The inflation rate will start falling from next fiscal year to average 13 percent as the government aims to reduce borrowing and impose additional tax measures,” Mohammed Sohail, chief executive officer at Topline Securities Ltd., said in an interview yesterday from Karachi.

The State Bank of Pakistan increased its discount rate by half a percentage point to 14 percent on Nov. 29, the third policy tightening since July. The central bank has raised borrowing costs from a record low 7.5 percent in 2005. Policy makers will increase the rate by 50 basis points to 14.5 percent at the Jan. 29 meeting, according to Meezan Bank’s Ahmed, who said he will buy sukuk at the next auction.

Pakistan’s central bank uses the yield on its six-month non-Islamic treasury bills as a benchmark for pricing debt. The yield rose to 13.55 percent at a sale on Jan. 12, nine basis points more than the previous offering. The rate was 12.05 percent a year ago, Bloomberg data shows.

Global sales of sukuk, which pay asset returns to comply with the religion’s ban on interest, fell 15 percent to $17.1 billion in 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Issuance reached a record $31 billion in 2007.

Islamic Debt Returns

Shariah-compliant bonds returned 12.8 percent last year, the HSBC/NASDAQ Dubai US Dollar Sukuk Index shows. Debt in developing markets gained 12.2 percent, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s EMBI Global Diversified Index.

The difference between the average yield for emerging- market sukuk and the London interbank offered rate shrank eight basis points this month to 281, according to the HSBC/NASDAQ Dubai US Dollar Sukuk Index. Average yields dropped 13 basis points to 4.61 percent.

The yield on Malaysia’s 3.928 percent sukuk maturing in June 2015 rose two basis points to 2.8 percent today, according to prices from Royal Bank of Scotland Group. The extra yield investors demand to hold Dubai’s government sukuk rather than Malaysia’s narrowed one basis point to 330 today, Bloomberg data show.

Government Debt Sale

The government sold 37.2 billion rupees of Islamic securities on Dec. 13 and got orders for 57.7 billion rupees. At the previous sale on Nov. 8, it raised 51.8 billion rupees after receiving offers of 64.7 billion rupees. Pakistan had local- currency debt of 5.35 trillion rupees outstanding, including 94 billion rupees of sukuk as of November 2010, according to the central bank’s website.

Pakistan is attracting investors even as the country battles an eight-year insurgency with militants in its border region with Afghanistan. The U.S., a major financial donor, is pushing President Asif Ali Zardari to intensify that crackdown. A policeman assassinated secular politician Salman Taseer on Jan. 4 for opposing an Islamic blasphemy law.

Albaraka Banking Group BSC, Bahrain’s biggest publicly traded Islamic lender, boosted its branch network to 90 after acquiring Pakistan’s Emirates Global Islamic Bank Ltd. in 2010. Meezan Bank, controlled by Kuwait’s Noor Financial Investment Co., plans to open 225 new outlets in the next four years.

The central bank predicts the economy will expand 2.5 percent this fiscal year, faster than last year’s 1.2 percent. The Karachi Stock Exchange KSE100 share index reached a 2 1/2- year high today. The gauge rallied 28 percent last year after soaring 60 percent in 2009.

“For Islamic banks, sukuk will remain attractive because the sovereign notes offer the least risk and high returns,” Pervez Said, chief executive officer of Dawood Islamic Bank, 35 percent owned by Bahrain’s Unicorn Investment Bank BSC., said in an interview yesterday from Karachi. “Political and security problems have always been associated with Pakistan. The issue is where do we invest?”

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-17/pakistan-funds-push-for-sukuk-to-invest-cash-islamic-finance.html

To contact the reporter on this story: Khalid Qayum in Singapore kqayum@bloomberg.net; Haris Anwar in Islamabad at Hanwar2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sandy Hendry at shendry@bloomberg.net.

BankIslami Pakistan acquires Citibank’s house financing portfolio

BankIslami Pakistan acquires Citibank’s house financing portfolio

BankIslami has signed a first-of-its-kind deal to acquire Citibank Pakistan’s house financing portfolio amounting to Rs953 million. This is the first time an Islamic bank has acquired mortgage assets of a conventional bank.

“This acquisition will serve as a milestone for the Islamic banking industry in Pakistan and elsewhere,” said BankIslami CEO Hasan Bilgrami. He added that the acquisition of the housing portfolio is in line with BankIslami’s growth strategy in this segment.

Citibank’s house finance customers will now be required to switch to the Islamic mode of financing. “The transition for customers to BankIslami will be made easy and convenient,” said the CEO. Despite a general slowdown in the banking industry, BankIslami has expanded to 100 branches in less than three years.

A compound annual growth rate of 72 per cent over the last two years has made it one of the fastest growing banks in the country.

Source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/95697/bankislami-acquires-citibanks-house-financing-portfolio/

Naymet Islamic Microfinance to launch Islamic microfinance product in Pakistan

Naymet Islamic Microfinance to launch Islamic microfinance product in Pakistan

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Grameen Bank, the organization founded by Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, may be the best-known practitioner of microfinance, which provides small loans and other financial services to the poor. But advisory board member Tarun Khanna, a professor at Harvard Business School, believes Hyderabad, India-based SKS Microfinance (privcapId=26522095) could have even more impact. (Khanna is on the board of the organization.) For one, it's "unabashedly for profit," Khanna says, which means it's growing fast and plowing those profits back into building new systems and greater scale. Already, SKS has 14,000 employees and 3.5 million customers throughout India, and is adding 300,000 new customers each month.

Pakistan’s AlHuda-Centre of Islamic Banking (CIBE) and Economics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Naymet Islamic Microfinance to develop Islamic Microfinance Products for Naymet Microfinance.

AlHuda CIBE will operate manuals of Islamic financial products. It will provide accounting and auditing measures, Shariah supervision, and help in training staff members. It will also facilitate Naymet Islamic Microfinance in advisory for Shariah complaint I.T solutions.

Mr. Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, AlHuda CIBE said that Alhuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics is very eager to develop Islamic Microfinance products. He added that Islamic microfinance is not only developing within Pakistan but Bangladesh, Lebanon, Syria, Malaysia, Indonesia South Africa and other countries are also benefiting from the products of Islamic microfinance.

President, Naymet Islamic Microfinance, Mr. Shahid I. Mohammad said, "It’s our privilege to establish a working relation with AlHuda CIBE. Islamic microfinance products will be very beneficial in developing Shariah complaints industry. It will be a step forward to flourish a web of Islamic microfinance products network in Pakistan that will be very poverty alleviation and uplifting the economy of the country".

Source: http://www.apbankers.net/page.Article.cmc?&A=12&B=1292125205&C=2010&SID=1

New regulations require Shariah Advisors in Pakistan to attend board meetings

New regulations require Shariah Advisors in Pakistan to attend board meetings

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) published new regulations that require Shariah Advisors to attend the meeting of the Board of Directors of their bank in which the Shariah Advisor’s report on the bank’s annual financial statements is discussed.

A press release by SBP states:

“In order to provide the opportunity to the Shariah Advisor to present the report so prepared to the Board of Directors (BoD) and apprise the BoD about his assessment on the overall Shariah compliance levels and environment in the Institution, the IBIs are advised to invite their respective Shariah Advisor for discussion on the Shariah Compliance Report in the BOD meetings in which annual audited accounts and Shariah Advisor’s report are discussed and approved.”

Pakistan Islamic banking industry registers 12% growth:SBP IB Bulletin for Q2 2009

Pakistan Islamic banking industry registers 12% growth:SBP IB Bulletin for Q2 2009

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Despite slow economic activities and global financial crisis, growth rate of Islamic banking industry remained higher than the conventional banking industry, culminating in continuously rising share of Islamic finance in the local and global financial markets.

The State Bank of Pakistan on Tuesday revealed that the Islamic banking industry has posted a growth of 12.4 percent during the quarter ended June 2009 and total assets of Islamic banking in Pakistan reached Rs 313 billion in June 2009 compared with Rs 278 billion in March 2009.

The data for quarter ended June 2009, shows that asset financing activities of Islamic banks have revived besides substantially higher assets and deposits growth. The profitability indicators have also shown marked improvement as compared to the preceding quarter. The financing and investment portfolio of Islamic banks reached Rs 195.0 billion in June 2009 compared with Rs 185 billion in March 2009, depicting an increase of 5.1 percent during the last quarter.

In terms of market share, total assets, financing & investment and deposits reached 5.1 percent and 4.2 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively, at end June 2009. The branch network of 6 full-fledged Islamic banks and 12 conventional banks (with dedicated Islamic banking branches-IBBs) increased to 528 branches in June 2009.

The State Bank of Pakistan issuing "Islamic Banking Bulletin" for the second quarter ended on June 30, 3009 said that current growth rate of Islamic banking industry has envisioned to achieve a share of 12 percent by 2012 as per Islamic banking strategy plan.

The growing depositors’ confidence is well reflected in last quarter, which shows an increase of 15.5 percent in the deposits. The deposit base of Islamic banks stood at Rs 238 billion at end-June 2009 compared to Rs 206 billion in the previous quarter-end.

Total liabilities of Islamic banks have increased by 13.3 percent to Rs 274 billion from Rs 242 billion during the quarter. While the net assets and equity increased by around 7 percent each. There is an increase of 6 percent in the reserves to one billion rupees and then appropriated profits increased by 79 percent to Rs 900 million in last quarter.

The highlight of quarter June 2009 was that most of the indicators of the Islamic banking in Pakistan showed reversion towards the usual high growth trend. It may be recalled that the Islamic banks also witnessed some slowdown as a result of the financial stress of recent times.

The financing portfolio has increased by 3 percent quarter on quarter basis (QoQ). This is encouraging, as during the last quarter (January-March 2009) the financing had actually declined by Rs 10 billion. The resurgence in financing is accompanied by a QoQ 9.3 percent increase in investment. The increased financing may be reflecting the improving economic outlook of the country.

While, the investment has largely increased due to 3rd issuance of GoP Ijara Sukuk. Nonetheless, there is a welcome increase of Rs 2.4 billion in Musharika financing, though Modaraba financing declined by almost 50 percent. Nonetheless, the net mark-up income increased from Rs 7.8 billion to Rs 15.4 billion-a healthy 94.0 percent growth. Non-mark up income increased by a hefty 213.2 percent from Rs 0.5 billion in March 2009 to Rs 1.6 billion in June 2009.

The bulletin can be downloaded HERE

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