AED5.3 bn letters of guarantee provided by banks in eight months

  • Tuesday 22, October 2019 06:04 AM
  • AED5.3 bn letters of guarantee provided by banks in eight months
Sharjah24 – WAM: The letters of guarantee issued by banks and other business entities in the UAE amounted to AED5.3 billion during the first eight months of 2019, a growth of 5.3 percent as compared to December 2018, according to the Central Bank of the UAE.
A letter of guarantee is a type of contract issued by a bank on behalf of a customer who has entered a contract to purchase goods from a supplier. It lets the supplier know that they will be paid, even if the customer of the bank defaults.

Driven by economic upswing across all business platforms, the total value of these letters stood at AED105.14 bn in August, according to the banking regulator's figures.

The Q1 of 2019 saw UAE banks issuing letters of guarantee worth AED3.1 bn, with Q2 witnessing AED2.2 bn worth of guarantees, bringing their total value to AED107 bn in July.

In August, their value declined to AED105.144 bn after a number of individuals and institutions fulfilled their financial commitments.