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Cost of capital of Islamic banking institutions: an empirical study of a special case

Shubber, Kadom J.A. and Alzafiri, Eid (2008) Cost of capital of Islamic banking institutions: an empirical study of a special case. International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, 1 (1). pp. 10-19. ISSN 1753-8394

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17538390810864223


Purpose - The paper's purpose is to ascertain how computing the cost of capital for Islamic banks may differ from the case of conventional ones. Design/methodology/approach - The published accounts of four major Islamic banks were analysed, so as to test the set hypotheses. Also, two surveys were undertaken on this issue, one for banking officials; the other for depositors at a major Islamic bank. Findings - For Islamic banks, it became clear that deposit accounts were not a liability, as these fell within the definition of "profit-and-loss sharing" instruments. In fact, a high-positive correlation coefficient was apparent between an Islamic bank's market value and the size of its deposits. Also, the market value of Islamic banks was clearly independent of its cost of capital. Research limitations/implications – The two surveys expressed the views of respondents, and these could be subjective. Also, the core sample studied in depth was limited to four banks, and this could be widened in subsequent research. Practical implications - Risk associated with deposit-taking needs to be looked at differently in the case of Islamic banking institutions. Also, return provided to shareholders came out higher than for depositors. Originality/value - The paper sheds new light on how the cost of capital may be computed in the case of Islamic banks. Also, the relationship between depositors and shareholders is investigated, though additional research is required on this aspect.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Banking, banks, cost of capital, Islam
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
ID Code:5582
Deposited On:23 Oct 2008 10:49
Last Modified:23 Oct 2008 10:49

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