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17 March Daily market report

  1. 1. Page 1 of 6 QE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QE index rose 0.6% to close at 11,401.7. Gains were led by the Consumer Goods & Services and Insurance indices, gaining 2.8% and 1.8% respectively. Top gainers were Gulf International Services and Islamic Holding Group, rising 9.9% each. Among the top losers, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Co. fell 4.0%, while Qatari Investors Group declined 1.3%. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI index fell 0.1% to close at 9,368.0. Losses were led by the Multi-Invest. and Tele. & Info. Tech. indices, declining 0.9% and 0.5% respectively. Bank Al Bilad fell 5.1%, while Astra Ind. Group was down 4.0%. Dubai: The DFM index gained 1.6% to close at 4,124.8. The Real Estate & Construction index rose 3.3%, while the Insurance index was up 1.9%. Arabtec Holding gained 6.4%, while Commercial Bank of Dubai was up 6.2%. Abu Dhabi: The ADX benchmark index rose 1.9% to close at 4,822.7. The Energy index gained 3.5%, while the Real Estate index was up 3.0%. Methaq Takaful Insurance Co. rose 12.9%, while Sudan Telecom. Co. was up 5.3%. Kuwait: The KSE index fell 0.3% to close at 7,409.4. The Financial Services index declined 0.8%, while the Industrial index was down 0.7%. Ithmaar Bank fell 7.4%, while Mushrif Trading & Contracting Co. was down 7.3%. Oman: The MSM index declined 0.4% to close at 6,994.9. Losses were led by the Financial and Services indices, declining 0.7% each. Oman National Engine. Invt. fell 8.0%, while National Aluminium Products was down 7.0%. Bahrain: The BHB index fell 0.3 to close at 1,370.9. The Commercial Banking index declined 0.7%, while the Services index was down 0.2%. Ithmaar Bank fell 7.9%, while Khaleeji Commercial Bank was down 3.9%. Qatar Exchange Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Gulf International Services 78.80 9.9 259.0 61.5 Islamic Holding Group 62.30 9.9 369.6 35.4 Medicare Group 67.00 9.8 715.5 27.6 Qatar Islamic Insurance 63.50 5.8 340.1 9.7 Dlala' Brokerage & Inv. Holding Co 23.40 2.6 200.8 5.9 Qatar Exchange Top Vol. Trades Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Barwa Real Estate Co. 35.95 0.6 2,860.1 20.6 Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding 37.65 (4.0) 2,623.9 277.0 Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Dev. 12.58 0.4 2,172.4 12.5 Qatar Gas Transport Co. 21.11 (0.8) 828.6 4.2 Medicare Group 67.00 9.8 715.5 27.6 Source: Bloomberg (* in QR) Market Indicators 17 Mar 14 16 Mar 14 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 689.6 726.2 (5.0) Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 640,323.4 639,356.4 0.2 Volume (mn) 14.6 17.7 (17.1) Number of Transactions 9,441 9,287 1.7 Companies Traded 40 39 2.6 Market Breadth 25:10 16:18 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 16,791.06 0.6 0.5 13.2 N/A All Share Index 2,904.38 0.7 0.6 12.2 14.6 Banks 2,750.53 (0.1) (0.4) 12.6 14.2 Industrials 3,988.85 1.6 1.7 14.0 15.5 Transportation 1,996.92 0.0 (0.3) 7.5 13.9 Real Estate 2,171.22 0.1 (0.0) 11.2 19.5 Insurance 2,744.08 1.8 1.4 17.5 6.6 Telecoms 1,499.90 0.2 1.6 3.2 20.7 Consumer 6,892.46 2.8 3.0 15.9 30.0 Al Rayan Islamic Index 3,471.96 0.9 0.9 14.4 18.7 GCC Top Gainers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Gulf Int. Services Qatar 78.80 9.9 259.0 61.5 Arabtec Holding Co. Dubai 5.15 6.4 136,315.6 79.4 Comm. Bank of Dubai Dubai 6.00 6.2 670.8 39.2 Dana Gas Abu Dhabi 0.82 5.1 65,655.8 (9.9) Union National Bank Abu Dhabi 6.66 4.9 337.2 13.5 GCC Top Losers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Ithmaar Bank Bahrain 0.18 (7.9) 12,969.2 (23.9) Jazeera Airways Kuwait 0.46 (5.2) 198.9 (8.1) Bank Albilad Saudi Arabia 44.60 (5.1) 47,104.2 27.4 Combined Group Con. Kuwait 1.14 (5.0) 2.0 (10.9) Astra Industrial Group Saudi Arabia 59.75 (4.0) 420.8 12.7 Source: Bloomberg ( # in Local Currency) ( ## GCC Top gainers/losers derived from the Bloomberg GCC 200 Index comprising of the top 200 regional equities based on market capitalization and liquidity) Qatar Exchange Top Losers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding 37.65 (4.0) 2,623.9 277.0 Qatari Investors Group 52.50 (1.3) 456.3 20.1 Al Ahli Bank 48.60 (0.8) 1.7 14.9 United Development Co. 21.83 (0.8) 335.2 (3.4) Qatar Gas Transport Co. 21.11 (0.8) 828.6 4.2 Qatar Exchange Top Val. Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% Barwa Real Estate Co. 35.95 0.6 103,185.4 20.6 Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding 37.65 (4.0) 98,964.9 277.0 QNB Group 181.50 (0.3) 92,468.7 5.5 Medicare Group 67.00 9.8 47,278.4 27.6 Qatar Fuel Co. 247.70 2.6 40,012.1 13.3 Source: Bloomberg (* in QR) Regional Indices Close 1D% WTD% MTD% YTD% Exch. Val. Traded ($ mn) Exchange Mkt. Cap. ($ mn) P/E** P/B** Dividend Yield Qatar* 11,401.65 0.6 0.5 (3.1) 9.8 189.36 175,832.8 15.1 1.9 4.5 Dubai 4,124.77 1.6 3.6 (2.3) 22.4 490.96 83,983.6 17.7 1.5 2.3 Abu Dhabi 4,822.72 1.9 1.5 (2.7) 12.4 132.04 129,233.0 13.7 1.7 3.6 Saudi Arabia 9,368.03 (0.1) (0.2) 2.9 9.8 2,524.74 508,116.5 18.8 2.3 3.2 Kuwait 7,409.38 (0.3) (0.6) (3.7) (1.9) 71.02 110,067.9 15.6 1.2 3.8 Oman 6,994.86 (0.4) (1.0) (1.7) 2.3 13.27 25,196.7 11.1 1.6 3.7 Bahrain 1,370.93 (0.3) (0.3) (0.1) 9.8 3.69 51,844.6 9.7 0.9 3.9 Source: Bloomberg, Qatar Exchange, Tadawul, Muscat Securities Exchange, Dubai Financial Market and Zawya (** TTM; * Value traded ($ mn) do not include special trades, if any) 11,300 11,350 11,400 11,450 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00
  2. 2. Page 2 of 6 Qatar Market Commentary  The QE index rose 0.6% to close at 11,401.7. The Consumer Goods & Services and Insurance indices led the gains. The index rose on the back of buying support from non-Qatari shareholders despite selling pressure from Qatari shareholders.  Gulf International Services and Islamic Holding Group were the top gainers, rising 9.9% each. Among the top losers, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Co. fell 4.0%, while Qatari Investors Group declined 1.3%.  Volume of shares traded on Monday fell by 17.1% to 14.6mn from 17.7mn on Sunday. However, as compared to the 30-day moving average of 14.0mn, volume for the day was 4.9% higher. Barwa Real Estate Co. and Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Co. were the most active stocks, contributing 19.5% and 17.9% to the total volume respectively. Source: Qatar Exchange (* as a % of traded value) Earnings and Global Economic Data Earnings Releases Company Market Currency Revenue (mn) 4Q2013 % Change YoY Operating Profit (mn) 4Q2013 % Change YoY Net Profit (mn) 4Q2013 % Change YoY Abu Dhabi National Insurance Co. (ADNIC)* Abu Dhabi AED 0.0 NA – – 181.0 24.8% Gulf Livestock (GLS)* Abu Dhabi AED 0.0 NA – – 42.9 45.2% Source: Company data, DFM, ADX, MSM (*FY2013 results) Global Economic Data Date Market Source Indicator Period Actual Consensus Previous 03/17 US Federal Reserve Industrial Production MoM February 0.60% 0.20% -0.20% 03/17 US Federal Reserve Manufacturing (SIC) Production February 0.80% 0.30% -0.90% 03/17 US NAHB NAHB Housing Market Index March 47.0 50.0 46.0 03/17 EU Eurostat CPI MoM February 0.30% 0.40% -1.10% 03/17 EU Eurostat CPI YoY February 0.70% 0.80% 0.80% 03/17 EU Eurostat CPI Core YoY February 1.00% 1.00% 1.00% 03/17 UK Rightmove Rightmove House Prices MoM March 1.60% – 3.30% 03/17 UK Rightmove Rightmove House Prices YoY March 6.80% – 6.90% Source: Bloomberg (s.a. = seasonally adjusted; n.s.a. = non-seasonally adjusted; w.d.a. = working day adjusted) News Qatar  MEED: Qatar project market outlook strong amid $285bn spending plans – According to data from MEED Projects, the outlook for Qatar‟s project market until 2020 is strong as projects planned or underway have reached an estimated value of $285bn. Although the massive project activity is attributed to Qatar‟s preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022, the bulk of the projects are actually part of the plan for the Qatar National Vision 2030 economic roadmap. Qatar is undertaking a number of mega projects in order to accomplish its National Vision, with significant investments being poured into transportation and shipping infrastructure. These investments include the construction of Hamad International Airport, the New Doha Port, and several mega cities such as Lusail and Msheireb. (Gulf- Times.com)  MDPS: Qatar trade surplus totals QR37bn – Qatar‟s foreign trade surplus totaled QR37bn in January 2014, on the back of higher exports of petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons. According to preliminary figures by the Ministry of Development Planning & Statistics (MDPS), major export destinations for Qatar were Japan (QR13bn), accounting for 28% of general exports, South Korea (QR9bn – 20%) and India (QR6.3bn – 14%). However, Qatar‟s foreign trade surplus dipped in January 2014 as compared to QR37.6bn a year ago. MDPS said that general exports from Qatar increased in January 2014 to reach QR45.8bn, up 2.8% over the same period in 2013. This was mainly driven by higher exports of gaseous hydrocarbons such as LNG, condensates, propane and butane that accounted for QR31bn in January 2014, up 2.6% YoY. The data also found higher imports to Qatar in the period under review, which stood at QR8.8bn in January, up 27.5% YoY. (Gulf-Times.com)  GFC: Qatar maintains top financial center ranking in GCC – The latest Global Financial Centers Index (GFC Index 15) conducted by London-based Z/Yen Group has ranked Qatar as the top financial center in the GCC region. GFCI 15 found that Qatar's rating went up by 15 points due to increasing competitiveness and perceived significance as a financial center. While Qatar maintains its leading position, index ratings for Bahrain, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have also risen. Qatar‟s average global assessment stood at 694 and its ex-regional average is 690, slightly up from 690 and 683 respectively in GFCI 14. Meanwhile, GFCI 15 said almost all regions, except Europe and the offshore centers, have given favorable assessments to Qatar with the Americas being significantly more favorable than the Middle East-Africa and Asia-Pacific respondents. (Gulf-Times.com) Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari 66.45% 66.79% (2,397,029.07) Non-Qatari 33.55% 33.21% 2,397,029.07
  3. 3. Page 3 of 6  GulfTalent: Average 6.7% pay hike likely in 2014 – According to a survey by GulfTalent, an online recruitment firm, employment opportunities and salaries in Qatar are expected to rise faster than last year. As per the 2014 edition of „Employment and Salary Trends in the Gulf‟ survey, 75% of companies in Qatar are adding jobs in 2014, while the average pay increase is expected to be 6.7%. This positive development is primarily due to the execution of major infrastructure projects gathering momentum in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. The survey said that Qatari companies are followed by companies in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with 63% and 57% seeking to create jobs, respectively. Hospitality and retail sectors are set to dominate job growth in 2014 with 61% of companies in the hospitality sector planning to increase their headcount. (Peninsula Qatar)  Ooredoo (ORDS) announces date to pay interest to bondholders – Ooredoo announced that Qtel International Finance Limited (QIFL), its wholly owned subsidiary, will pay its Global Medium Term Note (GMTN) holders interest payments on14th and 22nd of April 2014. (QE)  MPHC’s AGM to be held on April 9 – The AGM of Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company (MPHC) is scheduled to be held on April 9, 2014. (QE)  DBIS’ AGM to be held on April 1 – Dlala Brokerage & Investments Holding Company‟s (DBIS) AGM is scheduled to be held on April 1, 2014 at the Diplomatic Club. In case of lack of quorum, another meeting will be held on April 6, 2014 at the same place. The AGM‟s agenda includes approving the recommendations of the board of directors regarding profit distribution, among others. (QE)  QE deposits CBQK’s bonus shares – The Qatar Exchange (QE) has added the Commercial Bank of Qatar‟s (CBQK) bonus shares to the company‟s shareholder accounts. With this, the company‟s new capital stands at QR2,969.4mn distributed over 296.9mn shares. Shareholders can begin trading these shares from March 18, 2014. (QE)  QE deposits QGRI’s bonus shares – The Qatar Exchange (QE) announced the addition of bonus shares to the company‟s shareholder accounts of Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance Co. (QGRI). With this, the company‟s new capital stands at QR691.8mn distributed over 69.18mn shares. Shareholders can begin trading these shares from March 18, 2014. (QE)  Trading suspension in QGTS’ shares on March 18 – The Qatar Exchange (QE) has announced suspension in the trading of Qatar Gas Transport Company‟s (QGTS) shares on March 18, 2014 due to the company‟s AGM being held on that day. (QE)  HMC wins Healthcare Innovation Award – Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) won the prestigious Healthcare Innovation Award at the 14th Annual Congress of the Arab Hospitals Federation at Cairo. The Healthcare Innovation Award recognized the work done by HMC, the principal public healthcare provider in Qatar, to meet the healthcare needs of the country‟s growing population. (Gulf-Times.com) International  Reuters: US factories flex muscle after severe winter chill – Manufacturing output in the US recorded its largest increase in six months in February 2014 and factory activity in the State of New York expanded early this month. This provided the latest signs that the US economy is gaining momentum after being dampened by severe weather. Recent upbeat factory data should encourage the Federal Reserve to further scale back its monetary stimulus, even though another report suggested the housing sector would take a while to pull out of its recent soft patch. The Federal Reserve said factory production increased 0.8% in February, its largest advance since last August, after a 0.9% drop in January. In a separate report, the New York Fed said its Empire State Business Conditions Index, which measures factory activity in the state, rose to 5.61 in March from 4.48 in February. New orders, shipments and inventories all increased. (Reuters)  Eurozone inflation slows in February, builds pressure on ECB – Inflation in the Eurozone unexpectedly slowed in February, maintaining pressure on the European Central Bank (ECB) to defend the currency bloc against falling prices. Eurostat, the European Union‟s statistics office said that consumer prices rose an annual 0.7%, down from 0.8% in January. That was below Eurostat‟s initial estimate of 0.8%. The rate has been hovering below 1% for five months. The ECB aims to keep inflation just around 2% and has blamed the strength of the Euro for keeping prices subdued. ECB‟s President Mario Draghi said after the Governing Council left the main refinancing rate at a record low of 0.25%, the central bank expects its key interest rates to remain at present levels for an extended period of time. (Bloomberg)  China home price growth slows in big cities on tight credit – Price growth for new homes in China slowed last month, amid the Chinese government tightening credit to rein in excessive borrowing and curb property prices. The National Bureau of Statistics said price rise was led by the top four cities, with prices in Beijing and the southern business hub of Shenzhen rising 0.2% MoM in February. That was the slowest pace since October 2012. Similarly, prices gained 0.4% in Shanghai, the smallest increase since November 2012, and 0.5% in Guangzhou. Prices climbed in 57 of the 70 cities tracked by the government. That compares with 62 in January. (Bloomberg)  Fitch: Global corporate rates remained low in 2013 – Leading ratings agency Fitch stated that the global corporate default rate has remained low in 2013 at 0.51%. In addition, the vast majority of ratings (81.7%) remained the same in 2013 with downgrades (9.8%) marginally topping upgrades (8.5%). The emerging market default rate stood at 1.12% and the developed market rate at 0.26%. Rating activity was similar to 2012 across both industrials and financials, with the exception that the share of financial institutions downgraded (8.4%) was down from 12.4% in 2012 and at the lowest level since 2007. Among advanced economies, downgrades continued to outpace upgrades by 1.3 to 1 in 2013, a modest improvement from 1.6 to 1 in 2012. By the end of 2013, 'BBB' rated issuers remained more abundant across the global financial and industrial entities –36% and 43% of outstanding ratings, respectively. (Fitch Ratings) Regional  Saudi, Belgian firms sign 15 partnership deals – Saudi Arabian and Belgian companies have signed 15 business partnership agreements in different sectors, including infrastructure, health, renewable energy and other commercial sectors at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC). Most significant among these agreements is the partnership for the production of Glaxo Smith Kline‟s (GSK) vaccine in the Kingdom. CSC Chairman, Abdullah Al-Mobty, said that the volume of trade between the two countries increased from around $1.8bn in 2003 to around $6.8bn in 2012. (GulfBase.com)
  4. 4. Page 4 of 6  Hilton signs deal to build hotel in Jubail – Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Faisal Al-Ansari Contracting to build a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Jubail. The hotel is expected to be ready by 2016. The 125-room hotel will be located in the industrial heartland of the Kingdom‟s eastern province. (GulfBase.com)  S&P: rising infrastructure, corporate Sukuk issuance to boost Gulf capital markets – Standard & Poor‟s (S&P) said in its latest report “Industry Credit Outlook Growth”, increasing corporate and infrastructure sukuk issuance could lift the capital markets in the Gulf. S&P said that the Gulf‟s capital markets in 2014 are likely to be steady as compared to 2013, although low yields could ultimately push up issuance. S&P sees evidence of robust demand for capital market issues in the region so far this year due to factors such as low interest rates, positive economic fundamentals, regulations to support capital markets, rising demand for Islamic finance, and the continued need for infrastructure investment in GCC. The ratings agency has forecast 5% average GDP growth for GCC countries in 2014 based on sustained high oil prices. Issue volumes in GCC capital markets are likely to stay stable or strengthen slightly in 2014, depending largely on interest rate developments. (Bloomberg)  S&P: Emaar’s retail spin-off plan will not affect rating – Standard & Poor‟s (S&P) plans no rating action on Dubai-based Emaar Properties after the Emirate‟s largest listed developer announced plans to spin off its retail unit. S&P‟s Director of Corporate Ratings Tommy Trask said Emaar‟s strong reputation with investors for delivering projects, along with its ability to collect healthy deposits on the off-plan developments meant that the company was cash-rich. (Gulf-Times.com)  Emirates Steel said to ask banks to cut $1.3bn loan rate – According to sources, Emirates Steel is seeking to cut the interest rate on its $1.3bn loan after banks offered to lend more than four times that amount. Sources said the company is offering to pay 160 basis points over the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), compared with the 200 basis points it expected to pay in September 2013. Emirates Steel is renegotiating the terms after 30 banks offered to lend it more than $5.5bn. Loan proceeds will be used to refinance an existing $1.1bn loan, which pays 250 basis points over LIBOR. (Bloomberg)  MAF to set up cinemas in Qatar, GCC countries – Dubai- based shopping mall developer Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) will invest over AED750mn to expand its cinema operations in the Middle East and aims to double its audience figures by 2016. Chief Executive of MAF subsidiary Majid Al Futtaim - Cinemas, Cameron Mitchell said the company will invest AED190mn on cinemas in Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. In the UAE, MAF will spend AED275mn in revamping and expanding its Dubai operations, alng with another AED290mn in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Mitchell said that at present, the company‟s cinema unit has 92 screens at eight locations in the UAE and one in Lebanon, with 80 more screens under construction and a further 78 in the pipeline. This increase would give the company 250 screens by the end of 2017. (Gulf-Times.com)  Green Valley to invest AED1.5bn in UAE – Green Valley International Real Estate is planning major investments in iconic developments worth AED1.5bn across the UAE and AED1bn in Turkey. The new developments include a landmark residential project in Dubai Sports City, which will encompass a total of 200 apartments in various sizes. The developments in Turkey include a huge project in Trabzon with its expanded scope of 300 apartments. Green Valley further announced that the total number of villas in its Bursa project in Turkey has been expanded from 57 to 80. (GulfBase.com)  ADX: UAE’s investment appetite strengthens – The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange‟s (ADX) CEO, Rashid Al Baloushi said that investment appetite in the UAE was returning strongly both at the public and private levels, which is set to further strengthen. Al Baloushi highlighted the role of developing countries and the impact of their stock markets in driving economic development and sustainable growth. (GulfBase.com)  du Telecom, PiSlice form micro-lending partnership – Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du Telecom) and Pi Slice have formed a micro-lending partnership in the MENA region. As part of the partnership, du Telecom and Pi Slice have launched a lending webpage to encourage the wider community toward micro-lending. This page will feature a list of unique MENA-based projects that are in need of finance and individuals can choose to provide support for the project of their choice. (GulfBase.com)  Damac launches sales of Trump Estates – Damac Properties has launched the sales of the highly anticipated Trump Estates, which is a limited edition collection of 100 luxury villas set within the Akoya by Damac master development in Dubai. It will be the first Trump Estates branded villas in the Middle East region. (GulfBase.com)  Al Hamra launches Falcon Island development –UAE property developer Al Hamra Real Estate Development has launched the multi-million dollar Falcon Island luxury development in Ras Al Khaimah. The project will strive to attain the ultimate Platinum level, the highest possible „Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design‟ (LEED) rating. It will feature 150 villas and waterfront mansions with private beaches, canals and parks. Construction is set to commence next June, with all properties slated to be handed over in December 2016. (Ameinfo.com)  DWTC awards Al Futtaim Carillion contract for DTCD Phase 1 – Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has awarded Al Futtaim Carillion the main contract worth approximately AED375mn for Phase 1 delivery of the Dubai Trade Centre District (DTCD). DTCD is a 146,000 square meters development between the current Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Emirates Towers in the heart of the city‟s Central Business District (CBD). The initial phase, which includes an eight storey office building and business/tourism hotel, will see work beginning next month, with a scheduled completion during 3Q2015. (Bloomberg)  Trident International to resume construction of world’s tallest residential tower – According to sources, Dubai-based developer, Trident International Holdings (TIH) is set to restart work by 3Q2014, on the 516-metre tall The Pentominium, billed as the world's tallest residential tower. The sources said that in conjunction with the Dubai Land Department, TIH is actively working on several advanced options towards restarting the construction of this project. Located in Dubai Marina, the tower was scheduled for completion in 2013, but work was suspended in August 2011 following the global financial crisis and customer default. When completed, the residential tower will have 122 floors above ground and house 172 luxury penthouses designed by Italian fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo.  DEWA records 3.3% rise in power demand in Dubai – The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has recorded a 3.3% rise in power demand in 2013 as its customer base climbed 4.4% to 652,200. The peak load grew to 6,857MW in 2013 from 6,637MW in 2012 and the system requirements for
  5. 5. Page 5 of 6 electricity reached 37,478 gigawatts per hour (GWh) in 2013 compared to 36,299GWh in 2012 with a growth of 3.24%. Peak demand for water reached 296mn gallons per day as compared to 285mn in 2012 with an increase of 3.85%. The number of water consumers increased by 4.4% to 580,678 from 554,985 during the same period. (GulfBase.com)  DI’s BoD recommends 7% cash dividend, 5% bonus shares – Dubai Investments‟ (DI) board of directors has recommended the distribution of 7% cash dividend and 5% bonus shares for the year ended December 31, 2013. (DFM)  DME, TOCOM sign MoU to develop energy contracts – The Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) and the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) have signed a MoU for the development of energy contracts, such as crude oil. The two exchanges will explore areas of cooperation ranging from joint marketing activities, and offering new services to facilitate trading for participants in both markets. The collaboration would play an important role in offering energy products such as liquefied natural gas and electricity and the launch of energy-related over- the-counter trading services. (Reuters)  SCAD: Abu Dhabi’s non-oil economy expands almost 10% in 2013 – According to preliminary figures released by the Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD), Abu Dhabi‟s non-oil economy expanded by almost 10% in 2013 despite an overall slowdown in nominal growth. The information and communication sector led the way for the year with an annual GDP growth of 15.29%, followed by manufacturing (12.56%) and accommodation and food services (11.62%). As per early figures, Abu Dhabi‟s nominal GDP – calculated using current prices – grew 4.8% to AED953.2bn during 2013. According to SCAD, this compares with nominal GDP growth of 7.4% in 2012. As per the SCAD data, a narrowing in growth in the emirate‟s oil and gas sector was the main factor behind the slowdown. Oil and gas accounted for 55% of Abu Dhabi‟s GDP in 2013, as compared to 57% in 2012. (Bloomberg)  NCSI: Inflation rate in Sultanate stood at 1.15% in January – According to a report released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the rate of annual inflation in the Oman in January 2014 stood at 1.15% as compared to January 2013 figures, while the monthly inflation rate from December 2013 to January 2014 increased by 0.16%. As per the NCSI figures, the increase in food prices from January 2013 to January 2014 accounted for a significant proportion of price rises within the consumer price index, with overall food prices increasing by 3.83% over the 12-month period, followed by housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels which recorded an annual increase of 1.38%. (Bloomberg)  NDC declares 40% cash dividend – The National Detergent Company‟s (NDC) AGM has approved the distribution of 40% cash dividend (40 baizas per share) for the year ended December 31, 2013. (GulfBase.com)  Galfar wins OMR22.7mn tunnel construction contract – Galfar Engineering & Contracting Company has been awarded a contract worth OMR22.7mn for the construction of tunnels along the existing Al Batinah Road Project (Phase 3). The tender has been awarded by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The project needs to be completed in 608 days in addition to 120 days for mobilization. (MSM)  Duqm fishing port to be ready by 2016 – According to Undersecretary of Fisheries Wealth, Hamed Said Al Oufi, Oman‟s largest fishing harbour in Duqm is expected to be ready by 2016. The cost of the project will be OMR35mn and the construction is expected to start later in 2014. The port would accommodate not only Omani fleets but also fleets from other countries passing through the Indian Ocean. A large area at the back of Duqm fishing port would be allocated for Fisheries Industrial Estate where around 60 processing plants and related facilities, including cold storages, training and administrative buildings, would be set up. (GulfBase.com)  CCED’s output crosses 23,000 bpd in Oman – CC Energy Development (CCED) has achieved production of over 23,000 bpd of crude oil from its two oil concession areas in Oman. CCED‟s CEO, Shahrock Etebar, said that the company has built 20km of pipeline to transport oil to the facilities of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), besides setting up two permanent facilities. CCED is the operator of Block 3 and Block 4 concession areas and holds 50% stake, while Tethys Oil and Mitsui hold the remaining stake. Etebar further added that CCED has produced 3.2mn barrels of oil in the first phase of its operation, while in the second phase, it has touched 875,000 barrels so far. (GulfBase.com)  GMPCO finalizes OMR6mn compost project – Gulf Mushroom Products Company (GMPCO) announced that it has finalized a new compost project in Thumrait for an estimated cost of OMR6mn. Further, the company has decided to make 13 new growing rooms in Barka for an estimated cost of OMR1.8mn, which together will increase its mushroom production capacity by more than 100%. (MSM)  Al Kamil Power declares 10% cash dividend – Al Kamil Power Company‟s AGM has approved the board‟s proposal for distribution of 10% cash dividend (OMR0.1 per share) to the shareholders. (MSM)  Bank Alkhair posts $4.7mn net profit in 2013 – Bahrain- based Bank Alkhair reported a return to profitability by posting a net profit of $4.7mn for 2013, as against a loss of $39.8mn in 2012. This return was mainly driven by income from “gain on acquisition of assets held for sale”, income from investment securities, fees, commissions and improved operating efficiency. Net profit for 4Q2013 was $4.1mn as compared to a loss of $13.9mn during 4Q2012. Total income increased to $34.7mn and total operating expenses reduced by 30% to $31.2mn as compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, the bank‟s total assets increased by 42% to $628.6mn. (Bloomberg)  Seef declares 10% cash dividend – Seef Properties‟ AGM has approved the board‟s proposal for distribution of 10% cash dividend (10 fils per share) to the shareholders. (Bahrain Bourse)
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