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  1. 1. Page 1 of 6 QE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QE index declined 0.4% to close at 12,734.2. Losses were led by the Transportation and Industrials indices, declining 1.4% and 1.3% respectively. Top losers were Ezdan Holding Group and Aamal Co. falling 10.0% and 5.0% respectively. Among the top gainers, Qatar General Ins. & Reins. Co. rose 2.3%, while Mannai Corp. gained 1.6%. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI index rose 0.1% to close at 9,731.5. Gains were led by Media & Pub. and Agri. & Food Ind. indices, rising 6.3% and 1.7% respectively. Tihama and Al Alamiya Coop. Ins. gained 9.9% each. Dubai: The DFM index declined 4.1% to close at 4,655.7. The Services index fell 6.9%, while the Banking Index was down 5.4%. Arabtec Holding declined 8.6%, while National Central Cooling Co. was down 6.9%. Abu Dhabi: The ADX benchmark index fell 2.5% to close at 4,749.9. The Real Estate index declined 4.6%, while Services index was down 3.3%. International Fish Farming Co. fell 9.7%, while Union Ins. Co. was down 9.2%. Kuwait: The KSE index gained 0.4% to close at 7,379.8. The Oil & Gas index rose 2.6%, while the Real Estate index was up 0.8%. Flex Resorts & Real Estate Co. gained 10.0%, while Alrai Media Group Co. was up 8.6%. Oman: The MSM index rose 0.3% to close at 6,796.7. Gains were led by the Financial and Services indices, rising 0.6% and 0.1% respectively. National Gas gained 7.5%, while HSBC Bank Oman was up 2.7%. Bahrain: The BHB index fell 0.3% to close at 1,450.4. The Commercial Banking index declined 0.7%, while other indices remained unchanged or ended in green. BBK fell 1.9%, while Ahli United Bank was down 1.8%. Qatar Exchange Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Qatar General Ins. & Reins. Co. 44.00 2.3 1.0 10.2 Mannai Corp. 117.50 1.6 10.9 30.7 United Development Co. 25.65 1.4 1,218.5 19.1 Masraf Al Rayan 49.90 0.8 1,536.9 59.4 Gulf International Services 96.70 0.7 187.7 98.2 Qatar Exchange Top Vol. Trad. Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Ezdan Holding Group 27.10 (10.0) 7,758.0 59.4 Vodafone Qatar 18.05 (0.8) 1,998.1 68.5 Masraf Al Rayan 49.90 0.8 1,536.9 59.4 United Development Co. 25.65 1.4 1,218.5 19.1 Qatar Gas Transport Co. 23.65 (1.5) 1,080.7 16.8 Market Indicators 20 May 14 19 May 14 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 961.4 947.2 1.5 Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 711,644.3 724,123.1 (1.7) Volume (mn) 22.0 21.2 3.5 Number of Transactions 10,086 10,167 (0.8) Companies Traded 43 42 2.4 Market Breadth 14:26 4:37 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 18,989.36 (0.4) (2.8) 28.0 N/A All Share Index 3,238.72 (0.6) (2.8) 25.2 15.5 Banks 3,097.09 (0.3) (2.6) 26.7 15.4 Industrials 4,320.06 (1.3) (4.1) 23.4 16.8 Transportation 2,283.54 (1.4) (4.2) 22.9 14.7 Real Estate 2,642.76 0.6 (0.5) 35.3 13.2 Insurance 3,228.36 0.5 (2.2) 38.2 8.5 Telecoms 1,706.94 (0.7) (1.2) 17.4 23.9 Consumer 7,009.03 (0.4) (1.2) 17.8 27.4 Al Rayan Islamic Index 4,231.00 (0.3) (2.3) 39.4 18.4 GCC Top Gainers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Investbank Abu Dhabi 3.30 10.0 402.5 34.9 Tihama Saudi Arabia 365.00 9.9 148.1 232.6 Gulf Pharmaceutical Abu Dhabi 3.35 9.1 1.0 12.7 A. Othaim Market Saudi Arabia 95.08 5.6 1,632.1 52.4 Kuwait Cement Co. Kuwait 0.43 4.9 19.2 17.8 GCC Top Losers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Ezdan Holding Group Qatar 27.10 (10.0) 7,758.0 59.4 Arabtec Holding Co. Dubai 6.24 (8.6) 117,637.1 204.4 Abu Dhabi Nat. Hotels Abu Dhabi 3.20 (8.6) 526.0 3.2 Com. Bank Of Dubai Dubai 5.50 (6.8) 200.0 27.6 Emirates NBD Dubai 9.00 (6.7) 462.1 41.7 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% Ezdan Holding Group 27.10 (10.0) 7,758.0 59.4 Aamal Co. 17.10 (5.0) 743.8 14.0 Qatari Investors Group 64.60 (2.9) 188.8 47.8 Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding 32.85 (2.8) 1,034.8 228.5 Ahli Bank 51.00 (2.7) 0.5 20.5 Qatar Exchange Top Val. Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% Ezdan Holding Group 27.10 (10.0) 216,666.5 59.4 QNB Group 185.00 0.0 96,667.1 7.6 Industries Qatar 179.00 (1.1) 85,321.1 6.0 Masraf Al Rayan 49.90 0.8 76,341.8 59.4 Ooredoo 144.60 (0.6) 41,941.9 5.4 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* 12,734.15 (0.4) (2.8) 0.4 22.7 264.07 195,488.7 15.9 2.2 3.9 Dubai 4,655.71 (4.1) (10.1) (8.0) 38.2 701.71 87,492.9 18.7 1.8 2.2 Abu Dhabi 4,749.87 (2.5) (5.4) (5.8) 10.7 226.59 131,630.8 13.9 1.7 3.6 Saudi Arabia 9,731.46 0.1 (0.8) 1.5 14.0 2,855.81 526,842.6 19.4 2.4 2.9 Kuwait 7,379.79 0.4 (0.3) (0.4) (2.2) 73.20 114,522.5 15.3 1.2 3.8 Oman 6,796.65 0.3 0.9 1.0 (0.6) 13.13 24,683.2 12.4 1.7 3.9 Bahrain 1,450.44 (0.3) (0.9) 1.6 16.1 1.11 53,776.3 10.5 1.0 4.7 Source: Bloomberg, Qatar Exchange, Tadawul, Muscat Securities Exchange, Dubai Financial Market and Zawya (** TTM; * Value traded ($ mn) do not include special trades, if any) 12,650 12,700 12,750 12,800 12,850 12,900 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 declined 0.4% to close at 12,734.2. The Transportation and Industrials indices led the losses. The index fell on the back of selling pressure from Qatari shareholders despite buying support from non-Qatari shareholders.  Ezdan Holding Group and Aamal Co. were the top losers, falling 10.0% and 5.0% respectively. Among the top gainers, Qatar General Ins. & Reins. Co. rose 2.3%, while Mannai Corp. gained 1.6%.  Volume of shares traded on Tuesday rose by 3.5% to 22.0mn from 21.2mn on Monday. However, as compared to the 30-day moving average of 30.1mn, volume for the day was 27.1% lower. Ezdan Holding Group and Vodafone Qatar were the most active stocks, contributing 35.3% and 9.1% to the total volume respectively. Source: Qatar Exchange (* as a % of traded value) Ratings, Earnings and Global Economic Data Ratings Updates Company Agency Market Type* Old Rating New Rating Rating Change Outlook Outlook Change Bank Al Bilad Moody’s Saudi Arabia LCR /FCR/ BFSR – A2 / P-1 / C- – Stable – Source: News reports (* LT – Long Term, ST – Short Term, BFSR- Banking Financial Strength Rating, FCR – Foreign Currency Rating, LCR – Local Currency Rating, IDR – Issuer Default Rating, SR – Support Rating, LC – Local Currency) Earnings Releases Company Market Currency Revenue (mn)1Q2014 % Change YoY Operating Profit (mn) 1Q2014 % Change YoY Net Profit (mn) 1Q2014 % Change YoY Egypt Kuwait Holding Co. (EKH) Kuwait KD – – – – 6.0 20.5% Arabi Holding Group Co. (AGHC) Kuwait KD – – – – 0.3 24.6% Mushrif Trading & Contracting Co. (MTCC) Kuwait KD – – – – 0.7 27.5% Al-Massaleh Real Estate Co. Kuwait KD – – – – 0.0 -92.9% Salbookh Trading Co. (STC) Kuwait KD – – – – 0.1 91.9% Wethaq Takaful Insurance Co. Kuwait KD – – – – 0.3 153.0% Combined Group Contracting Co. (CGC) Kuwait KD – – – – 0.6 -78.0% Kuwait & Middle East Financial Investment Co. (KMEFIC) Kuwait KD – – – – 0.2 -46.0% Gulf Finance House (GFH) Kuwait KD – – – – 0.1 -79.6% Kuwait Real Estate Co. (KREC) Kuwait KD – – – – 1.8 9.2% Alshamel International Holding Co. Kuwait KD – – – – 0.1 -81.8% Global Investment House Bahrain KD 6.1 86.0% – – 3.1 NA Source: Company data, DFM, ADX, MSM Global Economic Data Date Market Source Indicator Period Actual Consensus Previous 05/20 Germany Destatis PPI MoM April -0.10% 0.00% -0.30% 05/20 Germany Destatis PPI YoY April -0.90% -0.90% -0.90% 05/20 UK ONS CPI MoM April 0.40% 0.30% 0.20% 05/20 UK ONS CPI YoY April 1.80% 1.70% 1.60% 05/20 UK ONS CPI Core YoY April 2.00% 1.80% 1.60% 05/20 UK ONS Retail Price Index April 255.7 256.1 254.8 05/20 UK ONS RPI MoM April 0.40% 0.50% 0.20% 05/20 UK ONS RPI YoY April 2.50% 2.60% 2.50% 05/20 UK ONS RPI Ex Mort Int.Payments (YoY) April 2.60% 2.70% 2.50% 05/20 UK ONS PPI Input NSA MoM April -1.10% -0.20% -0.40% 05/20 UK ONS PPI Input NSA YoY April -5.50% -4.90% -6.30% 05/20 UK ONS PPI Output NSA MoM April 0.00% 0.20% 0.20% 05/20 UK ONS PPI Output NSA YoY April 0.60% 0.70% 0.50% 05/20 UK ONS PPI Output Core NSA MoM April 0.00% 0.10% 0.20% Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari 53.20% 56.22% (28,900,515.95) Non-Qatari 46.79% 43.79% 28,900,515.95
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Page 3 of 6 05/20 UK ONS PPI Output Core NSA YoY April 1.00% 1.00% 1.10% 05/20 UK ONS ONS House Price YoY Mar 8.00% 9.60% 9.20% 05/20 Italy ISTAT Industrial Sales MoM March 0.30% – -1.40% 05/20 Italy ISTAT Industrial Sales WDA YoY March 2.70% – 1.30% 05/20 Italy ISTAT Industrial Orders MoM March 1.30% 0.30% -3.20% 05/20 Italy ISTAT Industrial Orders NSA YoY March 2.80% 3.50% 2.80% 05/20 Italy Banca D'Italia Current Account Balance March 1005M – 298M 05/20 Japan MITI All Industry Activity Index MoM March 1.50% 1.60% -1.10% 05/20 Japan ESRI Leading Index CI March 107.1 – 106.5 05/20 Japan ESRI Coincident Index March 114.5 – 114.0 Source: Bloomberg (s.a. = seasonally adjusted; n.s.a. = non-seasonally adjusted; w.d.a. = working day adjusted) News Qatar  VFQS’ March 31, 2014 customer base reaches 1,327,000, which is right in line with our estimate – Vodafone Qatar (VFQS) continues to expand its mobile customer base in Qatar, growing its number of customers by 22% YoY to reach 1,327,000 customers as at March 31, 2014. VFQS’ CEO Kyle Whitehill said that 62% of Qatar’s population is using VFQS’ services every month, which is a great achievement for the company’s shareholders, staff and partners. Reported mobile subscriber base came in around 1% below our estimate of 1,340,149. VFQS reports FY2014 results after its board meeting on May 27, 2014 and we continue to expect improving financial metrics. We are projecting QR543mn in revenue for 4QFY2014 (+7% QoQ, +25% YoY). We model net loss to decline to QR50mn versus QR53mn and QR74mn in December 2013 and March 2013 quarters, respectively. Finally, we continue to expect VFQS to pay QR0.10 in DPS for FY2014. We rate VFQS an Underperform with a price target of QR13.95. (VFQS Press release, QNBFS Research)  CEBR: Qatar must boost manufacturing base, labor productivity – According to a report by the Centre for Economics & Business Research (CEBR), a partner of the global body of chartered accountants (ICAEW), with global oil prices expected to decline in the long term, Qatar must step up efforts to strengthen its manufacturing base and enhance labor productivity. CEBR said commodities account for 93% of Qatar’s total goods exports by value, while manufacturing activities account for less than 10% of goods export revenues. ICAEW’s Executive Director Vernon Soare said strong investment will continue to see growth in Qatar outpacing the rest of the world. But the prospect of falling oil prices due to increasing global supply, will put pressure on the Gulf country to diversify and grow its high-tech manufacturing industries. (Gulf-Times.com)  Real estate market sees revival again – After weeks of stagnation, Qatar’s real estate market has begun to show signs of revival, which is evident from QR1.63bn worth of transactions concluded in the week ended on May 15, 2014. Around 242 transactions were recorded by the Real Estate Registration Department at the Ministry of Justice in the week from May 11 to 15, 2014. According to sources, the total value was QR1.63bn, up from less than QR1bn worth of deals in the previous weeks. Meanwhile, real estate expert, Khalifa Al Muslemani said that the demand for real estate was high at the moment and the sector is set to witness 25% growth in the first half of this year over the corresponding period of 2013, fuelled by demand. (Peninsula Qatar)  Mesaimeer tunnel work begins – The Public Work Authority’s (Ashghal) President Engineer Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi inaugurated the excavation works for Mesaimeer Surface & Ground Water Tunneling, a significant project undertaken to enhance Qatar’s drainage network. Excavation is being carried out by technologically advanced tunnel boring machines that are being used for the first time in Qatar. The tunnel will run under F-Ring Road, stretching 9.7 kilometers. It will run 5.4 kilometers from Al Thummama to the west and 4.3 kilometers to the east to the planned pumping station near the new Hamad International Airport. The tunnel will alleviate Doha’s storm water by transporting it from a 170km catchment area, covering southern and western parts of greater Doha. (Peninsula Qatar) International  US export control reforms help US firms – According to a US Commerce Department official, export control reforms are helping companies in the US to sell more goods overseas at a time when US defense spending is declining. Commerce Undersecretary Eric Hirschhorn said that moving some items from the State Department's tightly controlled munitions list to the Commerce Department's list of items that could be more easily exported to allies was speeding up the export process and helping US companies. He said it would also eliminate the ability of US competitors to market their products as ITAR-free or not requiring tough reviews required under the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) law. Hirschhorn added there has been more receptiveness among European allies to buy parts that are under the Commerce Department's jurisdiction. (Reuters)  ONS: UK inflation rises for first time in 10 months in April – British inflation rose in April for the first time in 10 months, but as the increase was partly due to a late Easter holiday, which pushed up transport costs, it was unlikely to alter interest rate expectations. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that growth in house prices eased in March, potentially tempering concerns about a bubble brewing in the property market, although more up-to-date surveys have shown prices are picking up again. ONS said the consumer price index rose more than expected to an annual rate of 1.8% in April, from 1.6% in March, which had been its lowest level in four years. It was the first rise in the CPI since June 2013, which was above a Reuters poll forecast of 1.7% in April. (Reuters)  MoF: Japan’s export growth remains tepid, dims outlook – Exports from Japan rose for the 14th straight month in April, but shipments to the US slowed, underlining concerns that the world's third-largest economy remains vulnerable to any fall in external demand. Data from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) showed that exports rose 5.1% in YTD-April 2014, as compared to a 4.8% gain expected by economists and a 1.8% rise in March. On a seasonally adjusted basis, exports rose a meager 0.6% in April from the previous month. With export growth below last year's levels as the effect of a weaker yen wears off, policymakers are becoming less confident of a lasting export upturn that would cushion a dip in domestic spending after Japan raised its sales tax to 8% from 5% on April 1, 2014. Analysts say the Bank of Japan may act if the trade
  4. 4. Page 4 of 6 performance falls short – a side effect of many firms moving production facilities offshore to escape the yen's strength. (Reuters)  China employment situation stable in first four months – The Chinese labor ministry said that employment in China was basically stable in the first four months of 2014, with around 4.7mn new jobs created in cities. The ministry said that its priority is to help new graduates find work. Beijing has repeatedly stressed that employment is the first priority for the government, and economists also say it is the top factor that may trigger big-scale stimulus measures, if the economy continues to lose momentum. (Reuters) Regional  Kingdom to spend additional SR80bn on education – Saudi Education Minister, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, said that the Kingdom will spend an additional SR80bn to overhaul the country’s education system under a five-year plan. King Abdullah approved the plan, which includes building 1,500 nursery schools, training about 25,000 teachers, and establishing educational centers. Further, King Abdullah has approved an executive plan for a public education development project, which covers the provision of education through the private sector, linking schools with a broadband internet system, smart classrooms, computer systems for e-learning, setting up specialized schools, support for clubs, construction of new buildings, maintenance of existing schools, and enhancing safety systems. (GulfBase.com)  WALAA appoints advisor to manage rights issue – Saudi United Cooperative Insurance Company (WALAA) has assigned Al Jazira Capital as the financial advisor to manage its offering rights issue. (Tadawul)  UCA appoints advisor to manage rights issue – United Cooperative Assurance Co. (UCA) has assigned BMG Financial Group as the financial advisor to manage its offering rights issue. (Tadawul)  Zamil Towers & Galvanizing wins SR120mn contract from AETCON – Zamil Industrial Investment Company’s subsidiary, Zamil Towers & Galvanizing Company Ltd., has been awarded a contract worth SR120mn by the Arabian Electrical Transmission Line Construction Company (AETCON). The contract is for supply of lattice transmission line towers and gantries for the 380kV overhead transmission lines between Tabarjal Bulk Supply Point (BSP) and Waad Al Shamaal BSP, as well as between Qurayyat BSP and Waad Al-Shamaal BSP, owned by the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). The duration of the contract is 16 months, with the company set to begin supply of the towers and gantries in 3Q2014. (Tadawul)  Saudi CMA approves Bahri’s SR787.5mn capital increase – Saudi CMA’s board has approved the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia’s (Bahri) request to increase its capital from SR3.15bn to SR3.94bn. The company intends to use the proceeds to merge the fleet and operations of Vela International Marine Ltd with itself. (Tadawul)  Al-Khodari Sons signs ICF agreement for SR300mn; renews ICF deal with ARB – Abdullah A. M. Al-Khodari Sons Company (Al-Khodari Sons) has signed an Islamic credit facilities (ICF) agreement with Bank Al Bilad for SR300mn. 33% of the facilities shall be utilized under Murabaha financing and 67% are for multi-bonds and documentary credit till the expiry of credit agreement, which may be renewed after March 29, 2015. Similarly, Al-Khodari Sons signed a renewal of its Islamic credit facilities agreement with Al Rajhi Bank (ARB) for SR245mn. 61% of the facilities shall be utilized under Murabaha financing and 39% are for multi-bonds and documentary credit till their expiry, which may be renewed after March 31, 2015. Both the facilities are secured by promissory notes and assignment of the contract proceeds of specific financed projects. The company intends to use the proceeds for providing bonding commitments, fund capital requirements, working capital and for general corporate purposes. (Tadawul)  Saudi central bank sees gradual easing of inflation in 2Q2014 – Saudi's central bank is expecting the country’s annual inflation rate to continue easing gradually in 2Q2014. Consumer price growth in Saudi Arabia has been easing gradually since hitting a peak of 4.0% in April 2013. It edged up marginally to 2.7% in April 2014 from 2.6% in March. (Reuters)  Saudi Aramco to build three new refineries – The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) is planning to build three fully-transformative refineries at 400,000 bpd each. The company is building the refineries in Jazan, Satorp, a JV with Total, Yaserf, a JV with Sonic, in addition to building or expanding two world-class chemical complexes: Sadara complex, a JV with Daewoo Chemical and Petro Rabigh complex, a JV with Somitomo Chemical. (GulfBase.com)  GS E&C wins $1.44bn UAE crude oil processing plant contract – South Korea-based GS Engineering & Construction Corporation (GS E&C) has won a $1.44bn contract for crude oil processing plant in the UAE by forming a consortium with a local partner. The third phase of the Rumaitha-Shanayel oil field expansion project calls for GS E&C to build most of the facilities related to oil processing, with its partner Dodsal to handle the design and construction of the oil & gas pipelines and support facilities. GS E&C will hold a 51% stake, while the remaining stake will be held by Dodsal. GS E&C share of the project, ordered by the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations, stands at $730mn. (Bloomberg)  Etisalat bids for minority stakes in Maroc Telecom – Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has made a full bid for minority shareholdings in Maroc Telecom. Etisalat had recently bought Vivendi’s 53% stake in Maroc Telecom for €4.14bn. Further, the company has agreed to sell its operations in several West African countries to Maroc Telecom for $650mn in a move to unify its African units. (Reuters)  Emirates GBC signs SLA with DCL – Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) has signed a service level agreement (SLA) with the Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) for testing of green building materials and products. As per the agreement, DCL will perform the required tests and certify the products and materials of Emirates GBC’s members as per international standards. (GulfBase.com)  ADPC Marine Services moves entire fleet to Tasneef – Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has moved its entire fleet of tug boats operated by its subsidiary ADPC Marine Services to the UAE’s classification society, Tasneef. The new contracts will cover each vessel for five years and will give Tasneef the authority to inspect the vessels for adherence to international accredited technical standards. Tasneef will carry out regular surveys of vessels to ensure continuing compliance. (GulfBase.com)  ADIB signs preliminary deal in $2bn Amlak debt overhaul – Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) has signed a tentative agreement for $2bn debt overhaul with mortgage company, Amlak Finance. The prospective accord includes a temporary waiver on a certain part of the principal. ADIB is a part of a six- member creditor committee negotiating Amlak’s debt restructuring. The committee, chaired by Emirates NBD,
  5. 5. Page 5 of 6 includes Standard Chartered, Dubai Islamic Bank, Dubai’s Department of Finance and the National Bonds Corp. (Bloomberg)  Al Batinah Power, Al Suwadi Power IPOs open – Al Batinah Power Company and Al Suwadi Power Company have announced the opening of their IPOs for subscription in Oman, which will culminate with a listing of their respective shares on the Muscat Securities Market. The founding shareholders are selling these shares to the public to comply with their obligations in project founders’ agreements signed with government-owned Electricity Holding Company in 2010. Their IPOs, which opened on May 11, 2014, will close on June 09, 2014. It is open for both Omani and non-Omani investors. (Bloomberg)  CBO approves stake raising requests from Omnivest, OHTC – The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) has approved Oman International Development & Investment Company’s (Omnivest) request to increase its stake in the National Finance Company from 24.22% to 35%. Additionally, CBO has approved Oman Hotels & Tourism Company’s (OHTC) application to raise its holding in the United Finance Company from 20.44% to 35%. Further, the CBO’s board approved an application of finance companies to allow them to extend finance for building warehouses. (Bloomberg)  CBO: Omani banks can withstand severe shocks – The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) said Omani banks have enough capital to withstand the impact of severe shocks to the country’s economy, after conducting stress tests on the banking system. Oman, which pegs its rial to the US dollar, has a conservative approach to financial regulation and many banks operating in the country are mainly focused on the Sultanate or the Gulf region, which limits exposure to external shocks. The country is also grappling with rising pressure on its public finances after it ramped up spending by more than 27% from 2011 to 2013, mainly on welfare schemes and thousands of new state jobs. (Peninsula Qatar)  GIB raises SR2bn with bond issue – Bahrain-based Gulf International Bank (GIB) has announced the successful completion of a senior unsecured SR2bn five-year floating rate notes issuance. The notes were issued at a spread of 72.5 basis points above three-month Saudi Arabia Interbank Offered Rate (SAIBOR). The order book was more than 1.7 times oversubscribed, reaching SR3.4bn. The joint lead managers and book runners for the offering were GIB Capital, NCB Capital Company, Samba Capital and the Investment Management Company and Saudi Fransi Capital. (GulfBase.com)  Investcorp hires JPMorgan for Esmalglass sale – According to sources, Investcorp Bank has hired JPMorgan Chase & Company to sell Spanish ceramics-products maker, Esmalglass. The transaction may value Esmalglass at about €800mn. Investcorp’s preferred option is a sale to a private-equity firm or another manufacturer, but there is also a possibility of an IPO. In August 2012, Investcorp bought a majority stake in Esmalglass from 3i Group in a deal valued at about €200mn. (Bloomberg)  ABG plans sukuk issues – Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG) is planning to issue subordinated Islamic bonds through its South African and Pakistani units to boost its regulatory capital. (GulfBase.com)
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