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  1. 1. Page 1 of 7 QE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QE index rose 2.6% to close at 13,008.2. Gains were led by the Telecoms and Banking & Financial Services indices, gaining 3.9% and 3.5% respectively. Top gainers were QNB Group and Ooredoo, rising 5.5% and 4.2% respectively. Among the top losers, Qatar Cinema & Film Dist. Co. fell 2.7%, while Mannai Corp. declined 1.6%. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI index fell 0.2% to close at 9,750.9. The Media & Publishing Index declined 7.2%, while Transport index was down 1.9%. Tihama fell 10.0%, while Saudi Indian Co. for Coop. Ins. was down 9.7%. Dubai: The DFM index rose 0.3% to close at 4,864.0. The Investment & Financial Services index gained 1.4% while Banking index was up 1.3%. Commercial Bank of Dubai rose 8.1%, while Ajman Bank was up 4.8%. Abu Dhabi: The ADX benchmark index rose 2.0% to close at 4,925.7. The Banking index gained 3.7%, while other indices ended in red. RAK White Cement rose 12.7%, while First Gulf Bank was up 6.5%. Kuwait: The KSE index fell 0.4% to close at 7,346.8. The Consumer Services index declined 1.6%, while Basic Material index was down 1.0%. Zima Holding Co. fell 16.9%, while Al-Nawadi Holding Co. was down 7.1%. Oman: The MSM index declined 0.2% to close at 6,744.1. Losses were led by the Financial and Industrial indices, falling 0.5% and 0.4% respectively. Al Sharqia Inv. Holding declined 3.4%, while Galfar Eng. & Con. was down 3.1%. Bahrain: The BHB index gained 0.5% to close at 1,459.5. The Comm. Bank index rose 1.2%, while other indices remained flat or ended in red. Al Ahli United Bank gained 2.4%, while Bahrain Islamic Bank was up 0.6%. Qatar Exchange Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% QNB Group 192.00 5.5 356.5 11.6 Ooredoo 148.50 4.2 818.9 8.2 Masraf Al Rayan 52.10 3.8 3,138.7 66.5 Qatar Islamic Bank 95.00 3.7 558.5 37.7 National Leasing 32.15 3.0 1,132.7 6.6 Qatar Exchange Top Vol. Trades Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Vodafone Qatar 18.35 2.9 6,481.5 71.3 Masraf Al Rayan 52.10 3.8 3,138.7 66.5 United Development Co. 26.15 1.2 2,709.7 21.5 Ezdan Holding Group 27.25 (0.9) 1,578.1 60.3 Barwa Real Estate Co. 39.20 1.8 1,500.7 31.5 Market Indicators 22 May 14 21 May 14 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 1,158.6 776.7 49.2 Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 724,621.1 709,180.8 2.2 Volume (mn) 24.1 16.3 47.9 Number of Transactions 9,827 9,344 5.2 Companies Traded 43 43 0.0 Market Breadth 33:9 20:19 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 19,397.98 2.6 (0.7) 30.8 N/A All Share Index 3,301.47 2.3 (0.9) 27.6 15.8 Banks 3,193.65 3.5 0.4 30.7 15.9 Industrials 4,379.90 1.4 (2.7) 25.1 17.1 Transportation 2,278.25 0.9 (4.4) 22.6 14.6 Real Estate 2,676.49 1.7 0.8 37.0 13.4 Insurance 3,259.26 0.7 (1.3) 39.5 8.6 Telecoms 1,749.20 3.9 1.2 20.3 24.4 Consumer 6,930.06 (0.5) (2.3) 16.5 27.1 Al Rayan Islamic Index 4,316.48 2.1 (0.4) 42.2 18.8 GCC Top Gainers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% National Medical Care Saudi Arabia 77.00 8.8 8,235.1 42.1 Comm. Bank Of Dubai Dubai 6.00 8.1 138.9 39.2 First Gulf Bank Abu Dhabi 17.25 6.5 5,162.2 19.3 QNB Group Qatar 192.00 5.5 356.5 11.6 Bank Of Sharjah Abu Dhabi 2.00 5.3 1,000.0 11.7 GCC Top Losers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Tihama Saudi Arabia 361.50 (10.0) 505.8 229.4 Gulf Pharma. Ind. Abu Dhabi 3.09 (6.4) 8,698.2 3.9 Abu Dhabi Nat. Hotels Abu Dhabi 3.01 (5.9) 18.2 (2.9) RAKBANK Abu Dhabi 8.00 (5.9) 50.0 12.0 United Real Estate Co. Kuwait 0.11 (3.6) 136.6 (8.5) 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% Qatar Cinema & Film Dist. Co 41.35 (2.7) 5.1 3.1 Mannai Corp. 118.00 (1.6) 6.2 31.3 Aamal Co. 17.23 (1.5) 168.2 14.9 Qatar Fuel Co. 223.90 (1.4) 430.7 2.5 Zad Holding Co. 75.60 (1.2) 7.8 8.8 Qatar Exchange Top Val. Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% Masraf Al Rayan 52.10 3.8 161,562.5 66.5 Ooredoo 148.50 4.2 119,624.0 8.2 Vodafone Qatar 18.35 2.9 117,766.6 71.3 Qatar Fuel Co. 223.90 (1.4) 96,239.4 2.5 United Development Co. 26.15 1.2 70,620.0 21.5 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* 13,008.16 2.6 (0.7) 2.6 25.3 318.23 199,053.4 16.2 2.2 3.8 Dubai 4,864.03 0.3 (6.1) (3.9) 44.3 559.11 91,389.5 19.5 1.9 2.1 Abu Dhabi 4,925.71 2.0 (1.9) (2.4) 14.8 177.74 135,082.4 14.5 1.8 3.5 Saudi Arabia 9,750.90 (0.2) (0.6) 1.7 14.2 3,526.59 527,779.4 19.5 2.4 2.9 Kuwait 7,346.83 (0.4) (0.8) (0.8) (2.7) 75.88 113,856.3 15.3 1.2 3.7 Oman 6,744.14 (0.2) 0.1 0.3 (1.3) 15.97 24,534.4 12.4 1.7 3.9 Bahrain 1,459.45 0.5 (0.3) 2.3 16.9 6.64 53,911.8 10.6 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) 12,600 12,700 12,800 12,900 13,000 13,100 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00
  2. 2. Page 2 of 7 Qatar Market Commentary  The QE index rose 2.6% to close at 13,008.2. The Telecoms and Banking & Financial Services indices led the gains. The index rose on the back of buying support from non-Qatari shareholders despite selling pressure from Qatari shareholders.  QNB Group and Ooredoo were the top gainers, rising 5.5% and 4.2% respectively. Among the top losers, Qatar Cinema & Film Dist. Co. fell 2.7%, while Mannai Corp. declined 1.6%.  Volume of shares traded on Thursday rose by 47.9% to 24.1mn from 16.3mn on Wednesday. However, as compared to the 30- day moving average of 28.7mn, volume for the day was 16.1% lower. Vodafone Qatar and Masraf Al Rayan were the most active stocks, contributing 26.9% and 13.1% 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 Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) Fitch UAE LT FCIDR A+ A+ – Stable – Source: News reports (* LT – Long Term, ST – Short Term, FSR- Financial Strength Rating, , FCR – Foreign Currency Rating, LCR – Local Currency Rating, IDR – Issuer Default Rating, SR – Support Rating, LC – Local Currency, FCIDR - Foreign Currency Issuer Default Rating) Earnings Releases Company Market Currency Revenue (mn)1Q2014 % Change YoY Operating Profit (mn) 1Q2014 % Change YoY Net Profit (mn) 1Q2014 % Change YoY United Real Estate Co. (URC) Kuwait KD – – 4.5 – 0.6 NA Source: Company data, DFM, ADX, MSM Global Economic Data Date Market Source Indicator Period Actual Consensus Previous 05/22 US Department of Labor Initial Jobless Claims 17 May 326K 310K 298K 05/22 US Department of Labor Continuing Claims 10 May 2653K 2675K 2666K 05/22 US Bloomberg Bloomberg Economic Expectations May 42.5 – 48 05/22 US Bloomberg Bloomberg Consumer Comfort 18 May 34.1 – 34.9 05/22 US Markit Markit US Manufacturing PMI May 56.2 55.5 55.4 05/22 US Conference Board Leading Index April 0.40% 0.40% 1.00% 05/22 US Kansas City Fed Kansas City Fed Manf. Activity May 10.0 7.0 7.0 05/22 EU Markit Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI May 52.5 53.2 53.4 05/22 EU Markit Markit Eurozone Services PMI May 53.5 53.0 53.1 05/22 EU Markit Markit Eurozone Composite PMI May 53.9 53.9 54.0 05/22 France INSEE Manufacturing Confidence May 99.0 100.0 100.0 05/22 France INSEE Business Confidence May 94.0 94.0 94.0 05/22 France Markit Markit France Composite PMI May 49.3 50.5 50.6 05/22 France Markit Markit France Manufacturing PMI May 49.3 51.0 51.2 05/22 France Markit Markit France Services PMI May 49.2 50.4 50.4 05/22 Germany Markit Markit/BME Germany Composite PMI May 56.1 56.0 56.1 05/22 Germany Markit Markit/BME Germany Manu. PMI May 52.9 54.0 54.1 05/22 Germany Markit Markit Germany Services PMI May 56.4 54.5 54.7 05/23 Germany Destatis GDP SA QoQ 1Q2014 0.80% 0.80% 0.80% 05/23 Germany Destatis GDP WDA YoY 1Q2014 2.30% 2.30% 2.30% 05/23 Germany Destatis GDP NSA YoY 1Q2014 2.50% 2.50% 2.50% 05/23 Germany Destatis Private Consumption QoQ 1Q2014 0.70% 0.60% -0.30% 05/23 Germany Destatis Government Spending QoQ 1Q2014 0.40% 0.30% -0.30% 05/23 Germany Destatis Capital Investment QoQ 1Q2014 3.20% 2.10% 0.70% 05/23 Germany Destatis Construction Investment QoQ 1Q2014 3.60% 3.20% 0.20% 05/23 Germany Destatis Domestic Demand QoQ 1Q2014 1.90% 1.40% -0.30% 05/23 Germany Destatis Exports QoQ 1Q2014 0.20% 0.60% 2.50% 05/23 Germany Destatis Imports QoQ 1Q2014 2.20% 1.00% 1.30% 05/22 UK ONS Public Finances (PSNCR) April -10.6B – 15.7B 05/22 UK ONS Central Government NCR April 1.9B – 22.7B Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari 43.29% 57.14% (160,443,091.51) Non-Qatari 56.70% 42.86% 160,443,091.51
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Page 3 of 7 05/22 UK ONS Public Sector Net Borrowing April 9.6B 3.4B 6.1B 05/22 UK ONS GDP QoQ 1Q2014 0.80% 0.80% 0.80% 05/22 UK ONS GDP YoY 1Q2014 3.10% 3.10% 3.10% 05/22 UK ONS Private Consumption QoQ 1Q2014 0.80% 0.60% 0.40% 05/22 UK ONS Government Spending QoQ 1Q2014 0.10% 0.20% 0.00% 05/22 UK ONS Gross Fixed Capital Formation QoQ 1Q2014 0.60% 1.20% 1.90% 05/22 UK ONS Exports QoQ 1Q2014 -1.00% 0.00% 2.80% 05/22 UK ONS Imports QoQ 1Q2014 -1.10% 0.20% -0.40% 05/22 UK ONS Total Business Investment QoQ 1Q2014 2.70% 2.20% 2.40% 05/22 UK ONS Total Business Investment YoY 1Q2014 8.70% – 8.70% 05/22 UK CBI CBI Trends Selling Prices May 4.0 10.0 9.0 05/22 China Markit HSBC China Manufacturing PMI May 49.7 48.3 48.1 05/22 Japan Markit Markit/JMMA Japan Manufacturing PMI May 49.9 – 49.4 Source: Bloomberg (s.a. = seasonally adjusted; n.s.a. = non-seasonally adjusted; w.d.a. = working day adjusted) News Qatar  QE to introduce margin trading, short selling – The Qatar Exchange (QE) is planning to introduce margin trading and covered short selling in the near future. The QE is currently interacting with the regulator to evolve rules and regulations to govern these transactions. The QE's CEO Rashid Al Mansoori said that the idea is to increase investment opportunities in the market, diversify the market and help enhance liquidity. (Peninsula Qatar)  ORDS signs $1bn loan deal to repay existing debt – Ooredoo (ORDS) has signed a $1bn five-year revolving credit facility. ORDS will use the new facility to repay a $750mn loan due in May 2015 and allocate the rest for general business purposes. Seventeen banks helped to fund the loan, including QNB Group, Barclays and HSBC. QNB Group is the facility agent for the lenders and acted as a documentation agent for the facility and was the general financial advisor to ORDS. (QE, Gulf-Times.com)  Indosat may buy back $650mn bonds in 2015 – Ooredoo’s Indonesian unit, Indosat may buy back $650mn in bonds due in 2020 sometime in 2015. Indosat’s CFO, Stefan Carlsson, said that the company aims to reduce its exposure to the US dollar to 25% from nearly 50% now. Indosat is also targeting single-digit growth in revenue and capital expenditures of 8-9 trillion rupiah in 2014. (Reuters)  Qatargas reaffirms its commitment to Europe LNG supplies – Qatargas' Chief Operating Officer–Commercial & Shipping, Alaa Abujbara presented his views on the European energy market, the current and future role of LNG, the influence of new energy policies and the company's marketing activities across the continent at a recent conference in Amsterdam. Abujbara made a clear case for LNG as a major part of the energy mix by highlighting its advantages over alternative fuel sources like renewables, nuclear, coal, pipeline gas and liquid fuels. He also reaffirmed Qatargas' commitment to continue supplying LNG to Europe. (Gulf-Times.com)  Gasal finishes oxygen, nitrogen pipeline network – Gasal has completed a major expansion of its oxygen and nitrogen pipeline network to support the Ras Laffan Industrial City’s growing requirements for industrial gases. The company is now preparing to bring additional production capacity on a new land currently under development. (Gulf-Times.com)  QNB Group to launch campaign to reward customers for bank transfers – QNB Group (QNBK) will be launching its latest campaign to reward those customers who use its internet banking services for their bank transfers. The campaign will run throughout the summer months and conclude on July 31. The QNB campaign will be open to all customers who use internet banking for International Fund Transfers during the campaign’s running time. This will include all QNB customers who are making international transfers via SWIFT, Partner Bank transfers (HDFC India and HBTF Jordan) and Unit to Unit transfers between different QNB units in other countries made via QNB’s internet banking. Further, QNB states that in order to be placed in the raffle draw, customers will have to transfer a minimum of 1,000 QR in order to be eligible to win a monthly basic salary as a bonus, a maximum of QR30,000. Each transfer worth more than QR1,000 will get a chance to enter the draw. (QNB Group Press Release)  Qatar Cool signs contract for 3rd cooling plant in West Bay – Qatar District Cooling Company (Qatar Cool) has signed a contract for constructing its third plant in West Bay. Once completed in 2016, the plant, which is the fourth one in Qatar, will provide cooling to residential and commercial towers. The plant is designed to produce 40,000 tons-cooling, cutting down energy usage by 40-45% as compared to traditional cooling systems. Qatar Cool’s Chairman Badr al-Meer underscored the importance of the company’s expansion to Qatar’s long-term commitment to sustainable development, since district cooling is seen as an environment-friendly solution to address the nation’s cooling requirements. (Gulf-Times.com)  QA’s expansion continues with new route to Turkey – Qatar Airways (QA) has continued its expansion plans with the launch of direct flights to its third destination in Turkey. The airline’s inaugural flight to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport marked its 140th destination from Doha. The four-times-weekly service to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen extends the airline’s reach in Turkey’s largest city. This will be QA’s third route to Turkey, in addition to dedicated flights to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Ankara, which takes the number of flights to Turkey from 14 to 18 frequencies each week. (Gulf-Times.com)  MoI, Airbus unit agree on LTE network partnership – Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Airbus Defence & Space have agreed on a partnership to develop a Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) Group Communication over Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service using the MoI’s existing LTE and professional mobile radio communication networks. The new service will be made progressively available to the country’s public safety agencies such as police, fire-fighters, ambulances, emergency services, etc. The most important benefit will be the seamless interoperability of users across existing networks of the MoI, Tetra and LTE, as well as the reuse of all MoI’s assets – networks, control room dispatching and resource location applications. (Gulf-Times.com)
  4. 4. Page 4 of 7 International  QNB Group: Eurozone’s two-speed recovery is slowly underway – The Eurozone’s recovery is slowly underway. Data for the first quarter of 2014 published last week confirmed that real GDP growth is on an upward trend in Germany and Spain while France and Italy continue to lag behind. This two-speed growth performance is mainly driven by the extent to which each Eurozone country has managed to gain competitiveness in the last few years by reducing its unit labor costs relative to Germany. Unless this internal adjustment process continues, the growth performance in the single currency area will diverge further, with important implications for the stability of the Eurozone. What explains this two-speed expansion in the Eurozone? The answer is competitiveness measured by unit labor costs – the cost of labor for one unit of production. What drives growth is the ability of businesses to compete in the global economy, which largely depends on their labor costs, particularly in advanced economies. As unit labor costs rise without a corresponding rise in labor productivity, businesses lose competitiveness. A sufficiently large loss of competitiveness can force businesses to reduce their activities or even shut down. At an economy-wide level, a loss of competitiveness means lower growth and higher unemployment as both external and domestic demand for the country’s goods and services weaken. This is even more evident in countries with a common currency like the Eurozone where the option to regain competitiveness by weakening the currency is unavailable. Overall, the Eurozone recovery remains fragile and predicated on continued adjustment in unit labor costs. What is worrisome is the continued divergence in growth performance between Germany and Spain on the one hand and France and Italy on the other, reflecting the necessary adjustment in unit labor costs still needed in the latter two economies. Without such adjustment, the economic recovery could unravel, calling into question the stability of Eurozone once again (QNB Group)  Markit PMI: US factory data upbeat, Eurozone business stays strong – Manufacturing growth in the US picked up to a three-month high in May 2014, while private business activity in the Eurozone grew at just under its fastest pace in three years. In Asia, factory activity in Japan cooled slightly in May 2014, but at a slower pace than in April 2014. Financial data firm Markit said its preliminary or flash US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose to 56.2 in May 2014 from 55.4 in April 2014, while factory output growth hit its fastest pace since February 2011, rising to 59.6 from 58.2. In Europe, an unexpected pickup in the service industry was offset by lackluster factory activity, but was enough to show some traction in the Eurozone's fragile recovery. Markit's Composite PMI for the single currency bloc, edged down to 53.9 from a near three- year high of 54.0 in April 2014, matching the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll. Meanwhile, the Markit-JMMA flash Japan Manufacturing PMI rose to a seasonally adjusted 49.9 in May 2014 from April's 49.4. (Reuters)  US new home sales rise in April, but momentum lacking – A Commerce Department report showed that the sales of new US single-family homes rose by 6.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000 units in April, however economists said that the market was still not gaining steam. The rise ended two straight months of declines and beat market expectations, but sales remained in line with their sluggish first-quarter average. A run-up in mortgage rates and home prices over the last year has weighed on the market. Sales have also been hampered by a shortage of properties and the brutally cold winter. The slump has caught the attention of the Federal Reserve, which is scaling back the amount of money it is pumping into the economy through monthly bond purchases. (Bloomberg)  IFO: German business confidence index down to 110.4 in May – The IFO Institute’s Business Climate Index for Germany fell to 110.4 in May from 111.2 in the previous month. According to the median of 38 estimates in a Bloomberg survey, economists had predicted a drop to 110.9. The IFO report showed that the index for current conditions fell to 114.8 from 115.3 in the earlier month. A gauge of expectations slid to 106.2, the lowest reading since October. Germany is key to the recovery in the 18-nation euro area, which is struggling to pick up pace amid near-record unemployment and subdued pricing power. The German economic growth was driven exclusively by domestic demand in the first three months of the year, and the Bundesbank has said the expansion will cool this quarter. (Bloomberg)  Spain, Greece debt ratings improve – Spain’s credit ranking was raised by Standard & Poor’s (S&P), while Fitch Ratings increased Greece’s grade, as the economic outlook improve for these countries that were at the heart of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. S&P lifted Spain’s long-term rating one level to BBB, the second-lowest investment grade. Fitch boosted Greece’s long-term rank one step to B, which is five steps below investment grade. Markets have already given their verdict on the turnaround in nations that threatened to break apart the euro bloc in the early 2010s. Spain’s borrowing costs have fallen to record lows amid a rally that has also brought investors back to Greece, Ireland and Portugal. Greece is poised to return to growth after six years of contraction. (Bloomberg)  Russian minister confident about no EU sanctions on exports – Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said he was confident that the European Union would refrain from imposing sanctions that could hit Russia’s major exports. Next week, EU leaders are expected to discuss a series of steps they could take against Russia if there are disruptions to Ukraine's presidential election this week. The measures, including restrictions ranging from luxury goods imports to an oil & gas ban, envisage three scenarios – low-intensity, medium-intensity and high-intensity sanctions. (Reuters)  Brazil current account deficit widens – According to data released by Brazil’s central bank, the country posted a current account deficit of $8.291bn in April, above the median forecast for $6.7bn and the $6.2bn gap recorded in March 2014. This was due to a jump in the repatriation of profits and dividends by foreign companies. Foreign companies repatriated $3.291bn, up sharply from the $2.542bn sent abroad in April of 2013. Brazilians continue to spend heavily abroad as the local currency, real, has strengthened in recent months. Spending abroad was $1.797bn in April, up nearly 20% YoY. Despite the larger deficit in April, the current account gap as percentage of GDP remained stable at 3.65%. (Reuters) Regional  Carillion named preferred bidder for £400mn Mideast deals – British support services & construction firm Carillion has been named as the preferred bidder for a number of contracts in the Middle East worth more than £400mn. The company has been selected with its joint venture business Al-Futtaim–Carillion for contracts in the UAE to build two new luxury hotels worth around £300mn. It has also been awarded a number of construction projects worth more than £100mn in Dubai and Saudi Arabia in sectors like healthcare, retail, leisure and residential real estate. (GulfBase.com)
  5. 5. Page 5 of 7  Moody's forms global Islamic Finance Group – Moody's Investors Service has formed a dedicated global Islamic Finance Group (IFG) to meet the growing demand for Islamic finance credit ratings and research. Moody's IFG will deliver independent analysis for Shari’ah-compliant products, financial institutions and Takaful insurers in order to support an improved understanding of the credit risks and market trends in this rapidly expanding sector. IFG will be chaired by Dubai-based Khalid Howladar, recently-appointed Global Head of Islamic Finance, and will draw expertise from Moody's sovereign, banking, corporate, insurance and structured finance analytical teams worldwide. (GulfBase.com)  Dar Al Arkan to price 5-year Sukuk – Saudi-based Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company is planning to price a benchmark-sized, dollar-denominated Sukuk of five years duration this week. The developer has chosen eight banks in total to arrange it and the potential Sukuk that may follow. (GulfBase.com)  DAAR completes third tranche of SR1.5bn Islamic Sukuk Program – Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company (DAAR) has completed the third tranche of its international Islamic Sukuk program, raising SR1.5bn. The issuance received significant interest from international market participants with the order book exceeding SR3.75bn (2.3 times the amount issued). The Sukuk was issued at a profit rate of 6.5% per annum, which matures on May 28, 2019. Alkhair Capital, Al Rayan Investment, Al Hilal bank, Barwa Bank, Deutsche Bank, Emirates NBD, Goldman Sachs and Qinvest acted as the joint book runners to manage the issuance of the Sukuk. (Tadawul)  NasJet appoints new CEO – NasJet, a part of the National Air Services Group (NAS Holding) has appointed Saad Alazwari as its new CEO. The Saudi-based private jet company manages and supports 66 fixed-wing aircraft with a fleet value of $2bn. (Bloomberg)  S&P: Banks’ exposure to UAE realty market set to rise – Standard & Poor’s (S&P) said that the exposure of banks to the booming real estate sector in the UAE has remained at high levels, which is likely to increase in coming years. Loans to the real estate sector represented about 30% of the total loans and 122% of the total equity in 2013. That is still below the peak in 2008, when the sector’s total exposure was almost 150% of banks’ equity. (GulfBase.com)  S&P affirms Sharjah’s credit rating on per capita growth – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) has affirmed A/A-1 long and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings of the Emirate of Sharjah. The outlook is stable. The affirmation primarily reflects the solid growth in Sharjah’s GDP per capita. Sharjah is the third-largest member of the UAE in terms of population, GDP and geographic area. The Emirate has approximately 10% of the UAE’s total population and accounted for about 5% of the UAE’s GDP for 2013. (GulfBase.com)  Apax sells stake in Travelex to UAE investors – London- based Apax Partners has agreed to sell its majority stake in Travelex Holdings Ltd. to a group of investors based in the UAE. Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty, an Indian-born entrepreneur and entities linked to Saeed Bin Butti Al Qubaisi’s Abu Dhabi-based Centurion Investments will buy Apax’s stake in the chain of retail currency exchanges. (Bloomberg)  Emaar hires banks for mall unit share sale – According to sources, Emaar Properties has hired HSBC Holdings and Emirates NBD as bookrunners for the IPO of its retail arm, with Rothschild as the financial adviser. The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and EFG Hermes Holding Company will also be the bookrunners on the sale of 25-30% stake in the malls unit on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM). The company seeks to raise about $2bn through the sale planned for September 2014. (GulfBase.com)  DMC to build world’s first LNG-powered harbor tug – Drydocks World and Dubai Maritime City (DMC) has signed a MoU with Wartsila and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence for building the world’s first LNG powered harbor tug. The project named ‘Elemarateyah’ is part of the Dubai Maritime Green Initiative. DMC will collaborate with Wartsila for design, equipment and related support services for the tug’s construction. (GulfBase.com)  Nakheel to build mall on Jebel Ali waterfront; floats tender for Deira Islands project – Dubai-based developer Nakheel has invited contractors to bid for the main contract to build a community retail center within the Badrah area near the Jebel Ali waterfront. The scope of work includes construction of 15 retail units and 10 food & beverage outlets as well as a ground floor supermarket. The site will have a total area of 21,055 square meters with a built-up area of 6,889 square meters. Meanwhile, Nakheel has floated a tender for its Deira Islands tourism development. All four Deira Islands will feature hotels, resorts and residential, commercial and retail units. The tender calls for road works for two of the islands A and B, which are approximately 860 hectares in total. Bids need to come in by June 17, 2014. (Bloomberg) (GulfBase.com)  Jumeirah to enter Mauritius with luxury project – Dubai- based Jumeirah Group has signed a management agreement to operate a luxury resort in Mauritius. The hotel is currently under development and expected to open in 2018. It will be set on 68.5 hectares of land and be located approximately 50 kilometers from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. The property will include all-day dining and specialty restaurants, lounge and poolside bars, meeting and events space, spa facilities, a swimming pool, health club, children’s facilities and a teen club. (GulfBase.com)  DSC: Dubai’s inflation remains steady at 3% – According to the data from the Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC), Dubai’s inflation remains steady at 3% in April 2014. Housing and services have been the main sources of inflationary pressure in Dubai, with the housing component of the consumer price index (CPI) rising around 5% YoY in April. Education costs rose at a similar pace in April, but inflation in healthcare, transport, communications and hospitality sectors were stable. CPI remained unchanged at 3% on an annual basis for April, but the index rose 0.1% as compared to March. Higher housing, communications and education costs were offset by lower food prices, miscellaneous goods and services and marginally lower transport costs last month. (GulfBase.com)  Biggest ever vessel arrives at DP World’s SPCT – DP World operated Saigon Premier Container Terminal (SPCT) in Vietnam has received the biggest ever vessel, NYK-owned Northern Genius. With a nominal TEU (twenty foot equivalent container unit) capacity of 4,300 and DWT of 54,000, Northern Genius sailed up the 54kms new Soai Rap River channel following its opening in 2014. (GulfBase.com)  Etisalat scraps buyout offer to Maroc Telecom minority shareholders – Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) said that it has scrapped its offer to buy the remaining shares in Maroc Telecom. Etisalat’s spokesman confirmed that the company has now abandoned its provisional offer submitted earlier this week to the Moroccan authorities for approval. (Reuters)
  6. 6. Page 6 of 7  ADUPC approves 13 projects in Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (ADUPC) has approved 13 development projects covering over 4mn square meters in 1Q2014. Five of these approved projects were master plans, with the remaining eight being detailed project plans. One of the biggest project was for Aldar Properties’ Al Raha Beach East Master Plan. (GulfBase.com)  ADCB partners with ADF for cash management solution – Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has partnered with Abu Dhabi Finance (ADF) to provide premium cash management solution. Under the agreement, ADF will capitalize on ADCB's experience to enhance its cash management system and will employ ADCB's ProCash service, a cash management platform. This agreement will help to streamline ADF's wide range of electronic banking services. (GulfBase.com)  Etisalat lists $7bn GMTN on ISE – Etisalat has completed the listing of its $7bn global medium term note (GMTN) program on the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE). The listed bond program is being rated by three credit rating agencies with the following ratings: Moody’s rating – Aa3, Standards & Poor’s rating – AA- and Fitch’s rating – A+. (ADX)  NBF launches structured trade commodity finance – The National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) has launched its structured trade commodity financing (STCF) facility, a specialized solution for the cross-border commodity trading requirements of various companies across the UAE. With STCF, the bank will work with clients to structure comprehensive, short-to-medium term financing arrangements to support their commodity trading activity. STCF transactions are structured around a company’s supply chain, from the purchase to sale and export of commodities and materials, and constitute a full suite of trade financing and foreign exchange hedging tools. (Bloomberg)  Wataniya Telecom adopts ORDS brand – Kuwait-based National Mobile Telecommunications Company (Wataniya) has fully adopted the new global brand, Ooredoo (ORDS). ORDS in Kuwait will introduce a revamped portfolio of its new services which includes Kuwait’s first comprehensive e-commerce range of services, whereby ORDS customers will be able to access and buy online exclusive offers on the latest electronic products. Currently, ORDS holds a 92.1% stake in Wataniya.  OMR7.5mn aquarium in Oman to be ready by 2016 – Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) announced that an aquarium worth OMR7.5mn at Seeb harbor is expected to be completed in late 2015 or early 2016. The project will include an educational center and will be spread over across 17,000 square meters. (GulfBase.com)  CKG Holding plans $150mn cocoa factory in Oman – Ivory Coast-based CKG Holding is planning to open a cocoa factory in Oman in 2015 amid growing chocolate demand in the Middle East and India. The $150mn factory in Salalah will have capacity to process 50,000 metric tons of cocoa beans a year with opening planned for the end of 2015. It will be a joint venture of Oman and CKG under the name of Chocolatry of Oman. (Bloomberg)  Al Mazaya awards BHD2.2mn contract to KMC Bahrain – Al Mazaya Holding Company has awarded a BHD2.2mn construction contract to KMC Bahrain. The contract is for the building of Mazaya Logistics' industrial warehousing facility spread over 27,605 square meters in Bahrain Investment Wharf. The project is to be delivered within six months. KMC Bahrain was one of five contractors that bid for the tender. The contract entails construction of 42 industrial units having areas ranging between 250 and 500 square meters, totaling 15,250 square meters. All concrete, iron, and electro-mechanical works are also a part of the scope of work. The total value of the project is BHD7.8mn. KMC is the contracting and project management services subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House. (GulfBase.com)  Garmco appoints new CFO – Bahrain-based Gulf Aluminum Rolling Mill Company (Garmco) has appointed Hilmar Leimbach as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Leimbach has experience of 22 years across functions like finance, accounts and audit. (GulfBase.com)  Roberto Cavalli in sale talks with Investcorp – Roberto Cavalli is in negotiations to sell majority stake in its eponymous Italian fashion brand to Bahrain-based private equity firm, Investcorp. The transaction is expected to be valued at €450mn including debt. This price would equate to more than 15 times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. (Bloomberg)
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