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  • 1. Page 1 of 7 QE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QE index declined 0.9% to close at 12,323.5. Losses were led by the Industrials and Banking & Financial Services indices, declining 1.9% and 0.9% respectively. Top losers were Qatar Cinema & Film Distribution Co. and Ezdan Holding, falling 9.7% and 3.5%, respectively. Among the top gainers, Qatar General Ins. & Reins. Co. rose 3.4%, while Masraf Al Rayan was up 1.8%. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI index fell 0.3% to close at 9,522.1. Losses were led by the Retail and Telecom & IT indices, declining 1.3% and 1.0% respectively. Saudi Air. Catering fell 4.1%, while Mobile Tele. Co. Saudi was down 2.1%. Dubai: The DFM index declined 6.7% to close at 4,009.0. The Industrial index fell 10.0%, while the Services index was down 9.7%. Deyaar Development and Dubai Investments declined 10.0% each. Abu Dhabi: The ADX benchmark index fell 3.3% to close at 4,553.3. The Investment & Fin. Ser. index declined 9.7%, while the Energy index was down 8.6%. Dana Gas was down 10.0%, while Methaq Takaful Ins. declined 9.9%. Kuwait: The KSE index fell 0.5% to close at 6,936.5. The Oil & Gas index declined 1.8%, while the Financial Services index was down 1.1%. Al Qurain Holding Co. fell 8.3%, while Gulf Investment House was down 7.7%. Oman: The MSM index declined 0.2% to close at 6,921.1. Losses were led by the Industrial and Services indices, declining 0.6% and 0.2% respectively. Asaffa Foods fell 6.1%, while Oman Fisheries was down 3.2%. Bahrain: The BHB index fell marginally to close at 1,427.3. The Industrial index declined 1.7%, while the Investment index was down marginally. Aluminum Bahrain fell 1.8%, while Esterad Investment Co. was down 1.5%. Qatar Exchange Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Qatar General Ins. & Reins. Co. 46.00 3.4 6.9 15.2 Masraf Al Rayan 50.40 1.8 1,298.1 61.0 Qatar Islamic Insurance Co. 76.30 1.1 49.9 31.8 Qatar Navigation 91.60 0.7 62.8 10.4 Qatar Insurance Co. 80.00 0.6 255.5 50.4 Qatar Exchange Top Vol. Trades Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Masraf Al Rayan 50.40 1.8 1,298.1 61.0 Vodafone Qatar 19.55 0.3 813.1 82.5 Doha Bank 56.60 (2.4) 765.4 (2.7) Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Dev. 17.06 (0.6) 627.1 52.6 Ezdan Holding Group 20.27 (3.5) 623.7 19.2 Market Indicators 24 Jun 14 23 Jun 14 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 458.8 336.8 36.2 Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 670,722.1 679,958.5 (1.4) Volume (mn) 8.4 7.1 18.4 Number of Transactions 5,431 5,191 4.6 Companies Traded 43 42 2.4 Market Breadth 14:28 14:26 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 18,380.31 (0.9) (1.0) 23.9 N/A All Share Index 3,131.33 (0.9) (1.1) 21.0 15.0 Banks 2,967.76 (0.9) (1.7) 21.4 14.7 Industrials 4,192.61 (1.9) (1.3) 19.8 16.3 Transportation 2,187.87 (0.1) (1.0) 17.7 14.1 Real Estate 2,565.19 (0.8) (0.9) 31.3 12.8 Insurance 3,429.75 0.9 0.3 46.8 9.0 Telecoms 1,647.04 (0.2) 2.5 13.3 22.7 Consumer 6,664.87 (0.5) (1.7) 12.1 26.2 Al Rayan Islamic Index 4,099.68 (0.9) (1.7) 35.0 17.7 GCC Top Gainers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Ithmaar Bank Bahrain 0.14 3.7 490.0 (39.1) Qatar General Ins. Qatar 46.00 3.4 6.9 15.2 Jabal Omar Dev. Co. Saudi Arabia 46.50 2.7 1,931.7 59.3 Astra Industrial Group Saudi Arabia 53.47 2.4 475.6 0.9 Saudi Fisheries Saudi Arabia 38.14 2.3 5,142.1 23.4 GCC Top Losers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Deyaar Development Dubai 0.96 (10.0) 56,493.9 (4.7) Dubai Investments Dubai 2.79 (10.0) 35,908.3 19.9 Dana Gas Abu Dhabi 0.63 (10.0) 32,493.3 (30.8) Drake & Scull Int. Dubai 1.54 (9.9) 47,894.5 6.9 Arabtec Holding Dubai 3.12 (9.8) 152,064.4 52.2 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 Distri. Co. 50.20 (9.7) 1.9 25.2 Ezdan Holding Group 20.27 (3.5) 623.7 19.2 Al Khaleej Takaful Group 42.20 (3.4) 178.2 50.3 Medicare Group 79.60 (3.3) 25.2 51.6 Salam International Investment Co 16.62 (3.3) 356.9 27.7 Qatar Exchange Top Val. Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% QNB Group 172.10 (2.2) 66,829.9 0.1 Masraf Al Rayan 50.40 1.8 65,027.9 61.0 Doha Bank 56.60 (2.4) 43,667.1 (2.7) Gulf International Services 95.00 (0.3) 31,615.2 94.7 Qatar Fuel Co. 212.60 0.3 28,380.8 (2.7) 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* 12,323.45 (0.9) (1.0) (10.0) 18.7 126.02 184,247.4 15.4 2.1 4.1 Dubai 4,009.01 (6.7) (12.7) (21.2) 19.0 501.12 80,325.9 16.1 1.6 2.6 Abu Dhabi 4,553.31 (3.3) (5.2) (13.3) 6.1 139.73 128,741.0 13.5 1.7 3.6 Saudi Arabia 9,522.10 (0.3) (1.3) (3.1) 11.6 2,043.52 517,529.5 19.0 2.3 3.0 Kuwait 6,936.48 (0.5) (0.1) (4.9) (8.1) 40.72 109,489.8 16.4 1.1 4.0 Oman 6,921.08 (0.2) 0.1 0.9 1.3 74.30 25,697.4 12.0 1.7 4.0 Bahrain 1,427.30 (0.0) (0.5) (2.2) 14.3 0.50 53,424.4 11.2 1.0 4.8 Source: Bloomberg, Qatar Exchange, Tadawul, Muscat Securities Exchange, Dubai Financial Market and Zawya (** TTM; * Value traded ($ mn) do not include special trades, if any) 12,250 12,300 12,350 12,400 12,450 12,500 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00
  • 2. Page 2 of 7 Qatar Market Commentary  The QE index declined 0.9% to close at 12,323.5. The Industrials and Banking & Financial Services indices led the losses. The index fell on the back of selling pressure from non-Qatari shareholders despite buying support from Qatari shareholders.  Qatar Cinema & Film Distribution Co. and Ezdan Holding Group were the top losers, falling 9.7% and 3.5%, respectively. Among the top gainers, Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance Co. rose 3.4%, while Masraf Al Rayan was up 1.8%.  Volume of shares traded on Tuesday rose by 18.4% to 8.4mn from 7.1mn on Monday. However, as compared to the 30-day moving average of 24.0mn, volume for the day was 65.0% lower. Masraf Al Rayan and Vodafone Qatar were the most active stocks, contributing 15.4% and 9.7% to the total volume respectively. Source: Qatar Exchange (* as a % of traded value) Ratings and Global Economic Data Ratings Updates Company Agency Market Type* Old Rating New Rating Rating Change Outlook Outlook Change Al Bayan Holding Group RAM Saudi Arabia LT CCR/ST CCR AA3/P1 AA3/P1 – Stable – Source: News reports (* LT – Long Term, ST – Short Term, FSR- Financial Strength Rating, FCR – Foreign Credit Rating, LCR – Local Currency Rating, IDR – Issuer Default Rating, SR – Support Rating, LC – Local Currency, CCR – Corporate Credit Ratings) Global Economic Data Date Market Source Indicator Period Actual Consensus Previous 06/24 US FHFA FHFA House Price Index MoM April 0.00% 0.50% 0.70% 06/24 US S&P/Case-Shiller S&P/CS 20 City MoM SA April 0.19% 0.80% 1.25% 06/24 US S&P/Case-Shiller S&P/CS Composite-20 YoY April 10.82% 11.50% 12.37% 06/24 US S&P/Case-Shiller S&P/CaseShiller Home Price Index NSA April 168.71 169.09 166.8 06/24 US Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index June 85.2 83.5 82.2 06/24 US Richmond Fed Richmond Fed Manufact. Index June 3.0 7.0 7.0 06/24 Germany IFO Institute IFO Business Climate June 109.7 110.3 110.4 06/24 Germany IFO Institute IFO Current Assessment June 114.8 115.0 114.8 06/24 Germany IFO Institute IFO Expectations June 104.8 106.0 106.2 06/24 UK BBA BBA Loans for House Purchase May 41,757 41,000 41,934 Source: Bloomberg (s.a. = seasonally adjusted; n.s.a. = non-seasonally adjusted; w.d.a. = working day adjusted) News Qatar  QNBK: Global exports fall on weak EM demand – The QNB Group (QNBK) said that world exports are stalling on a weak global recovery. According to data released last week by the World Trade Organization (WTO), world merchandise export volumes declined by 1.0% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the previous quarter on a seasonally-adjusted basis. This represents the largest quarterly decline since the Great Recession of 2008-09. Weak export demand from emerging markets (EMs) and sluggish growth in advanced economies (AEs) are the main factors behind this large decline. Unless world export growth picks up again, the global recovery is likely to falter in 2014. (Gulf-Times.com)  MDPS: Qatari economy expected to grow 6.3% in 2014, 7.8% in 2015 – According to the Ministry of Development Planning & Statistics (MDPS), Qatar is expected to report solid economic growth in 2014 and 2015, driven by the non- hydrocarbon sector owing to accelerated investment spending and population growth. The country’s real GDP (adjusted for inflation) is slated to grow 6.3% in 2014 from 6.5% in 2013, and 7.8% in 2015, said the Qatar Economic Outlook (QEO) 2014-15, which was released by MDPS. HE the Minister of Development Planning and Statistics Dr. Saleh Mohamed Salem al-Nabit said that the impulse to growth from hydrocarbon production in past years is receding, and growth is increasingly dependent on solid performance of the other sectors. According to the QEO, output from the hydrocarbon sector is set to shrink 2.5% in 2014 largely due to declining production from maturing oil fields. Gas output is expected to remain largely unchanged in 2014, having saturated in 2013. Flat gas production and receding oil output are expected to check overall growth in 2014, but with the commissioning of the Barzan gas project in 2015, the gas output is anticipated to increase, taking the aggregate growth higher. Also, the construction activity is projected to expand 14.1% in 2014, up from 13.6% in 2013, and may well accelerate a shade faster in 2015. The QEO added that the main driver is the government’s heavy investments in economic infrastructure, especially local roads, expressways, the Doha metro & rail, and drains & sanitation at a pace that is likely to pick up over 2014 and 2015. (Gulf-Times.com)  MDPS: Domestic demand to heighten inflationary pressures – According to the MDPS, domestic inflationary pressures are expected to heighten over the remainder of 2014 and in 2015 on strong domestic demand. As per the MDPS’ QEO 2014-15, annual inflation, as measured by the change in the consumer price index, is expected to average 3% in 2014, similar to 2013’s outcome, and increase modestly to 3.4% in 2015. However, the Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari 55.81% 47.95% 36,073,767.78 Non-Qatari 44.19% 52.05% (36,073,767.78)
  • 3. Page 3 of 7 QEO added that the moderate inflation in 1H2014 will restrain the year’s average, and a benign global inflation outlook will help offset domestic sources of inflationary pressures over the near- term. (Gulf-Times.com)  Qatar’s CA surplus slated to fall; forex reserves to cover 6.5 months of imports – According to official estimates, Qatar’s current account (CA) surplus is slated to fall in 2014 and 2015 but remain sizeable at 25.1% and 19.5% of GDP. Foreign exchange reserves are adequate to cover more than 6.5 months of imports. The MDPS also expects Qatar’s fiscal surplus to narrow to 9.3% of the GDP and then to fall to 5.5% in 2015, down from a preliminary estimate of a 12.9% surplus in 2013. MDPS said in its QEO 2014-15 that the shrinkage is owing to a combination of expenditure growth, as the public investment program gathers pace, and the expected decline in hydrocarbon revenue. (Gulf-Times.com)  Woqod in process of finalizing its five year plan 2014-2018 – Woqod’s (QFLS) CEO, Ibrahim Jaham Al - Kuwari, revealed the main features of its upcoming five years plan (2014 - 2018). The plan which is in its final stages of preparations is in line with the Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the huge modernization and development efforts at the various levels in Qatar, and in preparation for the upcoming global event, World Cup 2022, to be hosted by Qatar. The plan emphasizes on expanding the current stations, addition of new technical centers, developing and modernizing infrastructure for Q-JET, expanding the operational capacity of WOQOD Marine Services' fleet by increasing the number of new vessels ( expected to reach 8-10 vessels by the end of 2018 from the current five vessels), and investing QR70mn to expand the storage facilities at Mesaieed area and increase its operational capacity to exceed 20,000 metric tons of Bitumen to deal with the new demand during the coming five years. (QE)  Woqod to import 300,000 Shafaf cylinders – Woqod’s (QFLS) CEO Ibrahim Jaham Al-Kuwari said that some 300,000 transparent (Shafaf) cooking gas cylinders are being imported to help ease their shortage ahead of Ramadan. Orders for the supply of the cylinders have already been placed with the exporters, local petroleum products distributor and cooking gas supplier. A top QFLS official said that the corporation is encouraging ‘Shafaf’ retailers to accept metal cylinders from buyers in exchange (for the new cylinder) and give them a discount of QR50. (Peninsula Qatar) first page  Qatar, ICANN sign MoU on supporting cooperation in internationalized domain names – Qatar’s Ministry of Information & Communications Technology (MICT) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have signed a MoU to cooperate with the aim of supporting the development of the domain name industry and internationalized domain names (such as those in Arabic script) in the region, as well as to promote the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance. The agreement also calls for the collaboration in joint projects & activities in areas related to ICANN's mission and mandate. (Bloomberg)  QE suspends QIGD share trading on June 25, to disclose 1H2014 results on July 9 – The Qatar Exchange (QE) has announced trading suspension of Qatari Investors Group’s (QIGD) shares on June 25, 2014 due to the latter’s scheduled EGM on that day. Meanwhile, QIGD announced that the company will disclose the financial reports for the period ending June 30, 2014 on July 9, 2014. (QE)  IHGS to disclose results on July 09, 2014 – Islamic holding Group (IHGS) will disclose the financial reports for the period ending June 30, 2014 on July 9, 2014. (QE)  Realty transactions worth over QR800mn between June 15- 19 – The real estate registration department at the Ministry said that the real estate transactions between June 15 and 19 for the real estate sales contracts registered at the Ministry of justice are worth QR811.8mn. The list of properties that were traded by sale includes open plots of land, two floors villas, annexes, houses and residential buildings which are located in the municipalities of Umm Salal, Al Khor, Al Dhakira, Doha, Al Rayyan, Al Shamal, Al Daayen and Al Wakra. (Bloomberg) International  Consumer confidence, housing data bolster US growth outlook – US consumer confidence jumped to its highest level in nearly 6-1/2 years in June, while sales of new homes surged in May, indicating latest signs that the economy has regained momentum. Growth is accelerating after crumbling in the first quarter, but Tuesday's robust reports are likely to exaggerate strength. Nevertheless, they added to data on employment, factory and services sector activities suggesting a sharp growth rebound. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rose to 85.2, the highest reading since January 2008, from 82.2 in May as households grew more optimistic about the labor market. However, the reading was at odds with another survey published last week, which showed consumer sentiment ticking down in early June. Still, economists said it was in line with other data showing an improvement in job market conditions. In another report, the Commerce Department said new home sales vaulted 18.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units, the highest level since May 2008. (Reuters)  Fed grants four banks more time to resubmit capital distribution plans – The US Federal Reserve gave four banks more time to resubmit capital distribution plans it had earlier objected to, saying this would give the firms more time to address capital planning weaknesses. The four banks, which had asked for the extension, are Citigroup Inc. (C.N), HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. (HSBA.L), RBS Citizens, Inc. (RBS.L) and Santander Holdings USA, Inc. (SAN.MC). These banks were originally scheduled to submit their plans by June 26, but now have time until January 5, 2015 to carry out the same. The firms will not be able to raise their capital distributions to shareholders, such as dividends and share buy- backs, until the new plans are approved. Citigroup Chief Executive Mike Corbat has said that the bank would not make a new request this year for permission to buy back stock and pay more dividends. Instead, the bank would focus on preparing its application for next year’s scheduled review of its capital plan. (Reuters)  Fed's Dudley sees mid-2015 rate hike as 'reasonable' – An influential Fed policymaker said the US Federal Reserve can reasonably wait to raise interest rates until mid-2015 without risking an undesirable rise in inflation. President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, William Dudley said they can get the unemployment rate considerably lower and still not have an inflation problem. The US jobless rate stood at 6.3% in May, the lowest level since the end of 2008, and unchanged from April. Inflation has been running below the Fed's 2% goal, although some recent readings have been firmer. Dudley added that the market is expecting the Federal Reserve to raise short-term interest rates around the middle of 2015, which according to him sounds like a reasonable forecast, but added that forecasts often go astray. (Reuters)  Insee: French GDP Growth to Miss Hollande’s Target in 2014 – The French economy will expand less than President Francois Hollande’s government expects this year and unemployment will climb as consumer spending and exports fail
  • 4. Page 4 of 7 to accelerate, the national statistics office predicted. Insee said the GDP will grow 0.7% in 2014. The government is counting on growth of 1% to help fulfill its promise of reducing the budget deficit to 3.8% of GDP. Insee stated that the purchasing power of households has improved, of course, but too modestly to bring a real acceleration in spending. Faced with low demand and low margins, companies are not inclined to invest and French exports will not fully benefit from the improved world trade. The remarks show how Hollande is struggling to revive Europe’s second-largest economy after two years in office. The Socialist president has pledged to cut public spending by €50bn over the next three years and halt tax increases in an effort to bolster confidence and investment. So far, the business sentiment has failed to improve. The Bank of France’s index of manufacturing sentiment fell to 97 from 98 in May, while the Markit Economics Purchasing Managers Index for services and industries declined to 47.8 this month from 49.6. The national statistics office predicts that unemployment will continue to climb in the second half of 2014, reaching 10.2% by the end of the year. (Bloomberg)  Japan PM Abe says 'positive cycle' emerging in economy; urges businesses to mobilize women power for economy – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that a "positive cycle" was appearing in the country's economy as rising corporate revenues led to higher wages and household income. But Abe said the recovery has yet to reach broader sectors of the economy, stressing the need to ensure the positive economic cycle does not end up as a temporary phenomenon. He said the mandate of 'Abenomics' is to make people across Japan feel the benefits of the economic recovery. Meanwhile, Abe urged the nation's business leaders to do more to boost the role of working women, a key plank of a new growth strategy he was set to unveil later in the day. Abe, who took office 18 months ago pledging to end deflation and generate sustainable growth with a three-pronged strategy of monetary easing, fiscal spending and reform, is due to outline the latest tranche of his so-called "Third Arrow" of long-term economic policies. The package will include steps to boost the role of working women - seen as vital to address the shrinking workforce in one of the world's most rapidly aging societies. In a meeting with business executives, Abe urged companies to set targets for promoting female workers to senior jobs and disclose information on progress in annual earnings reports. He also said the government would make necessary legal changes to promote female participation in the workforce in central and local governments, as well as in the private sector. (Reuters)  S&P's Kraemer: Eurozone countries have much to do to cut debt, boost growth – A senior Standard & Poor’s(S&P) official said Eurozone countries still have much work to do to cut debt & boost growth and their credit ratings are unlikely to rise until they get their economies in better shape. S&P's head of sovereign ratings for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Moritz Kraemer said that he saw a "calm period ahead" for ratings actions in Europe. He stated that much of the homework still needs to be done. The over-indebtedness in a very low inflation environment poses huge risks to the growth outlook for the Eurozone. There is no need to raise the ratings until the (economic) fundamentals improve. Kraemer added that the countries that had made most progress in cutting debts included Ireland & Spain, and both had seen their ratings upgraded. (Reuters)  PBOC: A flexible Yuan can help China cope with bigger capital flows – A senior researcher at the People's Bank of China (PBOC) said China needs to make the Yuan more flexible to cope with possible rises in capital flows. Ma Jun, the chief economist at the central bank's research bureau, told a forum that China's net capital flows may not be as big as some expect once the country frees its closed capital account. However, he said capital inflows into China’s bond market could increase as domestic bond yields are higher relative to overseas markets. This provides an arbitrage opportunity for investors compared with the Yuan, which has limited scope to move. Ma also added that as China's capital account is already partially open, there could be "a substantial increase" in outbound foreign direct investment (FDI) if China further loosens its grip on capital flows. (Reuters) Regional  OPEC sees no shortage of oil; Saudi Arabia ready to pump extra supplies – The OPEC is ready to pump extra oil in the event of any supply disruptions caused by Iraq and its biggest producer, Saudi Arabia, can ramp up to capacity if needed. The OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri said that for now the market is well-supplied and prices above $114 a barrel are the result of market nervousness. An official from Saudi Arabia, the only OPEC member with significant spare capacity, said it was committed to supplying the market if needed. Saudi Arabia, which produces around 9.7mn bpd, has the ability to pump to its full capacity of 12.5mn bpd. The OPEC earlier this month agreed to keep its output ceiling unchanged at 30mn bpd. Since then, concerns that violence in Iraq could disrupt supplies have stoked volatility and driven international benchmark Brent above $114 a barrel. Disruption in Iraq would aggravate the impact of outages in Libya, Syria and sanctions on Iran, which have already curbed production by almost 3mn bpd, or more than 3% of daily global demand. (Gulf-Times.com)  SGPB appoints new CEO for MidEast – France-based Societe Generale Private Banking (SGPB) – the wealth management arm of Societe Generale Group – has appointed Gonzague de Cerval as the Chief Executive Officer and Commercial Director for Middle East. (Bloomberg)  Petrochem completes SR1.2bn Sukuk issue – Saudi Arabia’s National Petrochemical Company (Petrochem) has completed a SR1.2bn debut Sukuk issue. The Islamic bond, which has a five- year lifespan, was priced at 170 basis points over the six-month Saudi interbank offered rate (Saibor). Deutsche Bank’s Saudi Arabian arm and the investment banking arm of Riyad Bank were the lead arrangers for the issue. (GulfBase.com)  Maaden to tender $240mn Waad Al Shamal WWTP – Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) will tender the $240mn water & waste water treatment plant (WWTP) at Waad Al Shamal Mining City in Al Hail in July 2014. The detailed design of the WWTP project is expected to be completed later this month and Maaden is expected to float the tender by the first week of July 2014. The plant will serve the Waad Al Shamal Mining City, a 440-square-kilometers industrial city being built by Maaden. Radicon Gulf Consult Kentz (RGCK) is the main consultant, while Byrne Looby Partners (BLP) is the concept design consultant for the project. Construction work is expected to start by end of November 2014 and is likely to be completed by 2Q2016. (GulfBase.com)  SABIC unveils first polycarbonate BIPV panels – Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has launched the first polycarbonate (PC) building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panels for roofing, cladding and glazing applications. The innovative solution from SABIC’s innovative plastics business, called LEXAN BIPV panel, provides architects & builders with enhanced design freedom, thermal insulation, easy installation and energy production in a single, integrated solution. These panels, which are created through a close collaboration between SABIC and Solbian Energie Alternative, combine tough,
  • 5. Page 5 of 7 lightweight, transparent LEXAN Thermoclear PC sheet with flexible PV laminated crystalline cells from Solbian and are available in a broad range of structures, configurations and colors. (GulfBase.com)  EY: Jeddah, Riyadh, Madinah hotel occupancy expands – According to a report by Ernst & Young (EY), Jeddah witnessed an 8.8% expansion in hotel rooms' yield to $207 on a 6.7% growth in average room rate to $266 and 1% in occupancy to 77%, during the first four months of 2014. Riyadh witnessed a 7.9% rise in hotel rooms' yield to $162 on account of a 7% growth in occupancy to 73% even as average room rate fell 3.1% to $220. The hotel rooms' yield rose 2.6% to $151 in Madinah as an 8.4% plunge in average room rate to $182 was made good by a 9% jump in occupancy to 82%. Makkah witnessed a 4.7% slump in rooms' yield to $136 as average room rate plunged 16.7% to $165; while there was a 10% surge in occupancy to 82%. (GulfBase.com)  Saudi Arabia becomes major importer of hard, soft wheat – The Grain Silos and Flour Mills Organization (GSFMO) said that Saudi Arabia has bought 780,000 tons of hard and soft wheat in a tender for shipment periods between September 10 and November 30, 2013. Of the total, it bought 660,000 tons of hard wheat and 120,000 tons of soft wheat. The accepted origins are the European Union, North & South America and Australia at the sellers’ option. The wheat is to be shipped in 13 consignments, with 420,000 tons for shipment to the port of Jeddah and 360,000 tons for the port of Dammam. (GulfBase.com)  Maaden Aluminum starts production at rolling mill plant – Saudi Arabian Mining Company’s (Maaden) subsidiary – Maaden Aluminum Company – has started initial production of aluminum sheets from rolling mill from June 24, 2014. The aluminum sheets will be used in the manufacture of aluminum cans and other end-use products. The rolling mill will be in its ramp-up stage until gradually reaching its designed capacity of 380 kmt per year. (Tadawul)  SAAC German subsidiary faces legal actions in Iraq – The Saudi Arabian Amiantit Company (SAAC) announced that its German subsidiary, PWT Wasser-und Abwassertechnik GmbH (PWT), is facing certain legal actions concerning its Al Samawa Unified Water Treatment Plant located south of Iraq. (Tadawul)  IDB to finance $447.6mn for new projects – Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved $447.6mn toward financing new development projects in member countries. The bank also approved three grants under the IDB Waqf fund for educational projects for Muslim communities in Kenya, Lesotho, and Trinidad and Tobago. IDB will invest $304mn in the energy sector, $220mn for a power grid extension project in Bangladesh and $83.75mn for a 132KV Mirama-Kable transmission line and distribution project in Uganda, while other approvals include $87.5mn for improvement of wastewater management and sanitary services in Al Ghadir drainage basin, Lebanon, an additional $25mn for the second phase of the Queen Alia Airport expansion project; $15mn for a primary healthcare services expansion project in Chad; and $15mn to support the development of technical & vocational schools project in Guinea. (Bloomberg)  MoE: UAE needs to roll back energy subsidies – The UAE Minister of Energy (MoE), Suhail al-Mazrouei, said that the country needs to roll back subsidies on fuel & power to help limit its energy consumption and imports of natural gas. He added that the government has yet to determine changes in prices and subsidy levels. The UAE would retain some subsidies for its citizens, who comprise about a 10th of its population. (GulfBase.com)  Aramex to inaugurate new Egypt facility in August – Aramex announced that it will inaugurate its new 14,000 square meters logistics and warehousing facility in the industrial complex of 6th of October City, in August 2014. This facility will bring Aramex Egypt’s cumulative warehousing capacity to 106,000 square meters with an option to expand to a total of 134,000 square meters in the near future. This logistics and warehousing facility is Aramex Egypt’s third biggest investment of its kind. (GulfBase.com)  Emirates to consider A350, Dreamliner for ME routes – Emirates Airline may still consider the Airbus Group A350 after scrapping a contract for 70 of the wide-body planes valued at $16bn two weeks ago. The A350 and Boeing’s rival 787 Dreamliner could meet the need for planes to operate routes within the Middle East. Both types are smaller than the A380s around which the current fleet is built, as well as the larger version of the planned Boeing 777X Emirates plans to purchase. (Bloomberg)  Arabtec former CEO receives three offers for stake sale – Arabtec’s CEO Hasan Abdullah Ismaik has three offers for his 28.85% stake, but is looking to sell his holding in the company for more than AED6 or AED 7 per share. Hasan Ismaik, who resigned as CEO on June 19, 2014 has offers from government entities and an international construction firm. (Reuters)  Borse Dubai refinances $500mn loan – Borse Dubai, the UAE’s holding for its stock exchanges has refinanced a $500mn three-year Shari’ah -compliant loan from Dubai Islamic Bank. This replaced a maturing three-year loan arranged by Emirates NBD. Reportedly, an ultra-low rate loan cost 90 basis points over the London interbank offered rate, as compared to 210-220 bps for the previous loan. (Reuters)  Mubadala Petroleum makes gas discovery in Malaysia – Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Petroleum has made a new gas discovery with significant commercial potential in Malaysia, its fourth discovery within its operating block. Mubadala Petroleum, a unit of Abu Dhabi’s investment fund Mubadala said it found substantial gas in the Pegaga well in its operating block SK320. The four gas discoveries are in proximity, including the original M-5 well success. (GulfBase.com)  NDC inaugurates 7 new rigs in Upper Zakum – The National Drilling Company (NDC) has inaugurated seven new rigs assigned for drilling operations on artificial islands at the Upper Zakum offshore oilfield. The rigs are part of NDC’s fleet expansion plans that cover land, offshore and island rigs, to serve the oil & gas industry in Abu Dhabi and keep abreast of the long-term plans of its clients. NDC CEO, Abdullah Saeed Al Suwaidi, said that the expansion plans have resulted in a doubling of the rig fleet over the past three years. (GulfBase.com)  AHB raises $500mn from Sukuk issuance – Al Hilal Bank (AHB) has raised $500mn from the sale of perpetual bonds as it seeks funds to boost capital. The Sukuk has no maturity and will pay a coupon of 5.5%. Pricing was tightened from an original guidance of about 6% as bids of about $5bn were received. Al Hilal Bank (AHB), Citigroup, Emirates NBD Capital, HSBC Holdings, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Standard Chartered managed AHB’s bond sale. (Bloomberg)  MCC, ADUG plans to form JV entity, Manchester Life Development – Manchester City Council (MCC) is planning to enter into a joint venture (JV) with Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) to establish a new JV entity Manchester Life Development Company or the regeneration of neighborhoods in east Manchester, with the aim of building more than 6,000 new
  • 6. Page 6 of 7 homes over ten years. As part of MCC’s 'Manchester Life' initiative the newly-established JV entity will oversee redevelopment & housebuilding in the city, with an initial focus on the Ancoats and New Islington districts. (Bloomberg)  Kuwait, Britain sign MoU – Kuwait and Britain have signed a MoU for scientific research and higher education, along with a six-month official plan of action for the joint steering group, which aims to promote bilateral cooperation. Under the MoU, both the countries agreed to consolidate bilateral cooperation in the fields of defense, security, immigration, health care, education, culture, trade, investment and energy, according to a joint press release issued following the meeting. Furthermore, both parties discussed the sharing of experience in the area of oil, gas, renewable energy, investment and training. (Bloomberg)  Oman MoTC floats tender for Diba-Lima-Khasab road & tunnel consultancy – Oman Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has floated a tender to select a consultant for preparing tender documents for Diba-Lima- Khasab road and tunnel, which is on a design, build, operate and maintain basis. The road is considered to be one of the strategic linking roads in Oman that will enhance trade and facilitate the flow of traffic between the wilayats of Musandam governorate and contribute toward revitalizing tourism in the governorate. The consultancy tender will be opened by July 15, 2014, while the documents will be distributed up to July 8, 2014. The estimated cost will be in the range of $1bn, while the project is among the most complex roads to be undertaken in the Sultanate. As many as 31 local and international companies are looking to pre-qualify for the construction work of the Diba-Lima- Khasab road project. (GulfBase.com)  SEZAD to seek fresh bids for design of Bulk Liquid Berths project – The Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) is seeking fresh bids for a contract to undertake the front-end engineering design (FEED) of a major Bulk Liquid Berths project at the Port of Duqm. Earlier, the offers submitted by three bidders were cancelled by SEZAD on the ground that the firms in question failed to comply with pricing criteria set out in the tender. Liquids comprising crude oil, refined petroleum products, chemicals and petrochemicals, will constitute a significant part of Port of Duqm’s cargo mix. A dedicated area for liquid berths is under development along the Northern Lee Breakwater. (GulfBase.com)  UNCTAD: Bahrain reports $989mn FDI in 2013 – According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) World Investment Report 2014, total foreign direct investment (FDI) to Bahrain in 2013 was $989mn, reflecting an increase of 11% on 2012, outpacing global FDI flows which rose by 9%. Earlier, Bahrain reported a FDI of $891mn in 2012, reflecting a 14% increase on 2011. According to the report, 2013 Bahrain’s inward FDI stocks as a percentage of gross domestic product (55.3%), FDI inflows as a percentage of nominal GDP (3%), and FDI inflows as a percentage of gross fixed capital formation (15.7%) were the highest in the GCC. (Bloomberg)
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