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  1. 1. Page 1 of 8 QE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QE index declined 2.4% to close at 11,816.5. Losses were led by the Telecoms and Real Estate indices, declining 3.7% and 2.8%, respectively. Top losers were Qatari Investors Group and Qatar Cinema & Film Distri. Co., falling 9.9% and 8.2%, respectively. Among the top gainers, Qatar General Insurance & Reins. Co. rose 2.4%, while Salam International Inv. Co. was up 1.8%. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI index fell 0.1% to close at 9,569.5. Losses were led by the Hotel & Tour. and Trans. indices, declining 2.4% and 1.1% respectively. Ash-Sharqiyah Dev. Co. fell 4.9%, while Al-Ahlia Ins. Co. was down 3.5%. Dubai: The DFM index declined 0.7% to close at 4,222.8. The Financial & Investment Services index fell 3.6%, while the Services index was down 3.2%. Shuaa Capital declined 7.7%, while Arabtec Holding was down 5.5%. Abu Dhabi: The ADX benchmark index rose 0.5% to close at 4,664.8. The Energy index gained 2.3%, while the Consumer index was up 1.9%. United Arab Bank rose 9.8%, while International Fish Farming Holding was up 9.6%. Kuwait: The KSE index gained 0.2% to close at 6,981.9. The Technology and Financial Services indices rose 0.9% and 0.8%, respectively. Housing Finance Co. gained 6.3%, while Kuwait Cement Co. was up 6.2%. Oman: The MSM index rose 0.3% to close at 6,943.2. Gains were led by the Financial and Industrial indices, rising 0.4% and 0.3%, respectively. Al Batinah Dev. Inv. Holding gained 2.9%, while Galfar Engineering & Con. was up 2.5%. Bahrain: The BHB index gained 0.1% to close at 1,432.1. The Investment index rose 0.6%, while the other indices remained unchanged or ended in red. BBK gained 2.7%, while Arab Banking Corporation was up 1.4%. Qatar Exchange Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Qatar General Ins. & Reins. Co. 46.90 2.4 2.4 17.5 Salam International Investment Co. 17.30 1.8 596.8 33.0 Doha Insurance Co. 25.25 0.8 219.1 1.0 Qatar Islamic Insurance Co. 76.90 0.3 73.5 32.8 Al Ahli Bank 50.10 0.2 4.0 18.4 Qatar Exchange Top Vol. Trades Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Masraf Al Rayan 48.00 (4.8) 1,581.5 53.4 Vodafone Qatar 17.95 (4.8) 978.0 67.6 Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Dev. 16.33 (3.5) 741.5 46.1 QNB Group 162.00 (2.7) 623.7 (5.8) Salam International Investment Co. 17.30 1.8 596.8 33.0 Market Indicators 26 Jun 14 25 Jun 14 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 531.5 580.0 (8.4) Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 643,796.2 657,100.2 (2.0) Volume (mn) 9.9 11.3 (12.5) Number of Transactions 6,247 8,011 (22.0) Companies Traded 43 42 2.4 Market Breadth 5:35 8:30 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 17,624.20 (2.4) (5.1) 18.8 N/A All Share Index 3,013.84 (2.1) (4.8) 16.5 14.4 Banks 2,830.80 (2.7) (6.2) 15.8 14.1 Industrials 4,077.90 (1.2) (4.0) 16.5 15.9 Transportation 2,120.53 (1.3) (4.1) 14.1 13.6 Real Estate 2,460.67 (2.8) (4.9) 26.0 12.3 Insurance 3,410.57 (0.2) (0.3) 46.0 8.9 Telecoms 1,529.05 (3.7) (4.8) 5.2 21.1 Consumer 6,603.51 (1.2) (2.6) 11.0 26.0 Al Rayan Islamic Index 3,939.89 (2.6) (5.5) 29.8 17.1 GCC Top Gainers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% United Arab Bank Abu Dhabi 6.26 9.8 13.5 11.6 Emirates NBD Dubai 8.37 7.3 126.0 31.8 Kuwait Cement Co. Kuwait 0.43 6.2 6.8 17.8 Com. Bank of Dubai Dubai 5.85 4.5 100.0 35.8 Abu Dhabi Com. Bank Abu Dhabi 7.3 4.3 2,016.5 12.3 GCC Top Losers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Qatari Investors Group Qatar 52.5 (9.9) 134.3 20.1 Arabtec Holding Dubai 3.1 (5.5) 110,791.5 51.2 Vodafone Qatar Qatar 17.95 (4.8) 978.0 67.6 Masraf Al Rayan Qatar 48 (4.8) 1,581.5 53.4 Dubai Financial Mark. Dubai 3.06 (4.4) 6,251.8 23.9 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% Qatari Investors Group 52.50 (9.9) 134.3 20.1 Qatar Cinema & Film Distri. Co. 41.50 (8.2) 4.3 3.5 Vodafone Qatar 17.95 (4.8) 978.0 67.6 Masraf Al Rayan 48.00 (4.8) 1,581.5 53.4 Medicare Group 77.50 (4.6) 21.8 47.6 Qatar Exchange Top Val. Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% QNB Group 162.00 (2.7) 101,958.9 (5.8) Masraf Al Rayan 48.00 (4.8) 78,043.8 53.4 Industries Qatar 170.00 0.0 39,346.6 0.7 Commercial Bank of Qatar 63.30 (3.7) 29,629.5 7.3 Qatar Islamic Bank 85.10 (0.1) 26,736.6 23.3 Source: Bloomberg (* in QR) Regional Indices Close 1D% WTD% MTD% YTD% Exch. Val. Traded ($ mn) Exchange Mkt. Cap. ($ mn) P/E** P/B** Dividend Yield Qatar* 11,816.50 (2.4) (5.1) (13.7) 13.8 145.98 176,786.4 14.7 2.0 4.2 Dubai 4,222.75 (0.7) (8.1) (17.0) 25.3 271.98 83,980.8 17.0 1.7 2.5 Abu Dhabi 4,664.77 0.5 (2.9) (11.2) 8.7 85.65 131,013.5 13.8 1.7 3.6 Saudi Arabia 9,569.49 (0.1) (0.8) (2.6) 12.1 2,050.19 522,125.5 19.1 2.3 2.9 Kuwait 6,981.85 0.2 0.6 (4.2) (7.5) 54.26 109,770.2 16.5 1.1 4.0 Oman 6,943.19 0.3 0.4 1.3 1.6 22.44 25,736.1 12.1 1.7 4.0 Bahrain 1,432.05 0.1 (0.2) (1.9) 14.7 0.65 53,495.9 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) 11,800 11,900 12,000 12,100 12,200 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00
  2. 2. Page 2 of 8 Qatar Market Commentary  The QE index declined 2.4% to close at 11,816.5. The Telecoms and Real Estate indices led the losses. The index fell on the back of selling pressure from non-Qatari shareholders despite buying support from Qatari shareholders.  Qatari Investors Group and Qatar Cinema & Film Distribution Co. were the top losers, falling 9.9% and 8.2%, respectively. Among the top gainers, Qatar General Insurance & Reins. Co. rose 2.4%, while Salam International Investment Co. was up 1.8%.  Volume of shares traded on Thursday fell by 12.5% to 9.9mn from 11.3mn on Wednesday. Further, as compared to the 30-day moving average of 22.6mn, volume for the day was 56.2% lower. Masraf Al Rayan and Vodafone Qatar were the most active stocks, contributing 16.0% and 9.9% 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 Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) Fitch Kuwait LT IDR/ST IDR/SR/VR BBB/F3/2/bb A-/F1/1/bb  Stable – Dubai Investments Park Development Company (DIPDC) S&P UAE LT CCR/SIR BB/BB BB+/BB+  Stable – First Gulf Bank (FGB) CI UAE FSR/LT FCR/ST FCR/SR A+/A+/A1/2 A+/A+/A1/2 – 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, VR – Viability Rating, CCR – Corporate Credit Rating, Sukuk Issue Ratings – SIR) Global Economic Data Date Market Source Indicator Period Actual Consensus Previous 06/26 US Department of Labor Initial Jobless Claims 21 June 312K 310K 314K 06/26 US Department of Labor Continuing Claims 14 June 2571K 2565K 2559K 06/26 US BEA Personal Income May 0.40% 0.40% 0.30% 06/26 US BEA Personal Spending May 0.20% 0.40% 0.00% 06/26 US BEA PCE Core MoM May 0.20% 0.20% 0.20% 06/26 US BEA PCE Core YoY May 1.50% 1.50% 1.40% 06/26 US Bloomberg Bloomberg Consumer Comfort 22 June 37.1 – 37.1 06/27 EU European Commission Economic Confidence June 102.0 103.0 102.6 06/27 EU European Commission Industrial Confidence June -4.3 -3.0 -3.1 06/27 EU European Commission Services Confidence June 4.2 4.0 3.8 06/27 EU European Commission Business Climate Indicator June 0.2 0.4 0.4 06/26 France INSEE Consumer Confidence June 86.0 85.0 85.0 06/27 France INSEE GDP YoY 1Q2014 0.70% 0.80% 0.80% 06/27 France INSEE Consumer Spending MoM May 1.00% 0.30% -0.20% 06/27 France INSEE Consumer Spending YoY May -0.60% -1.10% -0.40% 06/27 France INSEE PPI MoM May -0.50% – -0.20% 06/27 France INSEE PPI YoY May -0.20% – -0.90% 06/27 Germany Destatis Import Price Index MoM May 0.00% 0.00% -0.30% 06/27 Germany Destatis Import Price Index YoY May -2.10% -2.20% -2.40% 06/27 Germany Destatis CPI MoM June 0.30% 0.20% -0.10% 06/27 Germany Destatis CPI YoY June 1.00% 1.00% 0.90% 06/27 UK GfK NOP (UK) GfK Consumer Confidence June 1.0 2.0 0.0 06/27 UK Lloyds Bank Lloyds Business Barometer June 51.0 – 41.0 06/27 UK ONS GDP QoQ 1Q2014 0.80% 0.80% 0.80% 06/27 UK ONS GDP YoY 1Q2014 3.00% 3.10% 3.10% 06/27 UK ONS Current Account Balance 1Q2014 -18.5B -17.3B -23.5B 06/27 UK ONS Index of Services MoM April 0.30% 0.30% 0.50% 06/27 UK ONS Index of Services 3M/3M April 0.90% 0.90% 0.80% 06/27 UK ONS Total Business Investment QoQ 1Q2014 5.00% 2.70% 2.70% 06/27 UK ONS Total Business Investment YoY 1Q2014 10.60% 8.70% 8.70% 06/27 Spain INE CPI YoY June 0.10% 0.10% 0.20% Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari 66.51% 46.36% 107,097,032.25 Non-Qatari 33.49% 53.64% (107,097,032.25)
  3. 3. Page 3 of 8 06/27 Italy ISTAT Business Confidence June 100 100 99.8 06/27 Italy ISTAT Economic Sentiment June 88.4 – 86.9 06/27 China NBS Leading Index May 99.46 – 99.68 06/27 Japan MIC Jobless Rate May 3.50% 3.60% 3.60% 06/27 Japan MIC Overall Household Spending YoY May -8.00% -2.30% -4.60% 06/27 Japan MIC Natl CPI YoY May 3.70% 3.70% 3.40% Source: Bloomberg (s.a. = seasonally adjusted; n.s.a. = non-seasonally adjusted; w.d.a. = working day adjusted) News Qatar  MDPS: Qatar reports higher consumer confidence in 1Q2014 – According to the Ministry of Development Planning & Statistics (MDPS), Qatar’s economic development, the consequent job opportunities and better income, has led Qatar to report higher consumer confidence in 1Q2014. However, rising prices in general and rents in particular, resulted in pessimism about the financial situation of households, which made consumers to become wary of higher inflation in the coming months. The Qatar Consumer Confidence Index (CCI), released by MDPS showed that 46.7% of households felt that their financial situation improved over the past 12 months as compared to 47.4% in the December 2013 survey results. Further, 45.7% of households felt their financial situation was the same as 12 months before as compared to 37.8% in December 2013. However, a few households (6.7%) felt that their financial situation was worse during 1Q2014, owing to an increase in prices of essentials and a general rise in living expenses. The CCI found 37.2% of households do not buy durable goods as long as they do not need them as compared to 23.7% in December. 21.3% of respondents said it is not the suitable time to buy these goods as against 29.6% in December, which reflects an improvement in the household financial situation. (GulfBase.com, QSA)  QCB to issue T-bills worth QR4bn – The Qatar Central Bank (QCB) will issue three-month treasury bills worth QR2bn, and six-month and nine-month bills worth QR1bn each. These bills will be issued on July 1, 2014. (QCB)  QC: Qatar opens doors to foreign construction firms – According to a senior official of the Qatar Chamber (QC), Qatar needs more contractors in line with more than $200bn worth of infrastructure development projects and other construction work related to the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. QC’s Vice Chairman Mohamed bin Ahmed al-Kuwari emphasized that Qatar’s construction sector is open to the international market, particularly for companies that are willing to take part in the country’s economic development. Qatar is experiencing a drastic change in economic development, which is why Al- Kuwari stated that the country needs more contractors to be involved in the coming years. (Gulf-Times.com)  QATI acquires Antares – Qatar Insurance Company (QATI) has completed the acquisition of Antares Holdings, a specialist insurance and reinsurance group operating in the Lloyd’s market. QATI has obtained all the necessary regulatory approvals for the acquisition, which will enable the company to strengthen its position in the global insurance market. (Bloomberg)  Barwa Bank to jointly manage UK debut sovereign sukuk – Barwa Bank has been appointed as one of the five Joint Lead Managers for the UK’s £200m debut sovereign sukuk, a landmark transaction that will see the first Shari’ah-compliant issuance by a western nation. Barwa Bank takes its place alongside HSBC, Standard Chartered, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and CIMB of Malaysia. Among the five banks involved, Barwa Bank is the only Qatari bank selected and the only wholly Shari’ah-compliant mandated bank on the panel. (Peninsula Qatar)  QIGD postpones EGM – Qatar Investors Group (QIGD) has postponed its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) due to lack of quorum. The second meeting will now be held on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm. (QE)  Nebras Power acquires shares in Jordan solar plant – Qatar-based Nebras Power Company has entered into an agreement to acquire significant shares in a 52.5MW solar power plant in Jordan along with Diamond Generating Europe, Ltd (DGE) – a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation and Kawar Group. Upon completion of the transaction, Nebras Power will have 35%, DGE 35% and Kawar Group 30% interest in the project. Nebras Power said that the transaction is subject to customary approvals and is expected to be closed in July 2014. Nebras Power along with its partners will finance, build own and operate the solar power plant in Ma’an city in Jordan, one of the first and the largest clean energy power projects in Jordan. (Peninsula Qatar)  Regency opens branch at SCH – Regency Travel & Tours has opened a branch at the headquarters of the Supreme Council of Health. Hassan Mohamed al-Abdullah, Head of Media Supporting Services at the Supreme Council of Health, and other dignitaries attended the inaugural ceremony. Al-Abdullah said the opening of the SCH branch was part of the council’s efforts to provide the best services to its employees and visitors. (Gulf–Times.com)  QIIK launches Qatar’s only Ferrari Credit Card – Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIK) has launched Qatar’s first ‘Ferrari Credit Card’, which is available exclusively to the bank’s elite ‘Wajaha’ members. The Wajaha Ferrari credit card was launched at a ceremony held recently. Dignitaries included QIIK Chairman & Managing Director Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah al-Thani, Commercial Bank Director Omar Alfardan and QIIK’s CEO, Abdulbasit A.al-Shaibei. (Gulf-Times.com)  QE trading hours unchanged during Ramadan – The Qatar Exchange (QE) announced that its working hours will not change during the holy month of Ramadan. Trading hours will be from 9.30am to 1.15pm with a pre-opening session starting at 9:00am and ending at 9:30am. Normal working hours for other business and services will be from 8.30am to 1.30pm. (QE)  QA to add flights to Japan route – Qatar Airways (QA) has announced plans to expand its connectivity to Japan, following its new route launch to Tokyo Haneda International Airport last week. The Doha-based carrier said that from July 12 it will partner with its fellow Oneworld alliance member, Japan Airlines, for an additional five code share domestic routes. (Bloomberg) International  QNB Group: Singapore provides useful lessons in economic diversification for Qatar, GCC – QNB Group (QNBK) stated that Singapore’s remarkable development over the last five decades provides useful lessons for Qatar and other
  4. 4. Page 4 of 8 GCC countries, which seek to diversify their economies away from oil into a more sustainable model of development. Back in the 1960s when it was a regional trading post serving the British, Singapore was one of the poorest countries in Asia. Since then, it has transformed itself into an advanced economy, with the third highest per capita GDP in the world after Qatar and Luxembourg. Singapore went through several stages in its astonishing development, starting with basic industrialization, and then moving to more sophisticated industries, before developing as a regional hub for trade and financial services. Its latest phase of development is establishing itself as a knowledge-based economy. In 1960, British military bases accounted for nearly a fifth of nominal GDP and around 75% population had no primary education. Since then, the economy developed at a remarkable speed. Between 1966 and 2013, its real GDP per capita grew fifteen-fold. (Gulf-Times.com)  QNB Group: China set to become world’s largest economy in 2014 – China is set to become the world’s largest economy in 2014 even as it faces the challenges of advancing to a consumer-based society with open capital markets and a modern financial system. In its ‘China Economic Insight 2014’, QNB Group (QNBK) stated that China has the highest savings in the world worth around $5tn. The report analyses how China is surpassing the US and the EU to become the biggest economy in the world and faces the challenges of advancing to a consumer-based society with open capital markets and a modern financial system. The country is now the most populous nation (1.36bn people), the largest contributor to global growth and the largest exporter in the world. China has transformed itself over the last 30 years from a predominantly agrarian economy to become the world’s factory, lifting 500mn people out of poverty in the process. Nevertheless, China remains a middle-income country, with the challenge of raising itself to a high-income economy — GDP per capita was just under $12,000 in China in 2013, compared with $53,000 in the US. QNBK said that real GDP growth is expected to slow gradually from 7.7% in 2013 to 7.2% by 2016, reflecting an investment slowdown and a recovery of global demand. (Gulf-Times.com)  US consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 in June – Consumer sentiment in the US improved in June as higher stock prices and an improving labor market helped bolster Americans' views of the economy. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s Final Sentiment Index climbed to 82.5 from 81.9 in May. Earlier, economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected an increase to 82. Better employment opportunities, record stock prices and improved property values are giving confidence to consumers, reducing the odds that consumers will retrench. At the same time, Americans are paying more at gas pumps and grocery- store checkout lines, underscoring the need for bigger wage gains. The index averaged 89 in the five years before December 2007, when the recession began, and 64.2 in the 18-month contraction that followed. Stocks fluctuated, with the S&P 500 Index poised for a weekly drop, while utilities and consumer shares led gains. (Bloomberg)  Eurozone economic sentiment slumps in June – Economic sentiment in the Eurozone fell unexpectedly in June on fears that fighting in Iraq would push up oil prices and that any escalation in the Ukraine crisis could drag on its growth. The European Commission's Economic Sentiment Index (ESI) for the 18 country group fell to 102.0 from a revised 102.6 in May. Earlier, economists had forecast a rise to 103.0. The decline was mainly due to a drop in optimism in the industry and construction sectors, as well as among consumers. The ESI survey is typically carried out in the first half of the month, since when tensions have eased between Moscow and western countries over Ukraine, where an uprising by pro-Russian separatists has claimed hundreds of lives. Oil prices have dropped nearly $3 from a nine-month high of $115.71 hit on June 19 as output from Iraq's major southern oilfields remained unaffected by fighting in the north and west. The decline in economic sentiment confirms the previous poor data such as the Purchasing Managers Indices (PMIs), and adds urgency to EU leaders' attempts to accelerate growth. (Reuters)  Japan prices rise most since 1982 on tax, utility fees; jobless rate hits 16-year low – Japan’s consumer prices climbed at the fastest pace in 32 years, boosted by higher utility charges and a sales-tax increase that contributed to the biggest slide in household spending since the March 2011 earthquake. The official statistics bureau said consumer prices excluding fresh food rose 3.4% YoY in May, matching the median projection in a Bloomberg News survey of 30 economists. Household expenditure dropped 8% YoY, more than any forecast. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said price gains will probably slow in coming months before accelerating again toward the bank’s 2% target. Now, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s task is to convince companies to dig into record cash stockpiles and raise wages to keep up with inflation. Overall inflation was at 3.7%, while the gauge excluding perishables and energy was at 2.2%. Meanwhile, the country’s jobless rate fell to 3.5%, the lowest since 1997 and a level the BoJ says is near full employment. (Bloomberg, Reuters)  NBS: Chinese factory profit growth slows in May despite positive data – Annual growth in China's industrial profits slowed to 8.9% in May 2014, the weakest pace this year, signaling challenges facing Chinese firms despite signs of stabilization in the economy. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said profits earned by Chinese industrial firms rose 8.9% in May to CNY512.7bn from a year earlier, slowing from a 9.6% rise in April. The rise in profits was the slowest since December 2013. NBS only published combined profits for the first two months of this year, which rose 9.4% from a year earlier. For the first five months of 2014, profits rose 9.8% from the same period of last year to CNY2.28tn. The pace was slower than the 10% expansion in the first four months. Recent data reinforced market expectations that the world's second-largest economy is powering through its recent soft patch, as the government uses targeted stimulus measures to support growth, even if the recovery may be patchy. However, Chinese manufacturers are struggling to cope with falling factory-gate prices, which have eroded their profit margins. China's producer price index (PPI) fell 1.4% in May from a year earlier – the 27th consecutive month of decline. (Reuters) Regional  Yansab declares dividend for 1H2014 – Saudi-based Yanbu National Petrochemical Company (Yansab) has proposed a cash dividend of SR1.5 per share for 1H2014. The figure is higher than the SR1.0 per share, which the company paid out for 1H2013. (GulfBase.com)  BHI wins HRSG contract for Rabigh power plant – Foster Wheeler has announced that BHI Company, a licensee of its Global Power Group, has been awarded a contract by Samsung C&T for the design and supply of six heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for the 2,100 megawatt Rabigh II combined-cycle power plant in Saudi Arabia. Commercial operation of the units is scheduled to begin in 2017. BHI will design and supply the six HRSGs, which will be coupled to six SGT6-5000F Siemens gas turbines firing natural gas and oil. (GulfBase.com)
  5. 5. Page 5 of 8  $27bn expansion works started in Mecca – Saudi Arabian authorities have undertaken a major expansion project around the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The project, estimated at up to $27bn, is meant to expand and improve the infrastructure around the holy pilgrimage site, enabling it to handle the movement of as many as 130,000 pilgrims an hour. The project is being carried out in stages and the first phase is set for completion before the start of Ramadan. For the expansion works in Mecca, Dubai Cable Company (Ducab) will supply fire retardant and halogen cables that do not emit toxic gases, when exposed to fire. The other phases of the expansion project include facilities for the old and disabled, rest rooms and tunnels to prevent overcrowding. Other infrastructure improvements such as a district cooling plant and power and water stations are planned. (GulfBase.com)  ICD signs agreements with OFID, Republic of Sierra Leone – The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) have signed an agreement for mutual cooperation for the purpose of furthering their mandate and objectives. Meanwhile, the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDBG), ICD and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development of the Republic of Sierra Leone have signed a MoU to facilitate cooperation and coordination between the parties in the development and implementation of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Sierra Leone. In addition, the parties seek to develop a clear roadmap for SEZs that would help guide the prioritization of each SEZ project giving the expected implication on the economic, legal and institutional environment in Sierra Leone. (GulfBase.com)  Jadwa appoints new head for PE & IB – Jadwa Investment has appointed Saad Al-Saif as the Managing Director and head of its Private Equity & Investment Banking (PE & IB) division. Al- Saif will be responsible for leading Jadwa’s PE & IB business and guiding its growth plans. Al-Saif has a longstanding track record of more than 13 years in PE & IB, debt and equity capital markets, and Islamic finance with a transactional experience exceeding SR25bn. (GulfBase.com)  RSHC pursues construction projects in KAEC – Red Sea Housing Services Company (RSHC) has commenced construction of a housing camp and a factory inside King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh. The housing camp is to accommodate the employees of investing companies in KAEC, while the factory will be specialized in the production of prefabricated housing units. RSHC expects to complete the housing project and commence operations by 2Q2015, while construction of the factory is expected to be completed in 3Q2015. Total expenses associated with executing the first phase of both the projects amounted to SR7.3mn. (Tadawul)  SAAC to sell CPIC’s 5.5% stake for SR103mn – Saudi Arabian Amiantit Company (SAAC) has entered into a share- transfer agreement to sell its 5.4975% stake in its China-based glass fiber producing company, Chongqing Polycomp International Corporation (CPIC) to Yuntianhua Group Company, for a purchase consideration of SR103mn. The agreement has been submitted to the approving authorities of China and is expected to be approved in the coming weeks. If approved, the sale will generate a net capital gain of approximately SR21mn for 2014. (Tadawul)  SABIC, Mitsubishi Rayon sign SR4.5bn JV – Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Japan-based textile company, Mitsubishi Rayon Company have proceeded with their 50:50 JV, following SABIC completing all requirements for establishing the JV with a capital of SR1.35bn. The JV will construct two plants in the east of the Kingdom worth SR4.5bn. The plants at Jubail Industrial City will be built by Taiwan-based CTCI Corporation, to produce 250,000 metric tons annually of Methyl Methacrylate Monomer (MMA) and the other plant of 40,000 metric tons capacity for Poly Methyl Methacrylate (PMMA) a year. The engineering works are scheduled to begin on June 25, 2014, and completed in 1Q2017. The project will be financed by partners and banks. (Tadawul)  Al-Khodari Sons’ BoD recommends adding new activities – Abdullah A. M. Al-Khodari Sons Company’s (Al-Khodari Sons) board of directors (BoD) has recommended adding new activities in solar energy. The new activities recommended include solar energy generation, power transmission & distribution; operation & maintenance of solar energy systems; trade in equipment and materials for solar energy generation and distribution; supply and installation of solar energy systems, as well as contracting, operation & maintenance services related to nuclear energy. (Tadawul)  Airbus, IDB back Islamic aircraft leasing fund – European planemaker, Airbus Group and Islamic Development Bank (IDB) are creating a Shari’ah-compliant aircraft leasing fund to cater to growing demand for commercial financing from airlines in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Airbus developed the fund together with Quantum Investment Bank and Palma Capital, and will seed it together with the IDB. The fund, which will exclusively finance Airbus aircraft, has a target size of $5bn and could help boost Airbus’ edge against rival Boeing in the fast growing commercial airline market in the Gulf region. Cayman Islands-based International Airfinance Corporation will serve as the fund manager. (Reuters)  IDB aims to triple size of infrastructure fund to $2bn – Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has relaunched its infrastructure fund with backing from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Brunei, with an aim to raise $2bn. The fund is targeting a final closing for early 2015 with a combined $750mn in commitments from these three countries. The new fund would mobilize up to $24bn of aggregate financing to support development of key infrastructure projects in member countries. Newly-formed ASMA Capital Partners will manage the IDB fund, which is a Bahrain-based asset management firm owned by the IDB and the three sovereigns through their pension funds and finance ministries. (Reuters)  UAE firm to invest AED19.8bn in Belgrade project – UAE- based Eagle Hills is planning to invest up to AED19.8bn to build a large business, residential and commercial property in the river zone of the Serbian capital, Belgrade. The project is designed to completely rebuild a run-down area at the heart of the Balkan city. The project includes a 200-meter tower similar in style to Dubai's Burj Khalifa skyscraper, as well as a mega shopping mall, flats, offices and leisure zones, covering one million square meters. The project is expected to start in 2015. (Bloomberg)  Deyaar sells 5.98 acre land in Texas – Deyaar Development has sold its 5.98 acre land in Houston, Texas for $34mn, resulting in the current books a net gain of AED16mn. The company aims to reinvest the funds into expanding its project portfolio in Dubai. (DFM)  DIC divests 66% stake in Globalpharma – Dubai Investments (DIC) has divested 66% equity stake in its pharmaceutical subsidiary, Globalpharma Company. The group will continue to hold 34% equity in Globalpharma. This transaction yielded a healthy IRR of 26% over a 10-year period for DIC, which has divested 66% to an investor group led by Sanofi. Globalpharma will be managed as a Sanofi company and will become the
  6. 6. Page 6 of 8 platform to manufacture and promote the generics portfolio of Sanofi in the Middle East market. (Bloomberg)  China invests AED1.3bn in Dubai realty – Chinese retail investors have invested about AED1.3bn in Dubai’s real estate in 2013, nearly tripling the figure of AED486mn in 2012. Statistics from the Dubai Land Department (DLD) show that about 1,000 individuals from China have invested in land, residential housing and office in 2013 as compared to 288 investors in 2012. (GulfBase.com)  Al Thuriah plans two new residential towers – Al Thuriah has started the construction of two new residential towers on the border of Sharjah and Dubai. Sahara 4 and 5 are the latest additions to the Sahara Complex, which is being built. Sahara 4 will have 6 floors of reserved parking space and 27 residential floors, while Sahara 5 will have 5 floors of parking space and 15 floors of residential space. The apartments in both Sahara Tower 4 and Sahara Tower 5 are available for freehold to GCC nationals and Arabs with a UAE resident visa. The company added that its Sahara 3 Tower will be completed ahead of schedule and ready for occupancy by December 2014. (Bloomberg)  FGB concludes 5-year bond on new Tokyo Pro-Bond Market – First Gulf Bank (FGB) has concluded a 5-year 10bn Yen bond as part of the $1bn Tokyo Pro-Bond Market program registered by the bank on June 11, 2014. The bonds were priced at a coupon rate of 0.863% per annum. HSBC Bank and Mizuho International led the transaction, which has been listed on June 27, 2014 under the $1bn program listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and registered under the First Gulf Bank $3.5bn Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) program. FGB is the first organization from the Middle East to issue under the new Tokyo Pro-Bond Market. (GulfBase.com)  UNB wins two awards at 2014 Banker ME Product Awards – Union National Bank (UNB) has won two product awards, Best Car Loan and Best Personal Loan products at the 2014 Banker Middle East Product Awards. This is the 5th year in a row that UNB has won awards at the Banker Middle East product awards. (GulfBase.com)  Yahsat reveals plans to launch third satellite – Abu Dhabi’s Yahsat has announced plans to launch its third satellite, extending coverage of its satellite broadband service, YahClick, to Latin America for the first time. The new satellite, named Al Yah 3, will be launched in 2016. Yahsat is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Government’s strategic investment vehicle Mubadala Development. The new satellite would expand its Ka-band coverage – which offers satellite broadband and backhaul services for telecoms networks – to an additional 17 countries and 600mn users across Latin America and Africa. This will include coverage for more than 95% of the population in Brazil. The third satellite would place Yahsat as the world’s eighth largest operator in terms of revenue. (GulfBase.com)  Masdar awards Degremont contract to build desalination plant – Masdar has awarded Degremont, a subsidiary of the French utility Suez Environnement, a contract to build a desalination pilot plant in Abu Dhabi powered 100% by renewable energy. The plant will be more energy-efficient than any other currently in operation. The pilot plant is expected to have minimal environmental impact and be suitable for the UAE’s seawater and desert conditions. Degremont will be responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, construction, operation, maintenance and evaluation of the pilot plant, over the course of 18 months. Some elements of the project will be conducted in collaboration with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Laborelec, a technical centre of GDF Suez. The cost of building and operating the plant and services will be shared with Masdar. The second phase of the program will push Masdar to develop technology for large- scale desalination technology plants fully powered by renewable energy. (GulfBase.com)  AECB, TRA sign MoU on information security – Abu Dhabi’s Al Etihad Credit Bureau (AECB) has entered into a MoU with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s initiative, Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT). The agreement will build cooperation and joint action initiatives between the parties, to increase awareness about the information security and to strengthen IT systems. aeCERT provides services to government companies and agencies to enhance the confidentiality and security standards of IT and security systems by providing the necessary guidance and e-instructions to manage potential security threats. (Bloomberg)  ADNOC Distribution to launch reformulated low sulfur diesel – Abu Dhabi-based integrated energy company, ADNOC Distribution is all set to launch a reformulated low-sulfur diesel product in the UAE market starting July 1, 2014. This follows the UAE Cabinet’s decision to standardize the specifications of diesel products as part of updated guidelines announced by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology. The new diesel product contains 10 ppm of sulfur and will replace the existing product that contains 500 ppm. (Bloomberg)  Streit Group to expand in RAK FTZ – Canada-based armoured vehicles manufacturer, Streit Group has signed a land lease agreement that will triple the size of its facilities at the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ). The most recent expansion in Ras Al Khaimah, from 1.4mn square feet, will allow the company to increase production from 1,450 units to 1,500 units per year, and to increase the number of its employees from 648 to 1,000 by the end of 2014. The expansion will also include a larger employee accommodation, a bullet-proof glass factory, pre-fabrication facilities, fuelling stations, a helipad and support manufacturing facilities. (Bloomberg)  Kuwait real estate sector performs strongly in May – Kuwait real estate sales have reached KD355mn in May, 2014, with an increase of 24% YoY. Sales were up 30% in the first five months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Sales in the residential sector reached KD170mn in May, a 15% YoY increase. The number of transactions reached 462 in May. In terms of geographical distribution, 35% of all transactions took place in Ahmadi governorate, followed by 24% in Mubarak Al- Kabeer and 15% in Hawalli. In the residential sector, 57% of transactions involved the purchase and sale of land or vacant plots. Sales in the investment sector stood at KD145mn in May, up 41% YoY. However, the sector also experienced a decline of 22% YoY in the number of transactions to 136, with the average transaction size of KD1.1mn. Whole buildings accounted for 48% of all transactions in the investment sector, individual apartments comprised 37% of all transactions. The majority of these were in Mahboula. Transactions involving vacant plots accounted for 10%. Sales in the commercial sector climbed to KD40mn in May, an increase of 12.5% YoY. The sector recorded 10 transactions. The Kuwait Credit Bank approved 551 loans worth approximately KD33mn in May. The value of loans approved declined on a YoY basis by 16%. Meanwhile, the value of loans disbursed by the Credit Bank reached KD16mn, an increase of 60% YoY. (GulfBase.com)  CBK approves final format of Basel III standard – The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) has approved the instructions of Basel III capital adequacy standard in its final format for both conventional and Islamic banks. According to a CBK press
  7. 7. Page 7 of 8 release, the board had already adopted on December 24, 2013 the regulatory capital structure and the transitional phase for implementation thereof in the light of the positive outcomes of the quantitative impact study (QIS) reflecting the ability of banks to meet Basel III capital adequacy standards despite the additional requirements with respect to regulatory capital. (Bloomberg)  Bank Dhofar to raise $75mn capital-boosting loan – Oman- based Bank Dhofar’s board of directors has approved to raise a $75mn subordinated loan to support their capital adequacy position. The loan would support the bank’s Tier 2 capital and is subject to legal and regulatory approval. (MSM)  WJ Towell launches Future Generations to support SMEs – WJ Towell has launched the Future Generations (Ajyal Mustaqbal) as one of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives whose role will be to help ambitious Omani youth to develop their own small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) that is aimed at providing real job opportunities away from traditional fields of employment. Future Generations aims at improving Omani individuals and developing their capabilities in all fields, is a brainchild of WJ Towel which strongly believes in competencies and skills of Omani men and women and develop their own SMEs and in securing success for them through financial partnership and strategic assistance. (GulfBase.com)  AHEC to begin Ghaba North Redevelopment project – Al Hassan Engineering Company (AHEC) has announced that it has received a letter of award from PDO for the construction for Ghaba North Redevelopment project. The project is worth about OMR19mn, and is expected to be completed by August 31, 2016. AHEC is expecting reasonable income from this project. (MSM)  CBO: Oman’s foreign assets rose by 11.2% – According to a report by the Central Bank of Oman (CBO), Oman’s foreign assets during 2013 increased by 11.2% to OMR6.1bn compared to OMR5.5bn at the end of December 2012. The balance of payments position of the Sultanate continued to be comfortable during 2013 supported by continued growth in Omani exports, both oil and non-oil. Total merchandise exports stood at RO 21.7 billion during 2013 and increased by 8.2 per cent over the last year. At the same time, merchandise imports rose sharply by 24.2 per cent to RO 12.2 billion during 2013. According to the report, the overall balance of payments position indicated a surplus of RO 4.7 billion during 2013 leading to a rise in foreign exchange reserves of Oman. (Bloomberg)  Investcorp ends talks with fashion designer Cavalli – According to sources, Bahrain-based Investcorp has ended talks to acquire a majority stake in the Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli. Cavalli was hoping to receive an offer from Investcorp by a June 30 deadline but the two could not agree on price, with the fashion house wanting up to €450mn for the stake. (GulfBase.com)  Fine Fair to invest $20mn in Bahrain – UAE-based apparel firm Emirates Fine Fair is planning to invest $20mn in Bahrain over the next two years as it expands its family fashion brand, Fine Fair, across the kingdom. Fine Fair has an annual turnover of $100mn. (GulfBase.com)  BHB announces trading hours for Ramadan – Bahrain Bourse (BHB) has announced its work schedule for the holy month of Ramadan, the trading hours will be from 10:30am to 12:30pm, with the pre-opening session starting at 10:15am to 10:30am. BHB’s official working hours will be from 8:00 am until 2:00pm. (BHB)
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