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  1. 1. Page 1 of 6 QE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QE index rose 1.0% to close at 12,991.2. Gains were led by the Transportation and Consumer Goods & Services indices, gaining 1.9% and 1.8%, respectively. Top gainers were Medicare Group and Widam Food Co., rising 10.0% and 4.2%, respectively. Among the top losers, Ezdan Holding Group fell 3.0%, while Ooredoo declined 2.8%. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI index rose 1.0% to close at 10,405.8. Gains were led by the Building & Constr. and Real Estate Dev. indices, rising 2.4% and 2.3%, respectively. Al Hammadi and Mouwasat Med. Serv. gained 10.0% each. Dubai: The DFM index gained 1.3% to close at 4,885.2. The Transportation index gained 2.0%, while the Real Estate & Construction index rose 1.8%. Int. Financial Advisors rose 9.1%, while National Industries Group was up 7.7%. Abu Dhabi: The ADX benchmark index fell 0.2% to close at 4,984.3. The Ind. index declined 1.4%, while Banking index was down 0.5%. Nat. Bank of Umm Al-Qaiwain declined 9.8%, while Umm Al-Qaiwain Cement was down 8.6%. Kuwait: The KSE index gained 0.3% to close at 7,144.3. The Consumer Serv. index rose 1.4%, while Consumer Goods index was up 1.1%. Pearl of Kuwait Real Estate Co. surged 12.9%, while Gulf Glass Manu. Co. was up 9.4%. Oman: The MSM index rose 1.4% to close at 7,329.0. Gains were led by the Financial and Industrial indices, rising 1.5% and 1.0%, respectively. Raysut Cement gained 5.6%, while Oman & Emirates Inv. Holding was up 3.5%. Bahrain: The BHB index gained 0.2% to close at 1,475.3. The Commercial Banking index rose 0.6%, while the Services index rose 0.2%. Al Salam Bank gained 4.8%, while Khaleeji Commercial Bank was up 2.0%. Qatar Exchange Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Medicare Group 118.20 10.0 377.2 125.1 Widam Food Co. 56.90 4.2 61.0 10.1 Qatar Gas Transport Co. 24.80 3.6 2,402.9 22.5 Gulf Warehousing Co. 50.00 3.1 5.5 20.5 Qatar German Co. for Med. Dev. 14.09 2.8 56.3 1.7 Qatar Exchange Top Vol. Trades Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Dev. 20.25 0.0 5,462.2 81.1 Ezdan Holding Group 19.85 (3.0) 3,518.3 16.8 United Development Co. 28.90 2.5 2,832.6 34.2 Qatar Gas Transport Co. 24.80 3.6 2,402.9 22.5 Vodafone Qatar 19.30 1.0 1,108.8 80.2 Market Indicators 04 Aug 14 03 Aug 14 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 871.1 493.3 76.6 Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 693,157.9 690,222.7 0.4 Volume (mn) 23.8 13.7 74.3 Number of Transactions 9,236 5,628 64.1 Companies Traded 41 41 0.0 Market Breadth 27:11 21:16 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 19,376.30 1.0 0.9 30.7 N/A All Share Index 3,285.31 0.9 0.9 27.0 15.9 Banks 3,167.55 1.2 0.8 29.6 15.5 Industrials 4,270.12 0.4 (0.2) 22.0 16.4 Transportation 2,287.75 1.9 2.6 23.1 14.6 Real Estate 2,781.42 1.3 3.6 42.4 15.0 Insurance 3,821.77 1.6 1.8 63.6 12.1 Telecoms 1,555.49 (1.9) (1.4) 7.0 22.0 Consumer 7,267.02 1.8 3.6 22.2 27.7 Al Rayan Islamic Index 4,408.94 1.7 2.7 45.2 18.9 GCC Top Gainers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Al Mouwasat Med.Ser. Saudi Arabia 118.75 10.0 284.2 29.1 Saudi Dairy & Food Co. Saudi Arabia 126.20 9.8 207.1 46.3 Knowledge Eco. City Saudi Arabia 26.10 9.7 8,997.3 47.5 Makkah Const. & Dev. Saudi Arabia 86.90 6.3 486.5 34.7 Raysut Cement Co. Oman 2.18 5.6 16.3 8.2 GCC Top Losers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% NBQ Abu Dhabi 3.33 (9.8) 239.5 0.9 Nat. Bank of Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi 13.55 (4.6) 1,311.8 7.2 Nat. Mobile Telecom Kuwait 1.58 (3.7) 30.3 (10.2) Ezdan Holding Group Qatar 19.85 (3.0) 3,518.3 16.8 Ooredoo Qatar 125.20 (2.8) 185.1 (8.7) Source: Bloomberg ( # in Local Currency) ( ## GCC Top gainers/losers derived from the Bloomberg GCC 200 Index comprising of the top 200 regional equities based on market capitalization and liquidity) Qatar Exchange Top Losers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Ezdan Holding Group 19.85 (3.0) 3,518.3 16.8 Ooredoo 125.20 (2.8) 185.1 (8.7) Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Co. 45.55 (2.0) 1.2 8.0 Islamic Holding Group 71.20 (1.1) 13.5 54.8 Qatar Navigation 90.20 (0.9) 147.6 8.7 Qatar Exchange Top Val. Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Dev. 20.25 0.0 114,128.9 81.1 United Development Co. 28.90 2.5 81,308.4 34.2 Ezdan Holding Group 19.85 (3.0) 70,671.5 16.8 Qatar Gas Transport Co. 24.80 3.6 59,475.7 22.5 Masraf Al Rayan 53.30 0.9 54,766.8 70.3 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* 12,991.23 1.0 0.9 0.9 25.2 239.22 190,341.2 15.9 2.2 3.9 Dubai 4,885.22 1.3 1.1 1.1 45.0 308.95 95,402.1 23.0 1.9 2.1 Abu Dhabi 4,984.27 (0.2) (1.4) (1.4) 16.2 85.51 136,939.8 13.5 1.8 3.3 Saudi Arabia 10,405.81 1.0 1.9 1.9 21.9 2,295.49 567,836.0 20.0 2.5 2.7 Kuwait 7,144.33 0.3 0.2 0.2 (5.4) 57.37 112,418.6 16.9 1.1 3.9 Oman 7,328.96 1.4 1.8 1.8 7.2 22.75 26,899.3 12.4 1.8 3.8 Bahrain 1,475.25 0.2 0.2 0.2 18.1 0.53 54,270.4 11.7 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) 12,850 12,900 12,950 13,000 13,050 13,100 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00
  2. 2. Page 2 of 6 Qatar Market Commentary  The QE index rose 1.0% to close at 12,991.2. The Transportation and Consumer Goods & Services indices led the gains. The index rose on the back of buying support from non- Qatari shareholders despite selling pressure from Qatari shareholders.  Medicare Group and Widam Food Co. were the top gainers, rising 10.0% and 4.2%, respectively. Among the top losers, Ezdan Holding Group fell 3.0%, while Ooredoo declined 2.8%.  Volume of shares traded on Monday rose by 74.3% to 23.8mn from 13.7mn on Sunday. Further, as compared to the 30-day moving average of 14.3mn, volume for the day was 67.0% higher. Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Dev. and Ezdan Holding Group were the most active stocks, contributing 22.9% and 14.8% to the total volume respectively. Source: Qatar Exchange (* as a % of traded value) Ratings, Earnings and Global Economic Data Ratings Updates Company Agency Market Type* Old Rating New Rating Rating Change Outlook Outlook Change Bank Sohar Capital Intelligence Oman FSR/LT FCR/ST FCR/SR BBB/BBB+/A3/2 BBB/BBB+/A3/2 – 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) Earnings Releases Company Market Currency Revenue (mn)2Q2014 % Change YoY Operating Profit (mn) 2Q2014 % Change YoY Net Profit (mn) 2Q2014 % Change YoY Emaar Properties Dubai AED 2,807.00 24.4% – – 868.0 28.6% Muscat National Holding Co. (MNH)* Oman OMR – – – – 0.5 27.0% Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding Co. (DIDIHC)* Oman OMR 10.1 39.7% – – 8.4 35.4% Source: Company data, DFM, ADX, MSM (*1H2014 results) Global Economic Data Date Market Source Indicator Period Actual Consensus Previous 08/04 US Nat. Asso. of Purcha ISM New York July 68.1 – 60.5 08/04 US US Treasury 3M High Yield Rate 4-August 0.03% – 0.03% 08/04 US US Treasury 3M Direct Accepted % 4-August 6.40% – 5.20% 08/04 US US Treasury 3M Bid/Cover Ratio 4-August 4.6 – 4.7 08/04 US US Treasury 3M Indirect Accepted % 4-August 26.00% – 28.20% 08/04 US US Treasury 6M Direct Accepted % 4-August 4.40% – 3.60% 08/04 US US Treasury 6M Indirect Accepted % 4-August 28.60% – 42.70% 08/04 US US Treasury 6M High Yield Rate 4-August 0.05% – 0.06% 08/04 EU Eurostat PPI MoM June 0.10% 0.00% -0.10% 08/04 EU Eurostat PPI YoY June -0.80% -1.00% -1.00% 08/04 UK Markit Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI July 62.4 62.0 62.6 08/04 UK London Gold Market Fix. London Gold Market PM Fix 4-August 1,290.5 – 1,291.3 08/04 Spain Spanish Labour Ministry Unemployment MoM Net ('000s) July -29.8 -111.9 -122.7 08/04 Japan Bank of Japan Monetary Base YoY July 42.70% – 42.60% Source: Bloomberg (s.a. = seasonally adjusted; n.s.a. = non-seasonally adjusted; w.d.a. = working day adjusted) News Qatar  QA to scale up capacity on Perth route by 30% from October 1 – Qatar Airways (QA) will be increasing capacity on the Perth route with an aircraft upgrade to a Boeing 777-300. The increase in capacity will take effect on October 1. The Perth route, which has seen exceptional growth over the last two years, provides excellent connections for passengers to the airline’s numerous destinations in the Middle East and Africa as well as some 33 destinations in Europe, through the airline’s new state-of-the-art home, Hamad International Airport (HIA). The capacity increase from a Boeing 777-200 to a 777-300 will result in a 30% increase in seats on the direct daily flights to the Perth Airport, with the number of seats rising by 1,064 a week. Along with the enhanced capacity, the airline is also celebrating its second anniversary since the launch of its direct flights to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. (Gulf-Times.com)  ORDS offers direct transfers to Sri Lanka banks – Ooredoo Mobile Money has announced that customers can now send money directly to accounts at 28 banks in Sri Lanka from their mobile phones through an agreement with MoneyGram. Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari 56.62% 60.58% (34,536,092.83) Non-Qatari 43.38% 39.41% 34,536,092.83
  3. 3. Page 3 of 6 Customers can also send money to more than 1,500 MoneyGram agent locations across the country. Also through Ooredoo Mobile Money, customers can transfer money domestically and internationally to over 339,000 MoneyGram agents in 200 countries, including the Philippines, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and more. (Peninsula Qatar) International  Fed says US banks eased loans amid broad pick-up in demand – According to a Federal Reserve survey, US banks have eased lending requirements amid a widespread increase in demand during the second quarter. The Fed said the survey results showed a continued easing of lending standards and terms for many types of loan categories amid a broad-based pick-up in loan demand. The central bank surveyed 75 domestic banks and 23 US units of foreign banks from July 1 to July 15. The record lending by the US banks has helped the economy rebound from a first-quarter contraction brought on by harsh winter weather. The figures from the US labor Department showed employers last week added more than 200,000 jobs for a sixth straight month in July. The last time that occurred was 1997. The Fed said domestic banks generally continued to ease their lending standards and various terms for commercial and industrial loans. The Fed further added that US financial institutions also reported having eased standards on most types of commercial real estate loans on balance. (Bloomberg)  France urges ECB, Germany to fight deflationary risk – French President Francois Hollande told Le Monde daily that the European Central Bank (ECB) and EU powerhouse Germany must do more to boost growth and fight a "real deflationary risk" in Europe. Hollande said a lot will depend on the level of the Euro, which has weakened over the past few days but not enough. The ECB must take all necessary measures to inject liquidity into the economy. Hollande said while the French government has started warning that it might be difficult to meet an EU deadline to bring its public deficit under 3% of its GDP next year. He further added that France is not asking for any leniency from Germany, but wants them to do more to boost growth. He said that Germany’s trade surplus and financial situation will allow it to invest more, which would be the best thing to happen for France and Europe. (Reuters)  Espirito Santo sets benchmark for creditor pain in EU bank rules – Portugal’s rescue of Banco Espirito Santo SA may have eased some doubts about Europe’s banking industry by showing investors how the European Union’s thinking has evolved on handling failing lenders. The decision shielding some creditors spurred a rally in bank stocks and Portuguese assets yesterday by demonstrating authorities were able to shutter a bank without sparking a fresh bout of market tensions that have roiled Europe since 2009. Instead of forcing losses on unsecured depositors and other senior creditors, as was required of Cyprus, Portugal is following Spain’s gentler approach that focused losses on junior debt and stockholders. The yield on Portugal’s 2-year bonds closed at a record low yesterday. The Bloomberg European Banks and Financial Services Index rose 0.3%, its first gain in three days, while Portugal’s benchmark stock gauge rose 1%. (Bloomberg)  Weak Japan exports, output said to raise concerns at BOJ – According to sources, Bank of Japan (BOJ) officials are concerned over increasing signs of weakness in the economy following a sales-tax increase. Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and his board will discuss this week if they should lower their assessment of the nation’s exports and also whether to exercise caution about a decline in industrial production. Economists from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and UBS AG have cut their estimates for second-quarter GDP after data showed exports unexpectedly declined, retail sales dropped more than forecast and output fell the most since the March 2011 earthquake. The BOJ is forecasted to maintain its record stimulus at a two-day meeting ending August. 8. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe increased the sales levy by 3 percentage points in April, hitting consumer spending and ending six straight quarters of growth in the world’s third-biggest economy. Industrial production tumbled 3.3% in June from the previous month, the steepest decline in more than three years, as manufacturers cut back in response to weak consumption. (Bloomberg)  China July HSBC services PMI falls to near nine-year low, recovery strength in question – A private sector survey showed the growth in China's services sector slowed sharply in July to its lowest level in nearly nine years, indicating a recovery in the broader economy is still fragile and may need further government support. Weakness in new orders was also seen in China's official services report at the weekend, which showed activity slipped to a six-month low. Both surveys contrast with other data in recent weeks which showed the economy was regaining momentum thanks to a spate of government stimulus measures. The weaker readings in services, which account for about 45% of its GDP, raise the question of whether Beijing needs to do more to support growth, particularly in the rapidly cooling property sector. The services purchasing managers' index (PMI) compiled by HSBC/Markit fell to 50.0 in July from a 15-month high of 53.1 in June, the lowest reading since November 2005 when the data collection began. The survey indicated a stagnation of service activity last month, as a reading above 50 in PMI surveys indicates an expansion in activity while one below the threshold points to a contraction. In a sign that economic uncertainty has made companies more reluctant to spend, a sub-index measuring new business growth hit a 68- month low of 50.3 in July. (Reuters)  WTO failure points to fragmented future for global trade – India has dealt a potentially fatal blow to the World Trade Organization's (WTO) hopes of modernizing the rules of global commerce and remaining the central forum for multilateral trade deals. In the short-term, this is a setback for free commerce. In the longer run, it means trade liberalization may advance – if at all – among narrower groups of countries, denying dissenters a chance to block progress. While the unwieldy 160-member, Geneva-based WTO will survive as a body for enforcing existing multilateral agreements, smaller clubs of like-minded nations are trying to move ahead faster to update the trade rules among themselves. Last week India vetoed the adoption of a treaty to simplify, standardize and streamline the rules for shipping goods across borders, having previously agreed to its terms at a ministerial conference in Bali last December. It blocked the text because it wanted more attention paid to its concerns over food security. After drawing widespread condemnation, India now says it wants to keep the treaty alive, with stronger assurances about protecting its food security needs, until a permanent solution is found. (Reuters) Regional  DHL invests $20mn in Saudi Arabia; $117mn in MENA – DHL Express is set to extend its leadership across the MENA region with the 2014 completion of a $117mn two-year investment in new hubs and facilities in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt. DHL’s investment creates three new gateways in Saudi Arabia, a hub in Cairo, and launches its biggest ground operations facility in the region in Dubai. DHL has invested over $20mn in Saudi Arabia to create three new gateways in Damman, Riyadh and Jeddah. The new DHL Express Riyadh
  4. 4. Page 4 of 6 Gateway and Service Center facility at the King Khaled International Airport has opened in July 2014. DHL’s Dammam Gateway and Service Center at the King Fahd International Airport opened in 2013, while the Jeddah facility is scheduled for completion later this year. The Dubai hub is being revamped to use the area vacated by head office resulting in doubling of the service center capacity. In addition, the gateway and service center in Abu Dhabi is being relocated to the new Logistics Park at Abu Dhabi Airport Business City. DHL has also unveiled plans to grow its presence in Morocco, besides introducing new flights to Lebanon and Qatar. (GulfBase.com)  Saudi Aramco, Sumitomo to transfer $8.5bn project ownership to PetroRabigh – Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical will transfer ownership of a planned $8.5bn petrochemical facility to their joint venture PetroRabigh. The new facility, known as Rabigh II, will be built as an expansion of PetroRabigh’s existing petrochemical plant, increasing output and introducing higher- margin products. The ownership of the planned new facility will be transferred from Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo to PetroRabigh in 4Q2014. However, both Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo will continue to guarantee finance needed to build the project. Sumitomo President Masakazu Tokura said the two firms will put in around $975mn each, with the rest coming from project financing. Under the plan, Rabigh II will produce ethylene propylene rubber (EPR), thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) among other products. The expansion of the $8.5bn complex aims to increase output from the plant as well as introduce higher-margin products. (GulfBase.com)  Saudi bank deposits hit SR1, 495.5bn in June – According to a financial report, deposits in Saudi Arabian banks have hit a record level of nearly SR1, 495.5bn by the end of June 2014 as compared to SR1495.4bn in May 2014, reflecting an increase of 744% as compared to the figures of 1992 which stood at SR177bn. Deposits in Saudi banks are grouped into three major types: demand deposits, time (saving) deposits and quasi-cash deposits. The volume of demand deposits in the Saudi banks stood at SR939.1bn (63% of total deposits) by the end of June 2014, of which SR880.4bn (94%) were owned by individuals and companies, while the remaining SR58.6% (6%) were owned by government agencies. Time (saving) deposits accounted for 24% of the total deposits in the Saudi banks at a value of SR360.2bn, of which SR176.5bn and SR183.7bn were owned by individuals/companies and government agencies respectively. Quasi-cash deposits accounted for 13% of the total deposits in the Saudi banks at a value of SR196.2bn by the end of June 2014. Deposits grew 13% by SR168bn on a YoY basis in June 2014. (GulfBase.com)  MMG announces cancellation of MoU with FAS – Mohammed Al-Mojil Group Company (MMG) announced the cancellation of the MoU with Saudi Fas Holding (FAS), which was announced on Tadawul on June 19, 2014 due to the unwillingness of FAS to execute the MoU through their letter dated July 16, 2014. (Tadawul)  Carlson Rezidor inks deal for 5 new hotels in Saudi Arabia – Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced that it has signed five new projects in Saudi Arabia, expanding its portfolio to 22 hotels in the country. The group, whose core brands are Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson, will open three hotels in Jeddah and one each in Riyadh and Dammam. The new projects in Saudi Arabia are the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Jeddah Corniche, the Radisson Blu Red Sea Palace hotel, the Radisson Blu Plaza Residence, Jeddah Salihiyah, the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Riyadh Nasiriyah, and the Park Inn by Radisson Dammam. (Bloomberg)  MM: UAE employment opportunities rise 21% – According to a survey by Morgan McKinley (MM), professional job opportunities across the UAE have increased by 21% between 1Q2014 and 2Q2014. A renewed optimism in the job market was evident with the number of job seekers in the UAE increasing by 30% between 1Q2014 and 2Q2014. The number of vacancies increased from 6,653 in 1Q2014 to 8,057 in 2Q2014, representing a 5% rise as compared to 2Q2013. The survey highlighted that the number of professionals looking for new positions in 2Q2014 totaled 45,575, while 1Q2014 registered 35,138 jobseekers, representing a 30% increase as compared to an increase of only 12% in 2Q2013. (GulfBase.com)  UAE’s overall trade with Japan robust – Japan has maintained its robust performance in the trade with UAE in 2013, propelled by increased exports of motor vehicles. In the overall trade, UAE was Japan’s 8th largest trading partner in 2013, behind China, USA, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. By meeting nearly 23% of the total crude oil requirements of Japan, UAE remained Japan’s 2nd largest supplier of crude oil after Saudi Arabia, which covered 31.83% of Japan’s total crude oil imports. Mineral fuels formed 98.5% of Japan’s imports from the UAE in 2013. The remaining small portion comprises semi-finished aluminium, scrap metals, precious stones and metals, electrical machinery, readymade garments, plastics, backing related goods, perfumes and cosmetics. The value of imports from the UAE fell by 3.3% to $42.53bn in 2013, from $43.31bn in 2012. UAE was Japan’s 5th largest supplier of products in general, covering 5.11% of the total imports. The value of Japan’s crude oil imports from the UAE amounted to 79.39% of the total value of Japan’s imports from the UAE in 2013. In terms of volume, Japan’s crude oil imports from the UAE increased by 3.23% to 301.43mn barrels in 2013 as compared to 291.99mn barrels in 2012. (GulfBase.com)  DEC: SMEs employ 42% of Dubai workforce – According to a report by the Dubai Economic Council (DEC), the small & medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 95% of the total enterprise population in Dubai and employs approximately 42% of Dubai's workforce. The report recommended changes to the current legislative and regulatory framework surrounding the creation of security interests, with an intention to encourage banks to further lend to SMEs and in turn improve their access to finance. (GulfBase.com)  DIC completes sale of Mauser to CD&R for $1.7bn – Dubai International Capital (DIC), the private equity arm of Dubai Holding, announced that it has completed the sale of Mauser Group to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) for $1.7bn. The sale agreement was announced on May 12, 2014. Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as exclusive financial advisor to DIC. Latham & Watkins provided DIC with legal counsel. (GulfBase.com)  Damac acquires land plot from Dubailand for $513mn – Dubai developer Damac has acquired a development land plot from Dubailand for $513mn. The plot comprises around 55mn square feet of land in Dubai and is being purchased through the company’s subsidiary Front Line Investment Management. The consideration will be satisfied using the proceeds of the $650mn Sukuk, which the company placed in 2Q2014. (Bloomberg)  DIB provides AED360mn refinancing facility to UP – Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has signed an agreement with Union Properties (UP) to provide the latter with an AED360mn re- financing facility. The Islamic refinancing facility will assist UP to
  5. 5. Page 5 of 6 effectively manage its balance sheet as well as enhance focus on its core business/expansion plans as the developer looks to capitalize on the opportunities currently available in the real estate market. Emerging strongly from the financial crisis, the developer is moving forward with its growth plans after having repaid AED7bn worth of legacy bank debt. (Bloomberg)  Etisalat expands network coverage – Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (Etisalat) has expanded its preferred partner network for data roaming. Customers subscribed to Etisalat’s mobile data packs can now access internet on the country’s largest roaming network of a total of 248 operators in 106 countries. Etisalat’s enhanced roaming network includes all GCC countries, allowing customers to enjoy data usage anywhere in the region as well as in 36 new destinations worldwide including Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Maldives, Philippines, Tunisia, South America and South Korea. Etisalat has also added 110 new networks in existing and new countries. (GulfBase.com)  BTG teams up with Abu Dhabi Fund for Ariel Re acquisition – Brazilian Bank Grupo BTG Pactual’s (BTG) CEO, Andre Esteves, said that the bank is partnering with shareholder Abu Dhabi Investment Council to expand its reinsurance business. BTG and the sovereign fund will each take a 50% stake in Ariel Re, the reinsurance unit that BTG has said it is acquiring from Global Atlantic Financial Group Ltd. BTG announced the acquisition of Ariel Re on July 10, 2014 without disclosing its partner or financial terms. (Bloomberg)  Ardian in talks to buy $2bn of ADIA – According to sources, private-equity firm Ardian, formerly known as Axa Private Equity, is in talks to purchase more than $2bn in private-equity fund stakes from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). ADIA hired Cogent Partners to advice on selling mostly buyout fund stakes. Ardian made a bid on the portfolio before ADIA could start a sales process. (Bloomberg)  NBK’s Consumer Banking Head resigns – National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) said that its Head of Consumer Banking, Mazen al-Nahedh, has resigned from his post. However, he will remain in the role until October 21, 2014. (Reuters)  ONIC Holding to consider Ominvest merger at next board meeting – Oman National Investment Corporation Holding (ONIC Holding) said that it would discuss a possible merger with Oman International Development & Investment Company (Ominvest) at its next board meeting. In July 2014, Ominvest had written to ONIC Holding about forming a strategic arrangement between the two firms, with any tie-up subject to approvals of shareholders and regulators. ONIC Holding said it had received the merger letter and this would be discussed at its next board meeting, after which it would make a further disclosure on the matter. (MSM, Reuters)  Bank Muscat Oryx Fund expands to MENA region – Bank Muscat Oryx Fund, managed by the asset management division of Bank Muscat, has decided to widen the objective of the fund to invest in companies listed in the MENA region, whereas in the past investment was limited to the GCC countries only. The decision was taken at the EGM of the unit holders of the Bank Muscat Oryx Fund held on July 15, 2014. (Bloomberg)  NCSI: Omani exports drop 8% on decline in oil revenue – According to the figures released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the total value of Omani exports, which include oil & gas, non-oil products and re- exports, declined by 7.9%, totaling OMR5.14bn by the end of 1Q2014, as compared to OMR5.58bn registered in 1Q2013. The decline was due to a 9.3% fall in oil & gas exports by the end of 1Q2014, as compared to 1Q2013, generating export revenue of OMR3.37bn by the end of March 2014, as compared to OMR3.72bn by the end of March 2013. The total value of re- exports declined by 27.2% over the same period, recording a total value of OMR760.6mn by the end of 1Q2014 as against OMR1.04bn in 1Q2013. According to the NCSI foreign trade report, the total value of merchandise imports declined by 8.1%, totaling OMR2.94bn by the end of March 2014 as compared to OMR3.20bn during the same period in 2013. The total volume of merchandise imports by volume registered a drop of 7.4% by the end of March 2014, totaling 5.98mn tons as compared to 6.46mn tons recorded during the same period in 2013. (Bloomberg)  Ahli bank posts OMR13.1mn net profit in 1H2014 – Ahli bank reported a net profit of OMR13.1mn in 1H2014 against a net profit of OMR12.5mn in 1H2013. Bank’s total assets increased to OMR1, 517mn in 1H2014 from OMR1, 297mn in 1H2013. Loans & advances grew from OMR1, 042mn in 1H2013 to OMR1, 250mn in 1H2014 while customers’ deposits increased from OMR923mn in 1H2013 to OMR996mn in 1H2014. Non- performing loan ratio stood at 1% as of June 2014. (Bloomberg)  Zain Bahrain set to raise BHD9.12mn through IPO – Zain Bahrain said that it is offering 48mn shares equivalent to 15% of issued share capital at a price of 190 fils starting September 2, 2014. The initial public offering (IPO) closes on September 16, 2014 and the results of subscription and allotment basis will be announced on September 18, 2014. The IPO is open to Bahraini institutional and retail investors as well as GCC institutional investors. The current issued share capital of Zain Bahrain is BHD32mn divided into 32mn shares of BHD1 each. After its conversion into a public joint stock company, the fully paid share capital will be BHD36.8mn divided into 368mn shares with a face value of 100 fils. The offering price, therefore, represents a premium of 90 fils per share, that is, 90% of face value. Based on the IPO price, the company is valued at BHD60.8mn. Zain Bahrain said the proceeds amounting to BHD9.12mn will primarily (95% to 98%) be used to fund capital expenditure (capex). The capex is aimed at upgrading network infrastructure to improve indoor coverage, expanding capacity to meet high bandwidth demands and introducing smart features for smartphones. (GulfBase.com)  Investcorp Bank’s FY2014 profit jumps 25% to $131.2mn – Investcorp Bank reported a net profit of $131.2mn for the year ended June 30, 2014 as compared to $104.9mn in the year ended June 30, 2013, reflecting an increase of 25%. Fully diluted earnings per share jumped 84% to $129 per ordinary share from $70 in FY2013. Return on average equity was 16%. Total assets stood at $2.30bn as of June 30, 2014 as compared to $2.48bn as of June 30, 2013. Investcorp said it returned around $1.3bn to investors from sales in eight firms, including stakes in German insulation materials company Armacell and online payments business Skrill Group - which it sold to CVC Capital Partners for €600mn in August 2013. It also made a number of new investments totaling $609mn, including in US- based accessories brand Totes Isotoner Corp and UK-based snack food maker Tyrrells. Investcorp’s board of directors has proposed a dividend of $15 per ordinary share, along with the full dividend of 12% on preference shares. (Bahrain Bourse, Reuters)
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