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  1. 1. Page 1 of 6 QE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QE index declined 1.1% to close at 13,551.2. Losses were led by the Banking & Financial Services and Real Estate indices, declining 1.9% and 1.3% respectively. Top losers were Ezdan Holding Group and Masraf Al Rayan, falling 4.0% and 3.9% respectively. Among the top gainers, Dlala Brokerage & Inv. Holding Co. rose 9.9%, while Salam International Inv. Co. gained 5.0%. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI index fell marginally to close at 9,864.6. The Telecom & Info. Tech. index declined 2.6%, while Media & Pub. index was down 1.4%. Weqaya Takaful Ins. fell 5.4%, while Etihad Etisalat was down 4.3%. Dubai: The DFM index gained 1.9% to close at 5,151.2. The Inv. & Financial Serv. index gained 3.4%, while the Real Estate & Const. index rose 3.1%. Union Properties Co. surged 6.7%, while Dubai Investment Co. was up 5.3%. Abu Dhabi: The ADX benchmark index fell 0.5% to close at 5133.5. The Banking and Energy indices declined 0.8% each. Gulf Medical Projects Co. fell 9.7%, while National Takaful Co. was down 5.7%. Kuwait: The KSE index gained 0.7% to close at 7,370.6. The Technology and Insurance indices rose 3.5% and 1.5% respectively. Al Safat Real Estate Co. rose 7.0%, while Kuwait Building Materials Manu. Co. was up 6.3%. Oman: The MSM index rose 0.2% to close at 6,907.2. The Financial index gained 0.7%, while other indices ended in red. Al Batinah Dev. Inv. Holding gained 9.7%, while Oman & Emirates Inv. Holding was up 4.6%. Bahrain: The BHB index fell 0.2% to close at 1,458.0. The Commercial Banking index declined 0.4%, while Investment index was down marginally. United Gulf Investment Corp. fell 1.6%, while Al Salam Bank was down 0.9%. Qatar Exchange Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Dlala Brokerage & Inv. Holding Co. 50.60 9.9 2,321.1 129.0 Salam International Investment Co. 15.20 5.0 6,524.1 16.8 Qatar Gas Transport Co. 24.00 3.8 1,485.4 18.5 Qatar & Oman Investment Co. 14.72 2.6 505.3 17.6 Islamic Holding Group 75.90 2.6 483.2 65.0 Qatar Exchange Top Vol. Trades Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Masraf Al Rayan 61.50 (3.9) 8,180.1 96.5 Salam International Investment Co. 15.20 5.0 6,524.1 16.8 Vodafone Qatar 21.70 (2.7) 5,279.2 102.6 Ezdan Holding Group 23.96 (4.0) 4,275.1 40.9 Barwa Real Estate Co. 42.45 (1.6) 2,365.2 42.4 Market Indicators 02 Jun 14 01 Jun 14 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 1,706.9 1,730.6 (1.4) Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 732,162.4 739,812.3 (1.0) Volume (mn) 39.1 37.4 4.6 Number of Transactions 13,125 13,708 (4.3) Companies Traded 41 42 (2.4) Market Breadth 17:20 18:21 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 20,207.73 (1.1) (1.0) 36.3 N/A All Share Index 3,394.96 (0.9) (0.8) 31.2 16.3 Banks 3,299.49 (1.9) (2.2) 35.0 16.4 Industrials 4,461.76 (0.2) (0.6) 27.5 17.4 Transportation 2,310.33 2.1 5.1 24.3 14.8 Real Estate 2,807.77 (1.3) (1.2) 43.8 14.0 Insurance 3,311.85 0.6 (1.4) 41.8 8.7 Telecoms 1,905.12 (0.3) 2.5 31.0 26.3 Consumer 6,672.72 0.6 (0.4) 12.2 26.2 Al Rayan Islamic Index 4,539.07 (1.4) (2.2) 49.5 19.7 GCC Top Gainers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Nat. Marine Dredging Abu Dhabi 8.03 14.7 0.1 (6.6) Atheeb Telecom. Saudi Arabia 13.65 6.0 28,570.1 (5.3) Dubai Investments Dubai 3.58 5.3 39,908.3 53.8 DP World Ltd Dubai 21.15 4.7 1,419.4 19.4 Al Abdullatif Ind. Inv Saudi Arabia 46.50 3.8 2,663.4 14.4 GCC Top Losers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Etihad Etisalat Co. Saudi Arabia 88.75 (4.3) 5,659.8 3.8 Ezdan Holding Group Qatar 23.96 (4.0) 4,275.1 40.9 Masraf Al Rayan Qatar 61.50 (3.9) 8,180.1 96.5 Qatar Islamic Bank Qatar 105.00 (3.7) 570.7 52.2 Abu Dhabi Nat. Hotels Abu Dhabi 3.00 (3.2) 169.8 (3.2) 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% Ezdan Holding Group 23.96 (4.0) 4,275.1 40.9 Masraf Al Rayan 61.50 (3.9) 8,180.1 96.5 Qatar Islamic Bank 105.00 (3.7) 570.7 52.2 Vodafone Qatar 21.70 (2.7) 5,279.2 102.6 Qatar Electricity & Water Co. 198.30 (1.8) 143.4 19.9 Qatar Exchange Top Val. Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% Masraf Al Rayan 61.50 (3.9) 501,656.4 96.5 QNB Group 183.00 (1.3) 147,316.5 6.4 Vodafone Qatar 21.70 (2.7) 114,938.6 102.6 Dlala Brokerage & Inv. Holding 50.60 9.9 112,746.1 129.0 Ezdan Holding Group 23.96 (4.0) 102,956.0 40.9 Source: Bloomberg (* in QR) Regional Indices Close 1D% WTD% MTD% YTD% Exch. Val. Traded ($ mn) Exchange Mkt. Cap. ($ mn) P/E** P/B** Dividend Yield Qatar* 13,551.18 (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) 30.6 468.86 201,125.0 16.9 2.3 3.7 Dubai 5,151.21 1.9 1.3 1.3 52.9 659.37 96,259.2 20.7 2.0 2.0 Abu Dhabi 5,133.54 (0.5) (2.3) (2.3) 19.7 194.15 142,507.5 15.2 1.9 3.3 Saudi Arabia 9,864.61 (0.0) 0.4 0.4 15.6 2,490.91 532,316.1 20.2 2.5 2.8 Kuwait 7,370.59 0.7 1.1 1.1 (2.4) 120.18 114,982.0 15.3 1.2 3.8 Oman 6,907.23 0.2 0.7 0.7 1.1 25.57 25,073.6 12.7 1.7 3.8 Bahrain 1,458.04 (0.2) (0.1) (0.1) 16.7 1.52 53,889.5 10.5 1.0 4.7 Source: Bloomberg, Qatar Exchange, Tadawul, Muscat Securities Exchange, Dubai Financial Market and Zawya (** TTM; * Value traded ($ mn) do not include special trades, if any) 13,300 13,400 13,500 13,600 13,700 13,800 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00
  2. 2. Page 2 of 6 Qatar Market Commentary  The QE index declined 1.1% to close at 13,551.2. The Banking & Financial Serv. and Real Estate indices led the losses. The index fell on the back of selling pressure from Qatari shareholders despite buying support from non-Qatari shareholders.  Ezdan Holding Group and Masraf Al Rayan were the top losers, falling 4.0% and 3.9% respectively. Among the top gainers, Dlala Brokerage & Inv. Holding Co. rose 9.9%, while Salam International Inv. Co. gained 5.0%.  Volume of shares traded on Monday rose by 4.6% to 39.1mn from 37.4mn on Sunday. Further, as compared to the 30-day moving average of 29.8mn, volume for the day was 31.4% higher. Masraf Al Rayan and Salam International Investment Co. were the most active stocks, contributing 20.9% and 16.7% 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 Emaar Malls Group (EMG) Moody's UAE IR – Baa2 – Stable – Wataniya Insurance Co. S&P Saudi – BBB BBB – 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, IR – Issuer Rating) Earnings Releases Company Market Currency Revenue (mn)1Q2014 % Change YoY Operating Profit (mn) 1Q2014 % Change YoY Net Profit (mn) 1Q2014 % Change YoY Al Madina for Finance & Investment Co. Kuwait KD 0.1 – – – -7.1 NA Source: Company data, DFM, ADX, MSM Global Economic Data Date Market Source Indicator Period Actual Consensus Previous 06/02 US Markit Markit US Manufacturing PMI May 56.4 56.2 56.4 06/02 US ISM ISM Manufacturing May 56.0 55.5 54.9 06/02 US ISM ISM Prices Paid May 60.0 57.0 56.5 06/02 US US Census Bureau Construction Spending MoM April 0.20% 0.60% 0.60% 06/02 EU Markit Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI May 52.2 52.5 52.2 06/02 France Markit Markit France Manufacturing PMI May 49.6 49.3 49.6 06/02 Germany Markit Markit/BME Germany Manu. PMI May 52.3 52.9 52.3 06/02 Germany Destatis CPI MoM May -0.10% 0.10% -0.20% 06/02 Germany Destatis CPI YoY May 0.90% 1.10% 1.30% 06/02 Germany Destatis CPI EU Harmonized MoM May -0.30% 0.10% -0.30% 06/02 Germany Destatis CPI EU Harmonized YoY May 0.60% 1.00% 1.10% 06/02 UK Bank of England Net Consumer Credit April 0.7B 0.8B 1.0B 06/02 UK Bank of England Money Supply M4 MoM April -0.20% – -2.30% 06/02 UK Bank of England M4 Money Supply YoY April -0.60% – -0.30% 06/02 UK Markit Markit UK PMI Manufacturing SA May 57.0 57.0 57.3 06/02 Spain Markit Markit Spain Manufacturing PMI May 52.9 53.0 52.7 06/02 Italy Markit Markit/ADACI Italy Manufacturing PMI May 53.2 53.6 54 06/02 Japan Ministry of Finance Capital Spending YoY 1Q2014 7.40% 5.80% 4.00% 06/02 Japan Ministry of Finance Capital Spending Ex Software 1Q2014 8.30% 5.90% 2.80% 06/02 Japan Markit Markit/JMMA Japan Manufacturing PMI May 49.9 – 49.9 Source: Bloomberg (s.a. = seasonally adjusted; n.s.a. = non-seasonally adjusted; w.d.a. = working day adjusted) News Qatar  Moody's maintains stable outlook on Qatari banking system – According to a report by Moody's Investors Service, the outlook for Qatar's banking system remains stable, unchanged since 2010. The outlook reflects Moody's expectation that the country’s strong economic environment will continue to sustain Qatari banks' robust financial metrics – primarily strong earnings, sound capital buffers and low levels of non-performing loans (NPLs). However, these strengths will remain moderated by risks associated with Qatar's reliance on the hydrocarbon Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari 56.34% 61.41% (86,516,650.45) Non-Qatari 43.66% 38.59% 86,516,650.45
  3. 3. Page 3 of 6 sector, the banks' relatively high dependence on short-term foreign funding and the country's still-developing corporate- governance and risk-management culture. Moody's forecasts real GDP growth of 6% in 2014 driven by elevated public spending. This spending will translate into 11% growth in the non-hydrocarbon sector, offsetting flat LNG output and leading to domestic credit growth of 15-20%. Moody's expects the banking system's NPLs to remain at around 1.5-2% of gross loans over the next 12-18 months, owing to the strong operating environment, evolving prudential regulation and the sizeable proportion of government-related loans (accounting for 42% of the total loan book). Moody's also expects the banks to maintain healthy capital levels with system's Tier 1 capital ratio in the 14- 16% range over the outlook horizon. Moody's expects that Qatari banks will maintain sound liquidity buffers (liquid assets in the range of 25-30% of total assets) and a high level of stable yet concentrated government-related deposits (42% of total deposits) over the outlook horizon. Despite margin compression, Moody's expects bottom-line profitability metrics to remain broadly stable, supported by higher lending volumes, a low cost base and low provisioning requirements. In addition, Moody's expects system's cost-to-income ratio to remain in the historical range of 25-30%, the lowest among the GCC countries. (GulfBase.com)  MDPS: PPI of Industrial sector down 1.1% MoM for March – According to the latest data released by Qatar’s Ministry of Development Planning & Statistics (MDPS), the monthly Producer Price Index (PPI) for the industrial sector stood at 175.2 in March 2014 (Base 2006=100), down 1.1% and 0.4% when compared to the PPIs of February 2014 and March 2013, respectively. Mining group (77% weightage) PPI declined by 0.4% as compared to February 2014 , primarily due to the overall price decrease seen in the “Crude petroleum and natural gas” group. Manufacturing group (weightage of 21%) PPI declined 4.7% as compared to February 2014 due to the combined effect of decreasing prices seen in Refined Petroleum products by 6.2%, Basic Metals by 2.9%, Cement and other non-metallic products by 1.9%, Basic Chemicals by 2.2%, Beverages by 1.3% and Dairy Products by 0.1%. The PPI for Electricity & Water declined 1.2% in March 2014 as compared to the previous month, resulting from the price falls seen in electricity and water by 1.1% each. (QSA)  Ashghal opens new part of Dukhan Highway Central – The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced the opening of a new part of Dukhan Highway Central between Al Rayyan Roundabout (R/A) and Shahaniya interchange. A nine-kilometer stretch of a four-lane carriageway, including an underpass of Al Dehailiyat Army Camp interchange, is now open to traffic. As part of the project, two underpasses for camel crossing located near Al Rayyan R/A and Al Shahaniya R/A are now open. In addition, two lanes of the service roads have been opened to traffic in each direction. (Gulf-Times.com)  VFQS launches 4G services – Vodafone Qatar (VFQS) has launched its 4G services, aimed at garnering more market share among high value customers and data users. All Vodafone customers with 4G-enabled devices will automatically get the service and enjoy their existing data bundles at no subscription fees. VFQS, which has partnered with OSN for premium online TV services and Anghami for music, said its online and retail stores have a wide range of latest 4G smart devices. (Gulf- Times.com)  BRES’ Dara Project on track – The Minister of Youth and Barwa Real Estate Company’s (BRES) Chairman HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali said the company will complete its Dara Project within three years. This year, BRES will release for the first time investment opportunities to buy residential units within Dara project, this is a new move for BRES, which usually releases units for leasing or sells complete projects to big investors. Acting CEO of the Group Ahmad Abdulla Ali Al Abdulla said the Dara project has six buildings having 231 residential units. The project has one, two, and three-bedroom units and four- bedroom duplexes. He said the units are open to Qataris and non-Qataris. He said he expected demand in real estate market to remain firm in the near future. (Peninsula Qatar)  ERES: Qatar’s real estate deals up 85% – According to an Ezdan weekly report, Qatar’s real estate market remained firm as transactions jumped 85% to QR1,409.2mn last week. Last week also witnessed an exceptional QR180mn deal for a residential building in Umm Ghuwelina. Doha Municipality witnessed the largest number of transactions implemented, with 47 deals garnering 23.9% of total transactions. Al Daayan Municipality saw 39 transactions representing 67.2% of total deals as compared to 32.8% of other real estate across all areas. The report predicted that property transactions will experience a rise in the coming weeks, especially in the land sector, noting that investors and real estate developers are seeking new real estate projects. (Peninsula Qatar)  New projects to push real estate recovery – The Minister of Economy & Trade HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed Al Thani said that the Qatari real estate sector will see a new wave of recovery and prosperity in the coming years, thanks to infrastructure projects. These projects have attracted large numbers of workers and expatriates, which will in turn increase the demand for housing units, real estate and services such as schools, hospitals as well as development projects in retail and commercial sectors. He said demand for residential units is expected to reach 245,000 units by 2017. He added that Qatar is still facing challenges in the real estate sector. In the run-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar needs to build 12 eco-friendly stadiums costing $32bn, pave roads worth $20bn, construct 45,000 hotel rooms and complete the Msheireb project costing $5bn. (Peninsula Qatar) International  BoA says mistake inflated reported size of dark pool – Bank of America (BoA) said that it sent incorrect data to a US regulator that made its private stock trading platform look bigger than it actually is. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra), one of the organizations that polices US stock trading, for the first time published data on the size of alternative trading systems. BoA's Instinct X was the biggest dark pool in the report for the week of May 12-18, just ahead of markets run by Credit Suisse Group and Barclays. Finra created the repository to reveal how much US equity volume is handled on alternative trading systems including dark pools. The private platforms have won market share from the public exchanges, which now only handle about 60% of volume, and drawn scorn from critics including author Michael Lewis, whose "Flash Boys" argues that broker-dealers use dark pools to rip off investors. (Bloomberg)  China services PMI hits six-month high as orders rebound – China's services sector grew at its fastest pace in six months in May 2014 as new orders rebounded, reinforcing hopes that the Chinese economy may be stabilizing after a few tumultuous months. The non-manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) released by the National Bureau of Statistics climbed to 55.5 from 54.8 in April. In a sign of buoyancy in the sector, new orders rebounded to an eight-month high of 52.7, as compared to 50.8 in April. Business expectations also held their ground at a solid 60.7, as compared to 61.5 in April. The pick-up in the services PMI echoes a rebound in China's factory sector, and
  4. 4. Page 4 of 6 augurs well for a spate of monthly economic data due later this month. Meanwhile, the final reading of the HSBC-Markit PMI for May rose to 49.4, up from 48.1 in April, showing that China's factory sector turned in its best performance in four months as export orders improved although activity still contracted. (Reuters)  US factory data points at 2Q2014 growth pick up – Manufacturing activity in the US accelerated in May 2014 and construction spending rose for a third straight month in April, with the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) index of national factory activity rising to 55.4 from 54.9 in April. The ISM had earlier mistakenly reported that the index fell to 53.2 in May. This new reading suggests that the economic growth was regaining steam in the second quarter. There were gains in new orders, production and customer inventories, but factory job growth slowed. The ISM survey also hinted at a pick-up in inflation pressures, with manufacturers reporting an increase in raw material prices. The firmer manufacturing tone was corroborated by a separate report from financial data firm Markit. Markit said its final US manufacturing PMI rose to 56.4 in May from 55.4 in April. Meanwhile, in a separate report, the Commerce Department stated that construction spending rose 0.2% in April to an annual rate of $953.5bn, the highest level since March 2009. (Reuters)  US says 77,000 banks, firms sign up to fight tax evasion – The US Treasury Department has said that about 77,000 foreign and US banks and financial institutions, including some in Russia, have registered with the US to comply with a new law meant to fight tax dodging by Americans. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) will require foreign banks, investment funds and other institutions to inform the US government about any American account that is worth more than $50,000. Hundreds of institutions in Russia signed up to comply with FATCA despite frosty relations between Washington and Moscow. The law was written after a scandal involving Americans dodging US taxes through secret bank accounts in Switzerland. In addition to sign-ups by individual banks, nearly 70 countries have negotiated FATCA pacts with the Treasury. (Reuters)  US unveils sweeping plan to slash energy pollution – The US power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30% from its 2005 levels by 2030 under the new federal regulations unveiled on June 2, 2014, which form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy. The US Environmental Protection Agency's proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed in the country, and could transform the power sector, which relies on coal for nearly 38% of electricity. It also set off a political backlash likely to run well into next year. The plan gives states multiple options to achieve their emission targets, such as improving power plant heat rates; using more natural gas plants to replace coal plants; ramping up zero-carbon energy, such as solar or nuclear; and increasing energy efficiency. (Reuters)  Euro Zone manufacturing activity stumbles – Markit's final Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the Euro Zone slipped to a six-month low of 52.2 in May from April's 53.4 as strong figures from Germany failed to offset a contraction in activity in France. The final number was below the initial reading of 52.5 but held above the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction for the 11th straight month. A subindex measuring output sank to 54.3 from 56.5, weaker than the initial reading of 54.7. Germany is Europe's largest economy and again supported the tepid overall growth but in France, the bloc's second-largest, the PMI sank back below the 50 mark after just two months of expansion. To spur growth, boost lending and drive up inflation the ECB is widely expected to cut its deposit rate to below zero, reduce its main borrowing rate and launch a refinancing operation aimed at businesses when it meets on June 5. (Reuters)  El Nino seen as probably weak as event looms – According to the Commodity Weather Group LLC and AccuWeather Inc., the El Nino phenomenon this year will probably be weak, potentially reducing its impact, which typically brings drought to parts of Asia and rains to South America. El Nino can roil the global agricultural markets as farmers contend with dry weather or heavy rain. Forecasters from across the US and the United Nations have warned that the event could happen this year, and Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said last month the pattern may develop by August. ABN Amro Group NV says confirmation would bolster coffee, sugar and cocoa futures. (Bloomberg) Regional  Saudi oil exports reach SR472.8bn in 5 months – Oil exports from Saudi Arabia reached 1.17bn barrels in the first five months of 2014, with proceeds amounting to SR472.8bn. On the other hand, domestic consumption during this period stood at around 317mn barrels, or 21% of the total output. (GulfBase.com)  Kingdom plans SR1bn venture fund for startups – The Saudi Arabian government and Riyad Bank are planning to start a venture capital fund of around SR1bn to invest in new technology companies. Riyad Capital, the investment banking arm of Riyad Bank, will manage the fund, while Saudi Technology Development & Investment Company will provide seed capital. The venture may make its first investment before the end of 2014 and will target industries such as advanced materials, sustainable energy, and information, communication & technology. Initially the fund will seek minority stakes of as much as SR5mn. (Bloomberg)  APC’s BoD recommends SR204.99mn dividends for 1H2014 – Advanced Petrochemical Company’s (APC) board of directors has recommended the distribution of 12.5% dividends (SR1.25 per share), amounting to SR204.99mn for 1H2014. (Tadawul)  JLL: UAE tourism to grow steadily in 3-5 years – According to a report by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the UAE tourism sector is expected to have stable growth in the next three to five years, driven by strong air connectivity and the diversification of its offerings. In Dubai, hotel guest arrivals have been growing at a CAGR of 8% between 2009 and 2013. In other emirates such as Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, guest arrivals have had a CAGR of 15%, 18% and 39%, respectively during this period. The development of the country’s tourism sector has been backed by government initiatives and large-scale tourism and leisure projects. (GulfBase.com)  Arabtec to invest $60bn in Egypt; to float Egyptian unit on EGX – According to Reuters, Arabtec Holding is planning to invest about $60bn in Egypt over the next three years in sectors such as real estate, infrastructure, railway, airports, and oil & gas. Meanwhile, Arabtec is planning to float half of its Egyptian unit, Arabtec Egypt for Property Development, on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) in 2016 or 2017 in an IPO that would value the unit at around $5bn. (GulfBase.com)  Aldar Properties launches sale for Ansam – Aldar Properties has announced the launch off-plan sales for phase one of its Ansam residential development on June 7, 2014. Apartment prices at Ansam will start from AED700,000 with three payment plans available. This is the first residential development available for sale to non-UAE nationals on Yas Island. (GulfBase.com)
  5. 5. Page 5 of 6  Etisalat adds banks for debut bond issue – According to sources, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has added four banks to the list of bookrunners for its potential debut bond issue in passive roles. The company has allocated the roles to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Natixis. Etisalat may issue dollar denominated bonds of five and ten years duration in the US, as well as offerings in euro with life spans of 7 and 12 years. (Reuters)  Etihad decides to invest in Alitalia – Etihad Airways has proposed a plan for investment in the loss-making Italian airline, Alitalia. Etihad, which has been in negotiations with the Italian carrier for almost a year, confirmed that it would forward a letter to Alitalia detailing the conditions for its equity investment. In 2013, Alitalia was kept afloat by a rescue package worth €500mn, 60% of which were raised through a capital increase and the rest provided by bank loans. (GulfBase.com)  Kuwait’s real estate sales at all time high in April – Real estate activity in Kuwait hit a new record in April 2014, further confirming the strengthening of the country’s market thus far in 2014. Sales were up across all sectors with an exceptional performance by the residential sector. Sales totaled KD447mn, up 60% YoY and crossing the 400mn mark for a second time in less than a year. Sales in the residential sector reached KD220mn in April, a 45% YoY increase. Although there was a 20% YoY decline in the number of transactions to 476, this was more than offset by a rise in the average transaction value, up 80% YoY. It is worth noting that despite strong YoY increases in sales, the number of transactions has been dropping in past months, a possible reflection of the short supply of residential properties in the market. (GulfBase.com)  Al Mazaya enters into JV with Dumankaya Construction – Kuwait-based Al Mazaya Holding has entered into an agreement with Turkey-based Dumankaya Construction to form new joint venture (JV) entity, ‘Mazaya Turkey Real Estate Investment’. The agreement can inspire cooperation on new projects with the potential to take the construction industry around Istanbul to the next level and to bring maximum benefit into the Turkish economy. (GulfBase.com)  Lammah’s Al Khuwair project ready by 3Q2014 – Lammah Properties has completed its Al Khuwair project's structure and the full delivery of the property is scheduled for 3Q2014. Lammah Al Khuwair is a seven-storey, upscale establishment with 15 spacious, three-bedroom apartments. Residents can enjoy the complex's pool, gymnasium, covered car park, secured access and other luxury amenities. (GulfBase.com)  Bank Muscat buys Movenpick Hotel in Dubai – Bank Muscat’ through its private equity fund has acquired the 294-room Moevenpick Hotel at Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence. Owned by Dubai-based Faran, the hotel was opened in March 2010. (Bloomberg)  NCSI: Oman’s inflation up marginally in April – According to a report by the National Centre for Statistics & Information (NCSI), the inflation rate in Oman recorded an increase of 1.53% in April 2014 when compared with April 2013, while on a MoM basis, it increased by 0.58%. The increase is attributed to a monthly increase in communication costs, which rose by 4.99%, housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels by 0.25%, health costs by 3.58%, transport costs by 0.82%, and household equipment & routine household maintenance by 6.2%. On the other hand, food and non-alcoholic beverages recorded a decline of 0.72%. (GulfBase.com)  Bank Dhofar completes Bank Sohar merger preliminary study – Bank Dhofar has sent a letter to Bank Sohar advising the completion of the preliminary study by a specialist expert house. Bank Dhofar has proposed a preliminary swap ratio, which will be subject to the completion of a due diligence exercise and obtaining necessary approvals. A merger between the two banks would create Oman’s second biggest bank by value, with assets worth around $12.42bn. (MSM)
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