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29 June Daily market report

  1. 1. Page 1 of 7 QE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QE index declined 1.2% to close at 11,669.4. Losses were led by the Real Estate and Telecoms indices, declining 4.1% and 2.9%, respectively. Top losers were Vodafone Qatar and Salam International Investment Co., falling 10.0% and 6.4%, respectively. Among the top gainers, Qatar Cinema & Film Distribution Co. rose 4.2%, while QNB Group was up 1.9%. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI index fell 0.6% to close at 9,513.7. Losses were led by the Hotel & Tourism and Real Est. Dev. indices, declining 2.3% and 1.4% respectively. Saudia Dairy fell 3.7%, while Sanad Insurance was down 3.4%. Dubai: The DFM index declined 2.3% to close at 4,123.6. The Real Estate & Const. index fell 4.3%, while the Fin. Ser. & Inv. index was down 2.4%. Union Properties declined 7.3%, while Dubai Islamic Ins. & Reins. was down 7.1%. Abu Dhabi: The ADX benchmark index fell 0.4% to close at 4,647.6. The Real Estate index fell 3.4%, while the Energy index was down 3.2%. National Marine Dredging fell 7.4%, while Dana Gas declined 4.5%. Kuwait: The KSE index fell marginally to close at 6,980.2. The Real Estate index declined 0.4%, while the Consumer Services index was down 0.2%. Gulf Inv. House fell 9.1%, while Arzan Fin. Group for Fin. & Inv. was down 7.0%. Oman: The MSM index rose 0.2% to close at 6,955.9. Gains were led by the Financial index, rising 0.5%, while Industrial index rose marginally. ONIC Holding gained 2.8%, while Bank Nizwa was up 2.5%. Bahrain: The BHB index declined 0.3% to close at 1,427.2. The Commercial Banking index fell 0.7%, while other indices remained unchanged. Nat. Bank of Bahrain fell 3.3%, while Bahrain Islamic Bank was down 2.5%. Qatar Exchange Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Qatar Cinema & Film Distri. Co. 43.25 4.2 9.9 7.9 QNB Group 165.00 1.9 313.2 (4.1) Qatar Insurance Co. 80.00 1.3 96.7 50.4 Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Co. 45.00 1.1 23.3 6.7 Doha Bank 55.50 0.9 280.8 (4.6) Qatar Exchange Top Vol. Trad. Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Vodafone Qatar 16.16 (10.0) 2,931.7 50.9 Masraf Al Rayan 46.50 (3.1) 1,493.6 48.6 Ezdan Holding Group 18.84 (1.5) 681.8 10.8 United Development Co. 22.35 (3.8) 632.1 3.8 Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Dev. 15.80 (3.2) 600.5 41.3 Market Indicators 29 Jun 14 26 Jun 14 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 414.4 531.5 (22.0) Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 636,954.4 643,796.2 (1.1) Volume (mn) 10.6 9.9 6.9 Number of Transactions 5,569 6,247 (10.9) Companies Traded 43 43 0.0 Market Breadth 7:36 5:35 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 17,404.84 (1.2) (1.2) 17.4 N/A All Share Index 2,979.25 (1.1) (1.1) 15.1 14.3 Banks 2,819.66 (0.4) (0.4) 15.4 14.0 Industrials 4,038.08 (1.0) (1.0) 15.4 15.7 Transportation 2,076.98 (2.1) (2.1) 11.8 13.3 Real Estate 2,360.49 (4.1) (4.1) 20.9 11.8 Insurance 3,402.84 (0.2) (0.2) 45.7 8.9 Telecoms 1,484.39 (2.9) (2.9) 2.1 20.5 Consumer 6,474.62 (2.0) (2.0) 8.9 25.5 Al Rayan Islamic Index 3,828.37 (2.8) (2.8) 26.1 16.6 GCC Top Gainers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Astra Industrial Group Saudi Arabia 55.73 6.6 875.7 5.2 United Arab Bank Abu Dhabi 6.50 3.8 6,867.5 15.9 Qassim Cement Saudi Arabia 98.62 3.0 190.2 10.2 Aviation Lease & Fin. Kuwait 0.26 2.8 327.9 (10.5) Union National Bank Abu Dhabi 6.20 2.7 259.0 10.9 GCC Top Losers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Vodafone Qatar Qatar 16.16 (10.0) 2,931.7 50.9 National Mar. Dred. Co. Abu Dhabi 7.40 (7.4) 6.6 (14.0) Arabtec Holding Co. Dubai 2.90 (6.5) 36,727.1 41.5 Drake & Scull Int. Dubai 1.50 (6.3) 14,492.7 4.2 Qatar General Ins. Qatar 44.10 (6.0) 18.9 10.5 Source: Bloomberg ( # in Local Currency) ( ## GCC Top gainers/losers derived from the Bloomberg GCC 200 Index comprising of the top 200 regional equities based on market capitalization and liquidity) Qatar Exchange Top Losers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Vodafone Qatar 16.16 (10.0) 2,931.7 50.9 Salam International Investment Co 16.20 (6.4) 515.6 24.5 Qatar General Ins. and Reins. Co. 44.10 (6.0) 18.9 10.5 Widam Food Co. 52.50 (5.6) 34.8 1.5 Dlala Brokerage & Inv. Holding 49.60 (5.5) 14.8 124.4 Qatar Exchange Top Val. Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% Masraf Al Rayan 46.50 (3.1) 69,474.0 48.6 QNB Group 165.00 1.9 51,135.9 (4.1) Vodafone Qatar 16.16 (10.0) 48,622.2 50.9 Industries Qatar 169.00 (0.6) 30,652.9 0.1 Qatar Fuel Co. 208.00 (1.2) 22,400.1 (4.8) 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* 11,669.43 (1.2) (1.2) (14.8) 12.4 113.83 174,971.4 14.5 2.0 4.3 Dubai 4,123.61 (2.3) (2.3) (18.9) 22.4 111.87 82,441.2 16.6 1.6 2.5 Abu Dhabi 4,647.57 (0.4) (0.4) (11.5) 8.3 45.72 130,463.2 13.7 1.7 3.6 Saudi Arabia 9,513.71 (0.6) (0.6) (3.2) 11.5 1,244.09 518,799.9 18.9 2.3 3.0 Kuwait 6,980.21 (0.0) (0.0) (4.3) (7.5) 34.52 109,883.4 16.5 1.1 4.0 Oman 6,955.86 0.2 0.2 1.4 1.8 15.34 25,778.2 12.1 1.7 4.0 Bahrain 1,427.24 (0.3) (0.3) (2.2) 14.3 0.38 53,424.7 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) 11,400 11,500 11,600 11,700 11,800 11,900 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00
  2. 2. Page 2 of 7 Qatar Market Commentary  The QE index declined 1.2% to close at 11,669.4. The Real Estate and Telecoms indices led the losses. The index fell on the back of selling pressure from non-Qatari shareholders despite buying support from Qatari shareholders.  Vodafone Qatar and Salam International Investment Co. were the top losers, falling 10.0% and 6.4%, respectively. Among the top gainers, Qatar Cinema & Film Distribution Co. rose 4.2%, while QNB Group was up 1.9%.  Volume of shares traded on Sunday rose by 6.9% to 10.6mn from 9.9mn on Thursday. However, as compared to the 30-day moving average of 22.6mn, volume for the day was 53.1% lower. Vodafone Qatar and Masraf Al Rayan were the most active stocks, contributing 27.7% and 14.1% to the total volume respectively. Source: Qatar Exchange (* as a % of traded value) News Qatar  FDI in Qatar’s industrial sector increases to QR129bn – According to the May 2014 update, the foreign direct investment inflow into Qatar’s industrial sector touched an estimated QR129bn. The figure makes up 52% of the total capital investment in the industrial sector over the same period. The flow of foreign investments to Qatar’s industrial sector picked up largely because of the country’s economic diversification strategy. In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, the country is increasingly focusing on high-value services in the non- hydrocarbon sector. Industry leaders expect huge foreign investments in the country’s manufacturing sector over the mid- term to long-term. The small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector is also set for a major takeoff. The just-released Qatar Economic Outlook 2014-15, however, noted the country’s manufacturing sector is projected to grow, but not as quickly as the services and construction sectors In 2014, the growth of manufacturing sector is expected to moderate with declines in fertilizer and refined products. However, the growth is set to come back higher in 2015 on the back of a revival in output of refined products and petrochemicals, and as feedstock comes from Barzan. Growing construction demand for cement and metals linked to the large capital projects should encourage some investments in new capacity, prompting manufacturing growth to recover some of its earlier impetus. (Peninsula Qatar)  QNB First launches LoungeKey airport access program – The QNB Group (QNBK) and MasterCard have launched the first LoungeKey airport access program in the world for premium banking QNB First members. The program provides QNB First MasterCard World credit card holders from Qatar, Kuwait, and Oman access to more than 400 premium lounges across 270 airports around the world. With the LoungeKey program, QNB First World MasterCard credit card holders from Qatar, Kuwait, and Oman can now enjoy instant access to premium lounges by simply swiping their credit card rather than carrying an additional membership card or voucher. Across Middle East and Africa alone, QNB World MasterCard credit card holders will have access to 50 premium lounges across prominent airports, including Oman, the UAE, and Bahrain. QNBK’s General Manager Group Retail Heba al-Tamimi said that the MasterCard LoungeKey is a key component of a comprehensive suite of premium financial products and services that were recently- introduced under the umbrella of the QNB First Global Recognition Program, the first banking initiative of its type in the MEA Region. (Gulf-Times.com)  AREDC: Qatar’s retail real estate expected to be center of investment – According to Al Asmakh Real Estate Development Company (AREDC), Qatar’s retail real estate is expected to be a “center of investment” owing to high occupancy and long-term commitments from tenants & decent rents. Moreover, AREDC said in a report that Qatar, which now has 13 operational malls, may see a total of 27 malls in the future, necessitating the need for branding, since major retail activities would be managed from the malls by 2018, and that mall density as proportion to population is also slated to increase. The company added that the present gross yields from the retail segment, other than the malls, are in the range of 5-6.5%. The average rents in top three malls – City Center, Villaggio and Landmark – are QR310 per square meters per month. The report said that these malls have average occupancies up to 90%, adding rents in other malls vary in between QR210 to QR250 per square meters per month. (Gulf-Times.com)  Real estate market witnesses’ marginal decline – According to Ezdan Weekly Report, Qatar’s real estate market witnessed a slight decline last week as total transactions for the third week of June stood at QR811.8mn as compared to QR888.2mn the previous week, down 8.6%. However, the number of transactions increased during June 15-19 to 154 from 145. The report said the average daily value of transactions amounted to about QR162.4m compared to QR177.6mn the previous week. Doha Municipality ranked first in terms of the value of transactions, with deals worth QR468.4mn compared to QR319.3mn — up 47%— with 32 transactions compared to 25 the previous week. The report predicted that transactions will see a rise in the coming weeks, especially in the land lots sector as investors and developers are directed towards the establishment of more real estate projects. Land lots transactions dominated the deals with 79.8% of the total in the municipality — QR374mn — while other real estate deals represented 20.2% and were worth QR94.4mn. Al Rayyan Municipality ranked second in terms of trading value — QR105.9mn as compared to QR283.7m the previous week, down 46%, acquiring 0.9% of total transactions, with 30 deals. The highest deal was worth QR10.5mn, through the sale of a villa in Maamoura. (Peninsula Qatar)  KFH partially divests stake in Barwa Bank – Kuwait Finance House (KFH) has divested a major stake of its ownership in Qatar's Barwa Bank. KFH sold 14.8mn shares for QR340.4mn, with a profit of QR46.6mn in the transaction. (Bloomberg) Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari 69.17% 53.12% 66,483,853.85 Non-Qatari 30.84% 46.88% (66,483,853.85)
  3. 3. Page 3 of 7  DOHI to disclose results on July 20, 2014 – Doha Insurance Company (DOHI) will disclose its financial reports for the period ending June 30, 2014, on July 20, 2014. (QE)  QEWS to disclose results on July 14, 2014 – Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWS) will disclose its financial reports for the period ending June 30, 2014, on July 14, 2014. (QE)  Hill International wins contract to manage Mall of Qatar construction – US-based Hill International has announced that it has received a three-year contract to provide project management services in connection with the construction of the Mall of Qatar in Doha. The contract has an estimated value to Hill of QR35mn ($9.6mn). The Mall of Qatar is expected to serve 20mn customers annually and will feature a three-storey central amphitheatre with a massive domed roof, called the Oasis, housing themed restaurants, fine dining and family fun food experiences. Spread over 165,000 square meters, the mall will have a major hypermarket, five department stores, 20 restaurants and an indoor streetscape with flagship stores from around the world. (Bloomberg) International  Global bank profits hit $920bn as Chinese lenders boom – A survey showed China's top banks accounted for almost one- third of a record $920bn of profits made by the world's top 1,000 banks last year, showing their rise in power since the financial crisis. China's banks made $292bn in aggregate pretax profit last year, or 32% of the industry's global earnings, according to The Banker magazine's annual rankings of the profits and capital strength of the world's biggest 1,000 banks. Last year's global profits were up 23% from the previous year to their highest-ever level, led by profits of $55bn at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). China Construction Bank (601939.SS), Agriculture Bank of China (601288.SS) and Bank of China (601988.SS) filled up the top four positions. US Banks made aggregate profits of $183bn, or 20% of the global tally, led by Wells Fargo's (WFC.N) earnings of $32bn. The survey further revealed that banks in the Eurozone contributed just 3% to the global profit pool, down from 25% before the 2008 financial crisis. Italian banks lost $35bn in aggregate last year, the worst performance by any country. Banks in Japan made $64bn of profit last year, or 7% of the global total, followed by banks in Canada, France and Australia ($39bn in each country), Brazil ($26bn) and Britain ($22bn), The Banker said. (Reuters)  BIS detects early 'worrying signals' from credit booms – The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said regulators should not dismiss "worrying" early signs of unsustainable property price and credit growth, which could leave borrowers vulnerable to interest rate rises or sharp downturns. The BIS – the global forum for central banks – said rock-bottom official interest rates, slashed to revive sluggish economies, have contributed to a boom in lending and real estate prices in some countries. While the ECB has cut rates to record lows and decided to pump money into the eurozone economy, the US Federal Reserve has hinted at interest rate hikes starting next year. The BIS said that several early warning indicators signal that vulnerabilities have been building up in the financial systems of several countries. While no early warning indicator is completely reliable, dismissing such readings as inappropriate would be too easy. The Basel-based bank said in many emerging market economies and Switzerland the credit-to-GDP gap, measuring the current ratio against its long-term trend, is "well above the threshold that indicates trouble". The gap between real residential property prices and their long-term trend also suggests risks are accumulating in the housing sector. (Reuters)  BoE: Expectations for interest rate hikes 'reasonable' – The Bank of England (BoE) policymaker Charlie Bean said market expectations of a rise in British interest rates at the turn of the year are "reasonable". Bean, a deputy governor who is due to leave the bank at the end of June, was asked about the path of interest rate rises implied by financial markets. He described expectations of an interest rate rise by early next year as "reasonable" and said longer-term expectations also looked in- line. Bean added that the market has rates going up to 2.5% over the next three years, which seems like a broadly sensible judgement. The BoE has kept interest rates at a record low 0.5% for more than five years. Last week, the BoE's head Mark Carney described market expectations that rates will be around 2.5% in three years as "not inconsistent" with the economy returning to form. Bean was also asked whether rates could eventually return to the pre-crisis levels around 5%. (Reuters)  French employers urge Hollande to speed up reforms, cut public spending – French employer groups called on President Francois Hollande to speed up reforms and cut public spending to revive the ailing economy in a joint statement issued on Sunday ahead of an annual conference of government officials, employers and labor unions. The two-day conference (to be held on July 7 and 8) will focus reforming proposals, including Hollande's "responsibility pact", which offers companies €41bn in payroll tax cuts over three years in exchange for promises of more hiring. Three employer groups – the largest group, Medef, small and medium-size companies group CGPME and farmers union FNSEA – have threatened to boycott the event over some of the proposals, such as using a tax on companies to compensate people with arduous jobs and a minimum 24 hours per week for part-time contracts aimed at securing jobs. The three joined five other groups to publish a letter in weekly Journal du Dimanche in favor of general reforms, without making concessions on specific demands. (Reuters)  Japan’s industrial production rebounds in May – Japan’s production rebounded in May, indicating that manufacturers are riding out a sales-tax increase as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to steer the economy through its aftermath. The trade ministry said industrial output rose 0.5% after dropping 2.8% in April. The median forecast of 28 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News was for a 0.9% increase. The government projects production to decrease 0.7% in June and increase 1.5% in July. With the economy forecast to contract this quarter, the focus is on whether growth will be strong enough over the next three months for Abe to proceed with a further increase in the consumption levy. A weak expansion may raise the odds of fiscal or monetary support in the coming months. (Bloomberg)  Slowing China economy dims profit outlook to 2012 low – The most-actively traded Chinese companies in the US are on track to report the smallest profits in two years as growth in the world’s second-largest economy decelerates to its slowest level since 1990. Data compiled by Bloomberg show analysts covering stocks listed on the Bloomberg China-US Equity Index (HSCEI) estimate that on an average they will post earnings of $5.64 per share this year, which would be the lowest profits reported since 2012. They have cut revenue forecasts by 7.9% in the past 11 weeks. Earnings and sales projections are falling as economists surveyed by Bloomberg estimate China’s gross domestic product expansion to slow to 7.4% this year, the weakest pace in 24 years, after back-to-back annual increases of 7.7%. While the government has implemented tax breaks, accelerated spending and cut some banks’ reserve requirements, investors are concerned that officials are not doing enough to stem a decline in real estate prices and boost private consumption. (Bloomberg)
  4. 4. Page 4 of 7 Regional  KSA approves 4,000 new housing units in Jubail – Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission of Jubail has issued housing certificates for more than 4,000 housing units in Jalmoudah neighborhood in Jubail Industrial City, belonging to private sector projects. The certificates were issued upon the inspection of the housing units to ensure they have adhered to the housing safety guidelines. The accommodation projects include 110 villas for Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), 43 villas for Saudi Aramco Refinery Company (Shell SASREF), eight residential buildings for the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (MAADEN) and 106 villas for the Saudi Company for Petrochemical industries (Kayan). (GulfBase.com)  IDB gives Egypt $385mn loan to finance construction of Helwan power station – The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has given Egypt 2.75bn Egyptian Pounds loan to help finance the construction of the Helwan power station. The plant is located in Helwan, south of Cairo and is expected to generate 1,950 MW. The total cost of the station is estimated at 12.5bn Egyptian Pounds. (GulfBase.com)  CI affirms Saudi’s sovereign ratings at ‘AA-‘; outlook Stable – Capital Intelligence (CI) has affirmed Saudi Arabia's Long- Term Foreign & Local Currency Ratings of 'AA-' and its Short- Term Foreign & Local Currency Ratings of 'A1'. The outlook for the ratings is 'Stable'. CI expects the central government budget surplus to exceed 7% of GDP in 2014 and to be about 4% in 2015, assuming annual average oil prices of $102 per barrel and $97 per barrel, respectively. Government financial assets in the form of deposits held with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) are expected to approach 65% of GDP in 2014 (60% in 2013), providing a satisfactory fiscal buffer against future adversities. CI expects real output growth to increase by about 4% over 2014-16, underpinned by robust non-oil activities and supported by planned government capital spending & the continuation of the double-digit private sector credit growth. GDP per capita was around $25,000 in 2013, and is expected to grow by an average of 1% during the 2014-16 period. The banking system is sound and currently poses little risk to the public finances. (GulfBase.com)  KSA’s new Jeddah airport to open in mid-2015 – Saudi Arabia’s new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah is set to open in the middle of 2015. The new airport will have a capacity to handle 30mn passengers in the first phase, 45mn in the second phase, and up to 80mn in the final phase. (GulfBase.com)  NCB: Saudi inflation seen at 3% in 2014 – According to the National Commercial Bank’s (NCB) ‘Saudi Economic Perspectives 2014-2015’ report, inflation in Saudi Arabia is likely to hover around 3% in 2014, with the recent sharp increase in commodity prices moderating by 2H2014 and offset by lower imported inflation. The report stated that prices edged higher in 2013, averaging 3.5% due to higher food prices. The liquid state of the economy was supportive of higher consumption expenditure, which drove up local food prices that averaged 5.7% YoY, higher than 4.5% YoY registered in 2012. On the rental component, prices maintained a slightly higher pace than 2012, albeit low as compared to the 2007-2011 period by averaging 3.5% in 2013. Accelerating the implementation of the mortgage law will positively impact the local real estate market by providing financing to home seekers. With unemployment at 11.5% by the end of 4Q2013, an expected increase in disposable income will boost private consumption expenditure. However, the dollar-positive effect due to tapering will underpin the headline inflation rate, which will remain in a range-bound movement at around 3% in 2014. (GulfBase.com)  Mobily, Virtustream team up to launch cloud computing offer for SMEs – Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) as part of its strategic alliance with Virtustream has launched a new cloud computing offer for the small and medium-sized business (SMEs) sector in Saudi. The services are divided into silver, gold and platinum categories. Mobily offers this service to its current customers via secure, reliable, and high-speed network connections to its Tier III and IV data centers. (GulfBase.com)  Mobily signs SR750mn vendor financing agreement – Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) has entered into a long-term vendor financing agreement with Canada export credit agency or Export Development Canada (EDC) for SR750mn, with no corporate guarantee. The tenure of the facilities is 10.5 years, and will be utilized over a two-year period. The loan will be repaid in 17 semi-annual equal installments, and has been priced at a fixed rate of 2.52% per annum with a 3% upfront premium. Credit Agricole, Societe Generale and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi are acting as mandated lead arrangers. The company intends to use the Shariah-compliant financing to acquire telecommunications equipment from Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade/enhance its network. (Tadawul)  UAC BoD approves appointments of Chairman, Vice- Chairman – United Cooperative Assurance Company’s (UAC) board of directors (BoD) has approved the appointments of Hassan Mohammad Shawkat Mahassini and Salem Bin Laden as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the board respectively. The BoD also approved the appointment of the sub-committees of the board. (Tadawul)  Sipchem to distribute SR220mn dividend for 1H2014 – Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) has announced the distribution of 6% dividend (SR0.6 per share) amounting to SR220mn for 1H2014. The dividend will be distributed on July 17, 2014. (Tadawul)  SAA appoints new Director-General – Saudi Arabian Airline (SAA) has appointed Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser as its new Director-General effective from August 3, 2014. Al-Jasser replaces Khaled Al-Molhem, who served SAA for eight years and presided over its privatization program. (GulfBase.com)  DEWA completes AED260mn transmission grid upgrade – The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has completed a AED260mn project to modify its transmission grid to redistribute loads across power stations. This will further ensure reliable, efficient and uninterrupted power distribution across Dubai. The DEWA implemented the changes to the 132kV transmission grid during 1H2014 to redistribute the load across 37 stations with 45 kilometer of new cables. Work is underway to raise the capacity of power plants, and introduce the latest technologies for improved efficiency. The Dubai utility is making 49 additional upgrades and boosting its substations with the latest technologies to expand their capacity. (GulfBase.com)  Japan-based Hitz acquires Dubai electrochemical company – Dubai-based electrochemical company Cumberland has been acquired by Japan’s Hitachi Zosen Corporate (Hitz). The acquisition will provide Hitz with direct access to the European and MENA regions. Cumberland will benefit from the wider product portfolio of Hitz and its enhanced financial resources. Cumberland will continue its operations from its headquarters in Dubai and from its engineering, sales and technical support offices in the UK, Singapore and India. (Bloomberg)  Greenstone teams up with Capital Dynamics – Dubai-based Greenstone Equity Partners has joined forces with Capital
  5. 5. Page 5 of 7 Dynamics to meet the rising investor demand for global investment opportunities in private assets across the GCC region. Greenstone will be bringing Capital Dynamics' clean energy infrastructure and private equity platform to the region's sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors and family offices. The Clean Energy Infrastructure platform includes a Shari’ah- compliant investment vehicle, and a Shari’ah-compliant investment vehicle for the Private Equity program is expected soon. (Bloomberg)  Waha Capital acquires 20.56% stake in NPS – Waha Capital through its principal investment unit has acquired a 20.56% stake in Dubai-based oilfield services firm National Petroleum Services (NPS) for a purchase consideration of $76mn, as part of an increased emphasis on the region's energy sector. A consortium of Gulf-based investors, including Fajr Capital and Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (Apicorp) agreed on a deal in April 2014 to acquire NPS for over $500mn. Waha was part of the consortium and the transaction, with total equity value of $370mn is closed. (ADX)  Kuwait issues new banknotes in circulation with effect from June 29 – The Governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK), Dr. Mohammad Y. Al-Hashel, said that the sixth issue of Kuwait banknotes is made as per the Cabinet’s resolution passed on June 10, 2013, endorsing the recommendation of the CBK’s board of directors for the sixth issue of Kuwait banknotes – incorporating their design, colors, security and technical specifications for all denominations. The sixth issue of the Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) banknotes employs a clear and elegant structure throughout the entire series, using visual representations of nationally significant elements and economic accomplishments that are all grounded on one unified background that is of the Kuwaiti flag. The sixth issue of the KD banknotes includes the most advanced security measures such as innovative printing processes, color changing features and visual elements that become visible upon tilting the banknote. (GulfBase.com)  Veolia wins bags $50mn water treatment project to build BP’s Khazzan gas field – Leading international water solutions specialist Veolia has been selected by BP to design, build and operate a raw water treatment plant to develop the Khazzan gas field in Block 61 in central Oman. The plant will start providing water from January 2015. The estimated $50mn water treatment facility has a maximum capacity of 6,000 cubic m/day, split between 4,000 cubic m/day of process water and 2,000 cubic m/day of drinking water. Veolia will operate the plant for one year, with extension options of up to four additional years. (GulfBase.com)  Al Batinah BoD appoints temporary Director, Chairman – Al Batinah Power Company has made resolutions in its board of directors’ (BoD) meeting for the appointment of Philippe Claude Christian Langlet as its temporary Director and Chairman of the board, following the resignation of Mario Savastano as Director and Chairman of the board. (MSM)  Omantel enhances self-care portal; appoints new CEO – Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) has announced the enhancement of its self-care portal in order to serve and assist corporate customers to self-manage & make necessary changes to their accounts. This action will enable Omantel to improve corporate customer care experience with high level of security and confidentiality. Meanwhile, Omantel has appointed Talal Said Marhoon al-Mamari as its Chief Executive. Mamari is a company veteran and had previously served as the Chief Financial Officer. He has replaced outgoing CEO Amer Al- Rawas, who will take up a similar role at a company in Oman's oil & gas sector. (GulfBase.com, Reuters)  CBO: Oman’s total subsidy surges by 8%; debt rises by 9.3% – According to a report by Central Bank of Oman (CBO), Oman government's total subsidy and other expenses grew by 8% to OMR2,048mn in 2013, which was mainly driven by subsidy on petroleum products and electricity. Subsidy on petroleum products soared 11.1% to OMR1,119.1mn in 2013, accounting for 54.6% share in total subsidy. Likewise, the government support for electricity shot up 26.9% to OMR320.5mn in 2013 over the previous year. CBO further stated that Oman's total debt grew 9.3% to OMR1,486.5mn in 2013, over the figure of 2012. Principal repayments increased by 42.1% to OMR164.5mn, while interest payments grew by 18.3% to OMR53.6mn in 2013. Debt to gross domestic product ratio stood at 4.9%, while debt services ratio stood at 0.5% in 2013. (Bloomberg)  Mazoon Electricity to invest OMR200mn for distribution network expansion – Mazoon Electricity Company is planning to invest OMR200mn for a three-year period between 2015 and 2017 for expanding the distribution network as well as upgrading its existing networks. The company is engaged in power distribution in Dakiliya, Sharqiya and South Batinah governorates. (Bloomberg)  Bahrain ranked among top-8 countries on the Global Web Index – The Kingdom of Bahrain has achieved an advanced rank in the UN eGovernment Survey 2014 on the eGovernment readiness & quality of eServices, were it was rated at the forefront of five geographic regions achieving rank number 18 worldwide and first on the Arab and Middle East countries with its eGovernment readiness. The report evaluates the readiness of 193 world countries and United Nations member states. The report has indicated the advancement of Bahrain on the eParticipation Index – occupying the 14th rank after it had been the 19th within the last report in 2012. Such an achievement has moved Bahrain ahead. Bahrain was also classified for the third consecutive time as one of the top 8 countries in the Global Web Index. The Kingdom of Bahrain attains the confidence of the international community and as a result, it has been selected as the first Arab country and the fourth world state to host the United Nations Public Service Forum in 2013 outside the United Nations’ headquarters in New York. (GulfBase.com)  BNI, Al Ahlia mutually drop acquisition deal – Bahrain National Insurance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bahrain National Holding Company (BNH), has announced that it was not going ahead with its majority acquisition Al Ahlia Insurance Company, as the selling shareholders of AI Ahlia were unable to reach an agreement with BNH on valuation that would satisfy both parties. (Bahrain Bourse)  Ithmaar Bank issues investor report on SBM – Ithmaar Bank has issued an investor report on its Shamil Bosphorus Modaraba (SBM), indicating the fund will not achieve its investment objectives and stating that there is also a low probability that investors will have their entire capital returned. SBM is a $90mn investment fund opened in November 2007 that provided equity for the acquisition, development and sale of a diversified pool of assets that included land, property and development sites in Turkey. (Bahrain Bourse)  Bahrain’s NEC exchange signs contract with New Zealand- based Wynyard Group – Bahrain’s NEC exchange has selected New Zealand-based Wynyard Group for its Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering Financing of Terrorism (CFT) software-as-a-service solution. NEC selected Wynyard Group to help meet the stringent regulatory requirements set by the
  6. 6. Page 6 of 7 Central Bank of Bahrain. Any failure to meet these complex regulations could mean halt in trading, reputational loss as well as tough financial penalties. (Bloomberg)
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