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QNBFS Daily Market Report September 6, 2018

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QNBFS Daily Market Report September 6, 2018

  1. 1. Page 1 of 7 QSE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QSE Index rose 0.1% to close at 9,830.3. Gains were led by the Banks & Financial Services and Insurance indices, gaining 0.8% and 0.5%, respectively. Top gainers were Doha Insurance Group and The Group Islamic Insurance Co., rising 4.0% and 3.8%, respectively. Among the top losers, Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company fell 4.9%, while Dlala Brokerage & Investment Holding Company was down 4.4%. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI Index fell 3.1% to close at 7,719.1. Losses were led by the Media and Consumer Durables & App. indices, falling 4.9% and 4.3%, respectively. Amana Cooperative Ins. fell 9.8%, while Walaa Cooperative Ins. was down 7.5%. Dubai: The DFM General Index declined 0.7% to close at 2,818.4. The Transportation index fell 1.4%, while the Real Estate & Const. index declined 1.1%. Drake & Scull Int. fell 3.5%, while Gulf General Investments Co. was down 2.3%. Abu Dhabi: The ADX General index fell 1.1% to close at 4,927.9. The Banks index declined 2.0%, while the Consumer Staples index fell 1.6%. Abu Dhabi National Insurance Co. declined 6.2%, while Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank was down 4.6%. Kuwait: The Kuwait Main market Index rose marginally to close at 4,869.9. The Basic Materials index gained 2.6%, while the Ind. index rose 0.8%. Kuwait and Middle East Finan. gained 12.5%, while United Projects for Aviation. was up 9.9%. Oman: The MSM 30 Index rose marginally to close at 4,429.5. Gains were led by the Industrial and Services indices, rising 0.2% and 0.1%, respectively. Al Anwar Ceramic Tiles rose 3.4%, while Oman Fisheries was up 2.4%. Bahrain: The BHB Index fell 0.2% to close at 1,335.3. The Insurance index declined 1.0%, while the Industrial index fell 0.8%. Bahrain Cinema Company declined 7.4%, while Bahrain National Holding Company was down 3.6%. QSE Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Doha Insurance Group 13.63 4.0 0.5 (2.6) The Group Islamic Insurance Co. 55.00 3.8 0.2 0.1 QNB Group 178.50 1.7 228.9 41.7 Widam Food Company 71.20 1.6 0.7 13.9 Ahli Bank 30.50 1.3 1.1 (17.9) QSE Top Volume Trades Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Ezdan Holding Group 10.34 0.1 737.5 (14.4) Qatar First Bank 5.28 (1.3) 637.7 (19.1) Dlala Brokerage & Inv. Holding Co. 13.00 (4.4) 594.3 (11.6) Investment Holding Group 5.80 (0.5) 379.1 (4.9) Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. 17.21 (1.7) 344.8 6.9 Market Indicators 05 Sep 18 04 Sep 18 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 188.1 114.9 63.8 Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 544,555.8 542,617.7 0.4 Volume (mn) 5.8 8.2 (29.0) Number of Transactions 2,914 2,682 8.7 Companies Traded 43 42 2.4 Market Breadth 13:28 27:11 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 17,319.94 0.1 (0.6) 21.2 14.6 All Share Index 2,876.85 0.2 (0.4) 17.3 14.9 Banks 3,544.80 0.8 (0.3) 32.2 14.4 Industrials 3,135.80 (0.5) (0.6) 19.7 15.6 Transportation 2,009.37 (1.1) (1.3) 13.7 12.5 Real Estate 1,845.28 (0.0) 0.3 (3.7) 15.6 Insurance 3,127.75 0.5 (0.3) (10.1) 29.2 Telecoms 1,000.04 (0.3) (3.3) (9.0) 39.2 Consumer 6,226.10 (0.4) 1.2 25.4 13.6 Al Rayan Islamic Index 3,804.24 (0.4) (0.5) 11.2 16.4 GCC Top Gainers ## Exchange Close # 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Union National Bank Abu Dhabi 4.95 11.7 39,469.9 30.3 Boubyan Petrochem. Co. Kuwait 1.05 3.7 1,096.2 56.7 GFH Financial Group Dubai 1.40 2.9 36,713.9 (6.7) Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait Kuwait 0.30 2.1 111.5 1.7 QNB Group Qatar 178.50 1.7 228.9 41.7 GCC Top Losers ## Exchange Close # 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Banque Saudi Fransi Saudi Arabia 31.00 (6.1) 291.7 8.4 Arab National Bank Saudi Arabia 31.40 (5.8) 178.7 27.1 F. A. Al Hokair Saudi Arabia 22.68 (5.8) 635.4 (25.4) Co. for Cooperative Ins. Saudi Arabia 50.70 (5.2) 303.5 (46.3) DP World Dubai 20.50 (4.7) 110.9 (18.0) Source: Bloomberg (# in Local Currency) (## GCC Top gainers/losers derived from the S&P GCC Composite Large Mid Cap Index) QSE Top Losers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Qatar Industrial Manufacturing 39.00 (4.9) 11.6 (10.8) Dlala Brokerage & Inv. Holding 13.00 (4.4) 594.3 (11.6) Mannai Corporation 51.06 (3.7) 39.7 (14.2) Qatar National Cement Company 56.01 (3.4) 17.9 (11.0) Qatar Gas Transport Co. Ltd. 17.21 (1.7) 344.8 6.9 QSE Top Value Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% QNB Group 178.50 1.7 40,634.0 41.7 Qatar Electricity & Water Co. 189.00 (0.5) 15,379.9 6.2 Industries Qatar 124.00 0.0 14,661.2 27.8 Qatar Islamic Bank 139.40 1.0 13,731.5 43.7 The Commercial Bank 39.30 0.1 11,912.0 36.0 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* 9,830.32 0.1 (0.6) (0.6) 15.3 51.40 149,589.5 14.6 1.5 4.5 Dubai 2,818.44 (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) (16.4) 57.02 100,864.0 7.5 1.0 6.0 Abu Dhabi 4,927.92 (1.1) (1.2) (1.2) 12.0 115.55 134,282.7 13.0 1.5 4.9 Saudi Arabia 7,719.10 (3.1) (2.9) (2.9) 6.8 1,050.22 489,286.7 17.0 1.7 3.7 Kuwait 4,869.91 0.0 (0.6) (0.6) 0.9 65.90 33,609.6 15.1 0.9 4.3 Oman 4,429.45 0.0 0.2 0.2 (13.1) 13.54 13,357.6 11.0 0.9 6.2 Bahrain 1,335.26 (0.2) (0.2) (0.2) 0.3 14.94 20,488.5 9.0 0.8 6.1 Source: Bloomberg, Qatar Stock Exchange, Tadawul, Muscat Securities Market and Dubai Financial Market (** TTM; * Value traded ($ mn) do not include special trades, if any) 9,750 9,800 9,850 9,900 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 QSE Index rose 0.1% to close at 9,830.3. The Banks & Financial Services and Insurance indices led the gains. The index rose on the back of buying support from non-Qatari shareholders despite selling pressure from Qatari and GCC shareholders.  Doha Insurance Group and The Group Islamic Insurance Company were the top gainers, rising 4.0% and 3.8%, respectively. Among the top losers, Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company fell 4.9%, while Dlala Brokerage & Investment Holding Company was down 4.4%.  Volume of shares traded on Wednesday fell by 29.0% to 5.8mn from 8.2mn on Tuesday. Further, as compared to the 30-day moving average of 6.5mn, volume for the day was 10.3% lower. Ezdan Holding Group and Qatar First Bank were the most active stocks, contributing 12.7% and 11.0% to the total volume, respectively. Source: Qatar Stock Exchange (* as a % of traded value) Global Economic Data Date Market Source Indicator Period Actual Consensus Previous 09/05 US Mortgage Bankers Association MBA Mortgage Applications 31-August -0.1% – -1.7% 09/05 US US Census Bureau Trade Balance July -$50.1bn -$50.2bn -$45.7bn 09/05 UK Markit Markit/CIPS UK Services PMI August 54.3 53.9 53.5 09/05 UK Markit Markit/CIPS UK Composite PMI August 54.2 54.0 53.5 09/05 EU Markit Markit Eurozone Services PMI August F 54.4 54.4 54.4 09/05 EU Markit Markit Eurozone Composite PMI August F 54.5 54.4 54.4 09/05 Germany Markit Markit Germany Services PMI August F 55.0 55.2 55.2 09/05 Germany Markit Markit/BME Germany Composite PMI August F 55.6 55.7 55.7 09/05 France Markit Markit France Services PMI August F 55.4 55.7 55.7 09/05 France Markit Markit France Composite PMI August F 54.9 55.1 55.1 09/05 Japan Markit Nikkei Japan PMI Services August 51.5 – 51.3 09/05 Japan Markit Nikkei Japan PMI Composite August 52.0 – 51.8 09/05 China Markit Caixin China PMI Composite August 52.0 – 52.3 09/05 China Markit Caixin China PMI Services August 51.5 52.6 52.8 09/05 India Markit Nikkei India PMI Services August 51.5 – 54.2 09/05 India Markit Nikkei India PMI Composite August 51.9 – 54.1 Source: Bloomberg (s.a. = seasonally adjusted; n.s.a. = non-seasonally adjusted; w.d.a. = working day adjusted) Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari Individuals 15.57% 24.26% (16,330,823.87) Qatari Institutions 14.58% 16.90% (4,369,300.03) Qatari 30.15% 41.16% (20,700,123.90) GCC Individuals 1.04% 0.53% 948,926.69 GCC Institutions 0.05% 1.68% (3,076,031.38) GCC 1.09% 2.21% (2,127,104.69) Non-Qatari Individuals 8.49% 8.21% 527,087.77 Non-Qatari Institutions 60.27% 48.42% 22,300,140.82 Non-Qatari 68.76% 56.63% 22,827,228.59
  3. 3. Page 3 of 7 News Qatar  Moody's withdraws Ezdan Holding Group's credit rating – Ezdan Holding Group’s ‘B1’ corporate rating, as well as Ezdan Sukuk Company’s ‘B1’ senior unsecured MTN program rating and the associated senior unsecured debt instruments with ‘B1’ rating of Ezdan Sukuk Co. were all withdrawn, Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) stated. Moody’s stated ratings were withdrawn because it believes it has “insufficient or otherwise inadequate information to support the maintenance of the ratings.” (Bloomberg)  Dlala Islamic Brokerage announces the last business day to be 6 September, 2018 – Dlala Islamic Brokerage announced that Thursday 6 September, 2018 will be the last business day, this is according to the merger of Dlala Islamic Brokerage and Dlala Brokerage and Investment Holding Company, which has been approved by QFMA. (QSE)  Qatar’s central bank sells QR1.1bn of Treasury-bills – Qatar's central bank sold QR1.1bn of Treasury bills with maturities of three, six and nine months. The bank sold QR600mn of three- month bills at a yield of 2.18%, QR300mn of six-month bills at 2.48% and QR200mn of nine-month bills at 2.73%. (Zawya)  2022 World Cup: Qatar aims to have 3-5 fan fest venues – Qatar will have about three to five fan fest venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, stated a top official of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC). “The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be, probably, the most compact one so far. Having fans of all the teams in a compact place will add to the festivities. We aim to have some three to five fan fest venues for the tournament,” said Nasser Al-Khater, Assistant Secretary General, Tournament Affairs SC. Speaking on the sidelines of an event to launch volunteer registration for the tournament recently, Al- Khater said that every country has its own strength and the size of the country is the strength for Qatar. (Gulf-Times.com)  Qatar Petroleum in talks over potential Germany’s LNG terminal – Qatar Petroleum, the world’s top supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), is in talks with Germany’s energy firms Uniper and RWE about cooperating on a potential local LNG terminal, its Chief Executive said. “We have a serious interest in participating in a Germany’s LNG terminal and are talking to Uniper and RWE,” Saad Al-Kaabi told business daily Handelsblatt in an interview ahead of the Qatar Germany Business and Investment Forum in Berlin on September 7. Al- Kaabi said there were two ways of participating in an LNG terminal, either by securing capacity to open up supply, or by taking a stake in the terminal infrastructure. A spokeswoman for RWE, Germany’s largest power producer, said talks with Qatar Petroleum were about potential gas deliveries to Germany, not about a shareholding in a potential Germany’s LNG terminal. (Reuters)  QFC survey: Growth streak for private sector continues – Continuing the sequence recorded since August last year, business conditions across Qatar's non-oil and gas private sector improved once again, according to the latest Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Qatar PMI data. Despite the rate of expansion easing to a one-year low, growth of new business remained robust overall, while job creation accelerated to a survey-record high amid elevated sentiment across the sector. The survey, compiled for the Qatar Financial Centre by IHS Markit, has been conducted since April 2017, and provides an early indication of operating conditions in Qatar. The headline figure derived from the survey is the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI). Readings above 50 signal an improvement in business conditions on the previous month, while readings below 50 show deterioration. The headline seasonally adjusted Qatar Financial Centre PMI – a composite gauge designed to give a single-figure snapshot of operating conditions in the non- oil and gas private sector – softened to 50.4 in August, from 52 in July, partly reflecting a slight fall in output. The figure remained in positive territory, however, and stretched the current phase of expansion to 13 months. (Gulf-Times.com)  Cabinet issues draft legislation for fund to support workers – The Cabinet has taken the necessary measures to issue a draft law on the establishment of a fund to support workers in the country. The decision was taken after the Cabinet reviewed recommendations of the Advisory Council on the draft law at its regular weekly meeting, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. Under the provisions of the draft law, the fund will be established with a legal identity and an independent budget, and with affiliation to the Cabinet. It will be headquartered in Doha and branches/offices may be set up in the country based on a decision from the Cabinet. The fund aims to provide sustainable and required financial resources for the support and security of workers. It seeks to pay workers’ dues as agreed upon by labor dispute settlement committees and then collect the amount paid from employers, QNA stated. (Gulf-Times.com)  NHRC welcomes laws issued by the Emir – The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) welcomed the various legislations issued by HH Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, which confirmed the continuous efforts to consolidate the pillars of a State of institutions, the rule of law and human rights. NHRC valued these reformation steps reflected in issuing Decrees No 40 and 41 of 2018 on approving the accession of Qatar to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and approving the accession of Qatar to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, both having the force of law in line with Article 68 of the constitution. NHRC said this represents a major importance to Qatar, since both covenants are two international legitimacies, where all human rights provisions were generally understood and joining them are a positive indication to its stance towards human rights and its implementation. (Gulf-Times.com) International  US trade deficit rises to five-month high as exports fall – The US trade deficit rose to a five-month high in July, with the politically sensitive gap with China hitting a record high, which economists said could embolden the Trump administration to aggressively pursue its “America First” agenda. The administration’s protectionist trade policy has left the US embroiled in tit-for-tat tariffs with the European Union, Canada and Mexico as well as an escalating trade war with China. President Donald Trump claims the US is being taken advantage of by its trade partners. The deterioration in the trade deficit reported by the Commerce Department on
  4. 4. Page 4 of 7 Wednesday came a day before the end of a public comment period on a list of $200bn worth of Chinese goods widely expected to be hit with tariffs soon. The Commerce Department said the trade deficit increased 9.5% to $50.1bn as exports of soybeans and civilian aircraft dropped and imports hit a record high. The trade gap has now widened for two straight months. Economists polled by Reuters had forecasted the trade shortfall swelling to $50.3bn in July. (Reuters)  Eurozone’s growth picks up in August, but trade war casts a shadow – Eurozone’s business activity picked up a bit last month, extending a period of solid growth, but a growing global trade war kept optimism in check and suggests the pace may not be maintained, a survey showed. Signs of robust growth and inflationary pressures means, the European Central Bank is unlikely to be swayed from closing its 2.6tn Euro asset purchase program by year-end. IHS Markit’s Eurozone Composite Final Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), seen as a good guide to economic health, nudged up in August to 54.5 from July’s 54.3, just above an earlier flash estimate of 54.4. Anything above 50 indicates growth. August’s surveys point to quarterly Eurozone economic growth of 0.4%, matching a forecast in a Reuters poll last month, IHS Markit said. But it also questioned whether the pace could be maintained next quarter. (Reuters)  Eurozone’s retail sales growth slows YoY in July as clothing spend falls – Eurozone’s retail sales grew at a more moderate rate than expected YoY in July as households spent less on clothing than a year earlier, mirroring a steady weakening of consumer sentiment since the start of the year. Retail sales in the 19 countries sharing the single currency fell by 0.2% MoM and rose by 1.1% YoY. Economists polled by Reuters had expected the same 0.2% drop in July and a 1.3% YoY rise after June’s increases of 0.3% MoM and 1.5% from the same period a year earlier. The YoY rise was largely the result of a 7.3% increase in mail order and internet sales. (Reuters)  Strong Germany’s services point to robust growth in third quarter – Germany’s services growth reached a six-month high in August as firms created jobs at the fastest pace in nearly 11 years, a survey showed, suggesting that a domestically driven upswing will continue in the third quarter. Helped by low borrowing costs and a growing population, household consumption, state spending and construction have become important and reliable growth drivers in Europe’s largest economy, providing a buffer against trade-related uncertainties. IHS Markit’s final composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which tracks the manufacturing and services sectors that account for more than two-thirds of the economy, rose to 55.6 from 55.0 in July. The reading, the highest since February, was well above the 50 line that separates growth from contraction but came in slightly below a preliminary estimate published last month. In services, business activity increased to reach a six-month high at 55.0 in August. Financial and telecommunications companies reported the fastest growth. A sub-index tracking employment growth in services jumped to 56.8, the highest reading since October 2007. (Reuters)  China’s central bank to boost support for smaller firms – China’s central bank will improve its policy transmission mechanism to further step up financing support for smaller firms, its governor, Yi Gang, said in remarks published. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has been pumping out more cash to spur bank lending, but faces difficulty in channeling credit to small firms, vital for economic growth and employment at a time of rising trade tension. The PBOC will treat state and private firms equally on policies including credit and bond issuance, Yi said in a statement posted on the central bank’s website. The government will coordinate monetary, fiscal and regulatory polices to “stimulate financial institutions’ enthusiasm”, and will build a sustainable financing model for small firms, he added. Yi made the remarks during a meeting with executives of private companies and senior officials from commercial banks, the statement said. Private company officials at the meeting said they faced pressures from economic slowdown, the impact of government policies to cut debt, higher financing costs and tougher pollution curbs, it added. Commercial firms remain reluctant to lend to small and private firms, which they consider to be riskier than state-owned firms. (Reuters) Regional  Cyber threat landscape across the GCC rapidly expanding, cautions Booz Allen Hamilton – As the cyber threat landscape continues to evolve, it is imperative for the government and private sector to pay attention to some of the most significant areas of heightened risk in the cyber environment, according to Booz Allen Hamilton. The cyber threat landscape in Qatar and generally in the GCC region is rapidly expanding, with attacks against regional entities and residents increasing in quantity and sophistication. Indeed, a May 2018 survey reported an estimated 41% of GCC-based enterprises experienced a cyber- attack in the previous 12 months, a 46% increase from 2016 numbers. (Gulf-Times.com)  MSCI’s CEO says composition of new Saudi Arabian tradable index not yet fixed – The composition of new MSCI-Saudi Arabian tradable index is not yet fixed, but the index provider will publish standards later, according to MSCI’s CEO, Henry Fernandez. MSCI stated the index would be based on the broader MSCI Saudi Arabia index series, part of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. (Reuters)  Tadawul’s Chief Executive says IPOs to increase, futures to aid foreign funds – Tadawul expects share listings to pick up next year while the launch of stock index futures should smooth an influx of money from overseas, its Chief Executive said. The Saudi Arabian market, with a capitalization of about $500bn, is bracing for heavy inflows of foreign funds in 2019, analysts predict $20bn or more, as it joins emerging market indexes compiled by MSCI and FTSE Russell. Absorbing that amount of money without destabilizing stock prices may be difficult. However, Khalid Al Hussan said authorities were working on several initiatives to deepen the market with initial public offers (IPO) of equity, helping to make it more stable. A package of incentives will soon be offered to local companies that list, he said; the firms could expect regulatory benefits within their industries. This may persuade family-controlled groups to take some of their operations public. (Reuters)  Saudi Arabia raises October crude prices to Europe, cuts Asian prices – Saudi Aramco raised the European price for its Arab Light crude grade for October, the state oil producer stated, as Russian Urals prices rally and European refiners seek to replace
  5. 5. Page 5 of 7 Iranian oil supplies ahead of the November US sanctions deadline. Saudi Aramco has raised the official selling price (OSP) to Northwest Europe by $1.45 a barrel from the previous month, putting it at a discount of $1.80 per barrel to ICE Brent. Saudi Aramco cut its October OSP for Arab Light to Asia by $0.10 a barrel versus September, putting it at a premium of $1.10 a barrel to the Oman/Dubai average. (Reuters)  Saudi Arabia aims to keep crude in $70-80 band – Saudi Arabia wants oil to stay between $70 and $80 a barrel for now, as the world’s biggest crude exporter strikes a balance between maximizing revenue and keeping a lid on prices until US congressional elections, OPEC and industry sources said. After announcing the flotation of Saudi Aramco in 2016, the Kingdom began pushing for higher crude prices partly to help maximize the valuation of the state oil company ahead of an initial public offering (IPO), originally scheduled for 2018. (Reuters)  CMA approves capital increase request for Bupa Arabia – The Capital Market Authority (CMA) issued its resolution approving Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance Company's (Bupa Arabia) request to increase its capital from SR800,000,000 to SR1,200,000,000 through issuing one bonus share for every two existing shares owned by the shareholders. The increased capital will be paid by transferring an amount of SR400,000,000 from the retained earnings to the company's capital. The company's outstanding shares increased from 80,000,000 to 120,000,000. (Tadawul)  Saudi Arabia’s textile printing industry’s tech migration on the rise – The textile printing industry has come of age and is rapidly growing across the globe and the Middle East region. Saudi Arabia houses thousands of retail destinations, including several high-end furniture brands and these numbers are on the rise. According to Smithers Pira, the UK-based market intelligence, testing and consulting firm, this industry is slated to grow to $2.66bn by 2021. (GulfBase.com)  Saudi Aramco awards major Marjan field deal to BHGE – Saudi Aramco awarded the first large-scope integrated services contract for its Marjan oilfield, the first of three major offshore expansions in Saudi Arabia, and the company’s largest upstream development project this year, to Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE). Under the contract’s terms, BHGE will provide drilling services, coiled tubing services and drilling fluids engineering services in Marjan. (GulfBase.com)  The UAE, Britain discuss trade cooperation – Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, to discuss ways of expanding the scope of trade cooperation. Sheikh Abdullah, currently on a state visit to the UK, underlined the importance of the strategic relations between the two countries and their leadership’s determination to propel ties to the higher good of the two peoples. (GulfBase.com)  S&P cuts credit ratings on two Dubai firms, cites weaker economy – S&P Global Ratings (S&P) cut its credit ratings for two Dubai state-owned companies, saying a weakening economy in the Emirate was hurting the government’s ability to extend emergency support to the firms if needed. The downgrades were a fresh sign of pressure on Dubai’s economy, where the real estate and equity markets are slumping. The Emirate does not have a sovereign credit rating, so analysts often look at state firms as indicators of its financial health. “In our view, credit conditions in Dubai have deteriorated, which we believe affects the government’s likely ability to provide extraordinary financial support to its government-related entities (GREs) if needed,” S&P stated. S&P lowered its rating on utility Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB-plus’, assigning it a ‘Negative’ outlook, which indicates a significant chance of a further downgrade in future. S&P also lowered its rating for real estate firm DIFC Investments (DIFCI) to ‘BBB-minus’, one step above junk status, from ‘BBB’, but with a ‘Stable’ outlook. DIFCI owns an office and retail complex in Dubai’s international financial center. (Reuters)  du shareholders approve cash dividend of 13 Fils per share in 1H2018 – Emirates Integrated Telecommunications company (du) stated its shareholders have approved the distribution of interim cash dividend of 13 Fils per share in 1H2018 at the recently held general meeting. Shareholders also ratified the appointment of Khalid Al Qubaisi as a member of the board, du stated. (GulfBase.com)  Abraaj Group’s fund unit that managed $14bn to get $1 bid – Abraaj Group’s fund unit, which managed about $14bn at its peak and was one of the most influential emerging market investors, received a bid from private equity firm Actis for $1, according to sources. Chicago-based Vistria Group, Rohatyn Group, Kuwait’s Agility Public Warehousing Co. and Abu Dhabi Financial Group also made offers for the floundering Middle Eastern buyout firm’s business, sources said. Abraaj’s liquidators are also getting offers for regional operations within the unit. Colony Capital Inc., whose earlier bid for Abraaj Group’s entire fund business was rejected, made an offer for its Latin American operations, while Helios Capital Management is bidding for the Africa platform, they said. NBK Capital, the investment banking unit of National Bank of Kuwait, made an offer for Abraaj Group’s Middle East and North Africa business. (Bloomberg)  OSN and Huawei sign new strategic IPTV partnership – OSN has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei to deliver a turnkey IPTV solution that enables telecom operators to offer a ‘state-of-the-art’ TV experience alongside premium content. OSN is a leading entertainment network in the region, while Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. This new collaboration with Huawei “forms part of OSN’s digitization strategy to enhance product delivery and ensure that more potential OSN customers have access to the best TV experiences by utilizing innovative technology,” according to a press statement. (Peninsula Qatar)  Wataniya Airways’ unpredictable circumstances force suspension – Wataniya Airways stated unexpected circumstances which could not be avoided have disrupted its operations for the current travel season, forcing temporary suspension of operations. “Wataniya Airways is committed to complying with all decisions and regulations of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and is keen on offering its services at highest standards,” Wataniya Airways’ Board Chairman, Ali Al Fozan said. (GulfBase.com)
  6. 6. Page 6 of 7  CBO issues treasury bills worth OMR6.5mn – The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) raised OMR6.5mn by way of allotting treasury bills on September 4, 2018. The treasury bills are for a maturity period of 28 days, from September 5 until October 3, 2018. The average accepted price reached 99.481 for every OMR100, and the minimum accepted price arrived at 99.840 per OMR100. Whereas the average discount rate and the average yield reached 2.07067% and 2.07397%, respectively. The interest rate on the Repo operations with CBO is 2.61% for the period from September 9, 2018 to September 10, 2018 while the discount rate on the Treasury Bills Discounting Facility with CBO is 3.36%, for the same period. (GulfBase.com)  ODB funds OMR67.79mn projects in North Batinah – Oman Development Bank (ODB) disbursed loans worth OMR67.79mn to finance 7,553 projects in North Batinah governorate between 2009 and 2018. This was part of its efforts to develop all the governorates of the Sultanate. These finances were aimed at supporting national initiatives for investment in service and productive economic sectors with high added value, achieving self-sufficiency in goods and commodities, and accommodating Omanis as employees. (GulfBase.com)  Investcorp buys minority stake in a Swiss private bank – Bahrain-based Investcorp has bought a minority stake in a Swiss private bank, Banque Paris Bertrand Sturdza, as a strategic investment. The private bank, which manages $5.4bn in assets, provides investment advice and customized investment solutions to over 400 high-net-worth individuals, family offices and institutional clients mainly from Switzerland and Europe, Investcorp stated, without giving the value of the deal. (Reuters)  Bahrain raises $500mn from private placement of bonds amid aid talks – Bahrain raised $500mn from a private placement of bonds with five regional banks, giving the island-Kingdom much-needed relief as it negotiates crucial financial support with its Gulf Arab allies. The bonds were placed with Bank ABC, Emirates NBD PJSC, Kuwait Finance House KSCP, Noor Bank PJSC and Sharjah Islamic Bank, according to sources. A sell-off in emerging-market assets is prompting some countries to avoid the scrutiny of international bond investors, with cash- strapped Ukraine raising $725mn in Eurobonds from a private placement last month. For Bahrain, the funds also give officials time to agree on the details of the aid package with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait. (Bloomberg)
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