GOSI investments in 68 companies hit SR54bn

Updated 24 December 2014
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GOSI investments in 68 companies hit SR54bn

Domestic investments of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) exceeded SR54 billion in 1434 covering nearly 68 companies, local media said quoting a report released by GOSI.
The investments were distributed in six sectors including banking, industry, retail and real estate, telecommunications, cement, and insurance sectors, the report said.
The banking sector captured the biggest portion of the GOSI investments valued at SR19.51 billion, or 35.9 percent of the overall investments, in over 10 banks. The GOSI retains more than 840 million shares of the banks with their market capitalization reaching SR41.70 billion, the report said.
The industrial sector captured the second largest GOSI investments at SR19.09 billion, or 35.1 percent, which are distributed in 14 industrial projects with shares over 673 million shares with their market capitalization estimated at SR42.96 billion, the report said.
Meanwhile, investments of the GOSI in the cement sector were estimated at SR 3.50 billion, or 6.5 percent, in six cement plants with 91 million shares with their market capitalization estimated at SR 8.42 billion.
The telecom sector captured 12.9 percent of the GOSI domestic investments valued at SR 7.03 billion in two companies having 231.3 million shares with their market capitalization valued at SR 14.52 billion, the report said.
Retail and real estate sector took 8.7 percent of the GOSI investments valued at SR 4.75 billion while their market capitalization hit SR 6.37 billion, the report said.
On the other hand, the insurance sector captured 9 percent of the GOSI investments valued at SR493.42 million in 22 million shares with their market capitalization reaching SR 489.43 million, according to the report.
In the meantime, the market capitalization of the GOSI investments (SR 54bn) grew by 111 percent to hit SR 114.48 billion, the report said.


‘Don’t be too optimistic’: Huawei employees fret at US ban

Updated 26 May 2019
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‘Don’t be too optimistic’: Huawei employees fret at US ban

  • This week Google, whose Android operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said it would cut ties with Huawei
  • Another critical partner, ARM Holdings, said it was complying with the US restrictions

BEIJING: While Huawei’s founder brushes aside a US ban against his company, the telecom giant’s employees have been less sanguine, confessing fears for their future in online chat rooms.
Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei declared this week the company has a hoard of microchips and the ability to make its own in order to withstand a potentially crippling US ban on using American components and software in its products.
“If you really want to know what’s going on with us, you can visit our Xinsheng Community,” Ren told Chinese media, alluding to Huawei’s internal forum partially open to viewers outside the company.
But a peek into Xinsheng shows his words have not reassured everyone within the Shenzhen-based company.
“During difficult times, what should we do as individuals?” posted an employee under the handle Xiao Feng on Thursday.
“At home reduce your debts and maintain enough cash,” Xiao Feng wrote.
“Make a plan for your financial assets and don’t be overly optimistic about your remuneration and income.”
This week Google, whose Android operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said it would cut ties with Huawei as a result of the ban.
Another critical partner, ARM Holdings — a British designer of semiconductors owned by Japanese group Softbank — said it was complying with the US restrictions.
“On its own Huawei can’t resolve this problem, we need to seek support from government policy,” one unnamed employee wrote last week, in a post that received dozens of likes and replies.
The employee outlined a plan for China to block off its smartphone market from all American components much in the same way Beijing fostered its Internet tech giants behind a “Great Firewall” that keeps out Google, Facebook, Twitter and dozens of other foreign companies.
“Our domestic market is big enough, we can use this opportunity to build up domestic suppliers and our ecosystem,” the employee wrote.
For his part, Ren advocated the opposite response in his interview with Chinese media.
“We should not promote populism; populism is detrimental to the country,” he said, noting that his family uses Apple products.
Other employees strategized ways to circumvent the US ban.
One advocated turning to Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Taobao to buy the needed components. Another dangled the prospect of setting up dozens of new companies to make purchases from US suppliers.
Many denounced the US and proposed China ban McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and all-American movies and TV shows.
“First time posting under my real name: we must do our jobs well, advance and retreat with our company,” said an employee named Xu Jin.
The tech ban caps months of US effort to isolate Huawei, whose equipment Washington fears could be used as a Trojan horse by Chinese intelligence services.
Still, last week Trump indicated he was willing to include a fix for Huawei in a trade deal that the two economic giants have struggled to seal and US officials issued a 90-day reprieve on the ban.
In Xinsheng, an employee with the handle Youxin lamented: “I want to advance and retreat alongside the company, but then my boss told me to pack up and go,” followed by two sad-face emoticons.