Three petchem firms capture 89% of sector profits in 2013

Updated 20 May 2014
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Three petchem firms capture 89% of sector profits in 2013

Profits of the listed petrochemical firms grew by 3 percent by the end of 2013 to reach SR34.77 billion compared to SR33.9 billion in 2012, according to a financial report.
Three out of 14 listed firms captured 89 percent of sector profits in 2013. Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) alone contributed 72 percent of the sector overall profits or 24 percent of all listed companies, the report prepared by Al-Eqtesadiah daily, said.
Shares of Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company (SAFCO) and Yanbu National Petrochemical Company (Yansab) stood at 9 percent and 8 percent, respectively, the report said.
Profits of petrochemical sector represented 34 percent of the profits of the listed companies, which reached SR103 billion in 2013 compared to 35 percent in 2012 (SR96.6 billion), the report said.
Meanwhile, profits of Q4, 2013 of the sector grew by 27 percent to reach SR9.8 billion compared to SR7.7 billion in Q4, 2012, which was the highest since Q3 of 2011 (SR11.2 billion), according to the report.
Nine firms have positively contributed to the profit growth of the sector in 2013 while the position of the remaining five firms was negative, the report said.
SABIC came top of the positive players in profits growth of the petrochemical sector at 52 percent where its profits grew by 2 percent to SR25.2 billion in 2013 compared to SR24.8 billion in 2012, followed by Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company (Saudi Kayan) at 49 percent as its losses dropped by 55 percent to SR346 million in 2013 compared to SR772 million in 2012, Petrochem at 46 percent where the company curtailed losses by 86 percent to SR66 million compared to SR464 million in 2012, the report said.
On the other hand, Sahara Petrochemicals increased its profits by 183 percent to SR579 million in 2013 compared to SR204 million in 2012. Five other companies have positively contributed to the profit growth of the sector - Advanced, Yansab, Saudi Group, Luann and Spechem at 26 percent, 23 percent, 20 percent, 7 percent and 2 percent, respectively, the report added.
In the meantime, profits of Safco dropped by 18 percent in 2013 to SR3.2 billion compared to SR3.9 billion in 2012. Likewise, profits of Tasnee shrank by 33 percent to SR1.2 billion compared to SR1.8 billion in 2012, and PetroRabigh has its profits dropped by 27 percent to SR359 million compared to SR489 million in 2012, the report said.


Asian stocks hit as Trump drops Kim summit but losses tempered

A man walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Friday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Updated 25 May 2018
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Asian stocks hit as Trump drops Kim summit but losses tempered

  • Traders had already been nervous in recent days after the US president warned he could pull out of the June 12 meeting with the North Korean leader, while also voicing his displeasure at a deal to avert a trade war with China.
  • In a letter released by the White House, Trump told Kim he was canceling the summit because of North Korea’s “anger” and “hostility.”

HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly fell on Friday as Donald Trump shocked the world by pulling out of next month’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un, though analysts said the losses were tempered by hopes the talks can be rekindled.
Traders had already been nervous in recent days after the US president warned he could pull out of the June 12 meeting with the North Korean leader, while also voicing his displeasure at a deal to avert a trade war with China and threaten tariffs on car imports.
The news Thursday took many by surprise — including North and South Korean officials — and fueled concerns about the future of a rapprochement that has had many hoping for peace on the divided peninsula.
In a letter released by the White House, Trump told Kim he was canceling the summit because of North Korea’s “anger” and “hostility.” The message came after a key aide to Kim hit out at comments from Vice President Mike Pence, saying they were “ignorant and stupid” and warning the talks could be canceled.
However, Trump’s letter added that the talks could still go ahead “at a later date.”
For its part, Pyongyang said the decision “unexpected” and “regrettable” but added: “We again state to the US our willingness to sit face-to-face at any time in any form to resolve the problem.”
“It looks like we are back to fire and fury as the modus operandi for the White House again after President Trump (threatened) a new 25 percent car import tariff and canceled the summit with North Korea,” said Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at AxiTrader.
“Not only was the summit canceled but it was back to threatening the DPRK with a military response.”Wall Street ended lower, while Asian trading was muted. Tokyo ended the morning slightly higher, while Hong Kong slipped 0.3 percent and Shanghai was barely moved. Sydney and Singapore each fell 0.1 percent while Seoul was 0.2 percent lower.
Manila and Kuala Lumpur also fell but Wellington, Taipei and Jakarta were in positive territory.
While warning the issue remained fragile, analysts said there was still hope the meeting will go ahead.
“As we’ve seen countless times before, the president tends to walk back some of his more boisterous rhetoric time and time again,” said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA.
“While the US and their allies have offered a way to prosperity for North Korea, it was never going to come without some significant concession on the nuclear non-proliferation front.”
And Eli Lee, Bank of Singapore’s head of investment strategy, added: “Given the US’ surprising acceptance of the meeting only in March, the cancelation... may simply be due to the fact that both sides need simply more time for preparation and to find a middle ground in terms of their demands.”
On oil markets, both main contracts extended Thursday’s more than one percent losses after Russia said an agreement with OPEC to cap production — which has provided support to prices in recent years — could be up for revision at a meeting next month .
The comments from Energy Minister Alexander Novak dented a rally in the commodity, which has hit three-and-a-half-year highs on the back of improving demand and supply worries from Venezuela and Iran.

Tokyo — Nikkei 225: UP 0.1 percent at 22,457.20 (break)
Hong Kong — Hang Seng: DOWN 0.3 percent at 30,666.38
Shanghai — Composite: FLAT at 3,154.04
Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1705 from $1.1725 at 2100 GMT
Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.3364 from $1.3385
Dollar/yen: UP at 109.53 from 109.30 yen
Oil — West Texas Intermediate: DOWN nine cents at $70.62
Oil — Brent North Sea: DOWN 12 cents at $78.67
New York — Dow: DOWN 0.3 percent at 24,811.76 (close)
London — FTSE 100: DOWN 0.9 percent at 7,716.74 (close)