Britain and Saudi agree $90 billion trade deal

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman meets British PM Theresa May (SPA)
Updated 08 March 2018
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Britain and Saudi agree $90 billion trade deal

DIUBAI: Britain and Saudi Arabia set out an ambition to build £65 billion ($90.29 billion) of trade and investment ties in coming years, the prime minister’s office said on Wednesday, calling the agreement a vote of confidence in the British economy ahead of Brexit.
“The meeting agreed a landmark ambition for around £65 billion of mutual trade and investment opportunities over the coming years, including direct investment in the UK and new Saudi public procurement with UK companies,” a spokeswoman from Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said in a statement.
“This is a significant boost for UK prosperity and a clear demonstration of the strong international confidence in our economy as we prepare to leave the European Union.”
Prime Minister Theresa May discussed bilateral relations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
The meeting at 10 Downing Street was preceded by a meeting with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham palace.
In a statement the Saudi delegation said the Kingdom was an important destination for British companies.
“There are almost 200 joint ventures that are currently valued at £11.5 billion, including the British bank HSBC and Marks & Spencer and Jaguar Land Rover.”
The statement explained that Saudi Arabia was one of the world’s 20 largest economies and that it also had the third fastest growing market in British exports and imports.
“The Kingdom hopes that British companies will be able to take advantage of the profound changes that occur after the completion of Britain’s exit from the European Union negotiations.”
The statement added that British trade relations and Saudi Arabia exceeded £2.3 billion in the past five years.
Furthermore, the statement added – trade in goods and services in 2016 was estimated as being worth £9 billion.
The statement added that Britain faced “huge opportunities” in the post-Brexit era.
“After Britain’s exit from the European Union, there will be huge opportunities for Britain as a result of the 2030 vision,” the statement explained.


NMC Health raises full-year core earnings forecast

Updated 22 October 2018
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NMC Health raises full-year core earnings forecast

  • UAE-based NMC Health has operations across 17 countries
  • Revenue for 2019 will increase by between 22 and 24 percent

DUBAI: UAE-based health care provider NMC Health on Monday raised its full-year core earnings and revenue forecasts, citing strong organic growth, and said it remained confident in achieving its longer-term margin guidance.
The company raised its core earnings forecast by 3.2 percent to $480 million for the year and said it expected revenue to grow 24 percent, 2 percentage points more than its previous expectation.
“2019 guidance will also point toward continuation of strong organic growth on the back of a sustained ramp-up at key facilities, integration and expansion of acquired entities, as well as a strong operational performance,” the company said.
The company, the leading private health care operator in the Gulf, is benefiting from growing demand in the health care sector due to an increasingly wealthy population that is becoming more susceptible to lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
NMC Health, which has operations across 17 countries, said during 2019 management anticipated the opening of new greenfield facilities, particularly in the UAE, the expansion of facilities across different countries and the consolidation of Aspen Healthcare, which NMC Health acquired earlier this year.
Revenue for 2019 will increase by between 22 and 24 percent, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization were expected to grow by 18 to 20 percent during 2019, it said, adding that the guidance did not include the effects of implementation of IFRS 16, or the impact of the anticipated financial consolidation of National Medical Care Company.