Renault sales growth falters on Asia setbacks

Sales tumbled almost one-third in the price-sensitive Indian market, Renault said. (Reuters)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Renault sales growth falters on Asia setbacks

PARIS: Renault said revenue rose by a smaller-than-expected 0.2 percent in the first quarter, as the French carmaker suffered sales setbacks in India, China and South Korea, compounded by the effects of a stronger euro.
Revenue advanced to €13.16 billion, Renault said on Friday, well short of the €13.77 billion expected by analysts, according to an Inquiry Financial poll.
Sales in key growth markets showed a “mixed situation” in the quarter, added the French company.
While Europe and Russia showed solid gains, a spokeswoman said, sales tumbled almost one-third in the price-sensitive Indian market, where the Kwid mini-SUV’s early success has given way to rapid decline and the larger Captur subcompact is struggling to make inroads.
China registrations fell 16.8 percent amid a continuing slump in sales for the recently consolidated Jinbei and Huasong commercial vehicle brands, acquired through a joint venture with Chinese carmaker Brilliance.
Sales by South Korean unit Renault Samsung Motors fell more than a quarter.
The stronger euro cut automotive revenue by 4.8 percent or €575 million, weakening the value of overseas sales. The overall increase in sales volume contributed €275 million to revenue growth, and pricing improvements another €140 million.
Renault reiterated its 2018 market outlook and earnings guidance.


Maalem Financing raises $26m in debut sukuk

Updated 17 October 2018
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Maalem Financing raises $26m in debut sukuk

  • The sukuk from Maalem, a shariah-compliant commercial and consumer financing firm, is a small but novel deal
  • The three-year unsubordinated deal was sold through a private placement and Maalem could tap the market again

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Maalem Financing has raised SR100 million ($26.6 million) from a debut sale of Islamic bonds, or sukuk, as the firm seeks to develop a crowdfunding product and expand its operations, a senior executive said on Tuesday.
The sukuk from Maalem, a shariah-compliant commercial and consumer financing firm, is a small but novel deal in a market that is dominated by issuance from sovereign institutions and Islamic banks.
The three-year unsubordinated deal was sold through a private placement and Maalem could tap the market again as early as January next year, said John Sandwick, a member of Maalem’s board of directors.
“The program is for SR500 million and with 3.6 times oversubscription, there seems to be a lot of demand,” he said.
Additional sales of sukuk aimed to raise between SR100 million and SR200 million, depending on market conditions, he said, adding that Maalem may consider a dollar-denominated sukuk issuance at a later stage.
The debut transaction used a structure known as murabaha, a cost-plus-profit arrangement commonly used in Saudi Arabia. The firm hoped to use an asset-backed structure for future deals, Sandwick said.
Established in 2009, Maalem received regulatory approval to operate as a non-real estate finance company in 2016 and increased its capital in 2017 to SR150 million.
The company plans to open several regional offices by the end of 2018 and is awaiting regulatory approval for a crowdfunding license, Sandwick said.
Crowdfunding enables startup firms to collect small sums of money from many individuals as an alternative to bank loans.
Albilad Capital, the investment banking unit of Bank Albilad, served as sole lead manager and arranger of the sukuk.