Prince Alwaleed announces SR1bn deal with music streaming service Deezer

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal described the Deezer share purchase as a 'premium investment'. (File photo Reuters)
Updated 02 August 2018
0

Prince Alwaleed announces SR1bn deal with music streaming service Deezer

  • Shares will be bought through Prince Alwaleed’s Kingdom Holding investment company and Rotana Group
  • Deezer is a Dutch music streaming service with 53 million available tracks

LONDON: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced on Thursday a SR1 billion ($267 million) deal to buy newly issued shares in the Dutch music streaming service Deezer.

The shares will be bought through Prince Alwaleed’s Kingdom Holding investment company and Rotana Group, the entertainment company owned by the businessman.

Rotana and Deezer also signed an exclusive long-term agreement to distribute Rotana’s popular audio and video content in the Middle East and North Africa, the Kingdom Holding statement said.

“The investment of Kingdom Holding and Rotana Group in Deezer represents one of the many premium investments that we have always sought for our shareholders and the signing of this distribution agreement will move Rotana to the international arena,”   Prince Alwaleed said.

Deezer says it provides one of the largest and most diverse music streaming services with 53 million tracks available to 14 million active users a month.

Prince Alwaleed has investments in a number of international companies including Citigroup Inc and Twitter.


World’s biggest sovereign fund worried about trade wars

Updated 21 August 2018
0

World’s biggest sovereign fund worried about trade wars

  • The fund posted a positive return of 1.8 percent, or 167 billion kroner ($19.8 billion), in the second quarter
  • Markets are worried about a trade dispute between the United States and China

OSLO: The managers of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, expressed concern Tuesday about global trade tensions, which could heavily impact its value.
The fund posted a positive return of 1.8 percent, or 167 billion kroner ($19.8 billion), in the second quarter, helping erase a loss of 171 billion kroner in January-March that was attributed to a volatile stock market.
The Government Pension Fund Global, which saw its total value swell to 8.33 trillion kroner by the end of June, manages the country’s oil revenues in order to finance Norway’s generous welfare state when its oil and gas wells run dry.
But Norway’s central bank, which runs the fund, said geopolitical and trade tensions presented a risk.
“It’s fair to say that increased trade barriers or even trade wars will not be beneficial for the fund as a long-term global investor,” Trond Grande, the deputy chief of Norges Bank Investment Management, told reporters.
Markets are worried about a trade dispute between the United States and China. Accusing Beijing of unfair competition, the US administration is considering slapping a new round of levies worth $200 billion on Chinese goods.
Talks between the two slated for Wednesday and Thursday aimed at resolving the dispute have however eased concerns somewhat.
Following US-Turkey tensions that sent the Turkish lira and the Istanbul stock market tumbling, the Norwegian fund said its assets there were worth less than the 23 billion kroner they were at the beginning of the year.
“We’ve seen the market rise for a long time, that there are different political and geopolitical events in the world that can affect the market, and we have to be prepared for the fact that (the value of) the fund can go down a lot,” Grande concluded.
The fund’s strong second quarter was attributed primarily to its share portfolio, which accounts for 66.8 percent of its investments and which rose by 2.7 percent.
Real estate holdings, which account for 2.6 percent of its holdings, rose by 1.9 percent, while bond investments, which represent 30.6 percent, remained flat.
Faced with falling oil revenues in recent years, the Norwegian government has been tapping the fund to finance public spending since 2015. But with oil prices recovering, the fund registered its first inflow in three years in June.