SAGIA grants Pfizer 100% ownership of KSA business

Updated 29 July 2016

SAGIA grants Pfizer 100% ownership of KSA business

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) granted the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. 100 percent ownership of its business in the Kingdom to, among other things, import, export and trade in products, permitting a supply of quality innovative and essential medicines directly to the Saudi market.
The new license is effective immediately.
Majid Al-Qassabi, minister of commerce and investment, and chairman of SAGIA’s board of directors, said: “As one of the international companies investing in the Kingdom, Pfizer has been granted a trading license with 100 percent ownership, a step that will contribute to the expansion of its activities for the Saudization of the pharmaceutical industry in Saudi Arabia.
"The company proposed a distinct action plan for future projects and the Saudi government looks forward to providing Pfizer with the support it needs, as part of an effective partnership between the public and the private sector in order to achieve the development goals of the Kingdom, which are crystallized by Vision 2030, and part of which aims to enhance the role of the private sector in the Saudi economy.”
Pfizer plans to open in 2017 a facility in the King Abdullah Economic City to manufacture 16 of its leading medicines.
The trading license will also allow the company to consider many other investment projects aimed at advancing the health care goals of the National Transformation Program (NTP 2020), which is the first phase of Vision 2030, spearheaded by the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) chaired by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
John Young, group president, Pfizer Essential Health, said: “We are honored to be one of the first companies to receive fast-track approval of a trading license.
"This is yet another step in our long-term commitment to the Kingdom and a reflection of our shared commitment, with the government, to provide a continued reliable supply of innovative and essential medicines to Saudi patients.”
He underlined that Pfizer’s obtaining the trading license from the SAGIA demonstrates the shared commitment to developing the Kingdom’s healthcare market.
“Pfizer Inc. has set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of healthcare products and its global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's best-known consumer healthcare products,” said Young.


Gulf Marine CEO quits after review sparks profit warning

Updated 34 min 38 sec ago

Gulf Marine CEO quits after review sparks profit warning

  • Tensions in the Arabian Gulf, a worrisome global growth outlook and uncertainty over oil prices have recently dampened investor confidence

DUBAI: Gulf Marine Services said on Wednesday Chief Executive Officer Duncan Anderson has resigned as the oilfield industry contractor warned a reassessment of its ships and contracts showed profit would fall this year, kicking its shares 12 percent down.

The Abu Dhabi-based offshore services specialist said a review by new finance chief Stephen Kersley of its large E-class vessels operating in Northwest Europe and the Middle East pointed to 2019 core earnings of between $45 million and $48 million, below $58 million that it reported last year.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Anderson, who has served as CEO for 12 years, was asked to step down. Anderson could not be reached for comment.

The company, which in the past predominantly operated in the UAE, expanded operations and deployed large vessels in the North Sea and Saudi Arabia nine years ago and listed its shares in London in 2014.

Tensions in the Arabian Gulf, a worrisome global growth outlook and uncertainty over oil prices have recently dampened investor confidence.

The North Sea has seen a revival in production in recent years due to new fields coming on line and improved performance by operators following the 2014 oil price collapse.

Still, the basin’s production is expected to decline over the next decade, according to Britain’s Oil and Gas Authority.

“(The CFO’s) review has coincided with a pause in renewables-related self-propelled self-elevating support vessels activity in the North Sea, which will impact several of the higher day-rate E-Class vessels,” Investec wrote in a note.

Gulf Marine appointed industry veteran Kersley as chief financial officer in late May as it sought to halt a slide which has seen the company’s shares fall nearly 80 percent last year and another 23 percent so far this year.

The company said market conditions remained challenging and that it was still in talks with its financial advisors regarding a new capital structure.

“Management, the new board and the group’s advisors, have been in negotiation with the group’s banks on resetting its capital structure and progress has been made,” it said in a statement.

Last year, Gulf Marine said contracts were delayed into 2019 as the company was seen to be in breach of certain banking covenants at the end of 2018.

The company said it was still in talks with its banks and individual lenders with hopes of getting a waiver or an agreement to amend the concerned covenants.