Bahrain will likely need further Gulf financial support

Bahrain will likely need further Gulf financial support
World Trade Center skyscraper and skyline of Manama City. November 14, 2015 in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 25 January 2021

Bahrain will likely need further Gulf financial support

Bahrain will likely need further Gulf financial support

DUBAI: Bahrain will likely need further financial support from its Gulf neighbors despite reform measures, Fitch Ratings’ lead Bahrain analyst Toby Iles said on Monday.
Iles said Bahrain, a small oil producer, was likely to likely need the support from 2023 onwards and cited Fitch’s oil price assumption.
In 2018, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait came to Bahrain’s aid with a five-year zero-interest $10.25 billion package to help it avoid a credit crunch.


16 more fintech firms enter Saudi market in Q3 of 2021

16 more fintech firms enter Saudi market in Q3 of 2021
Updated 15 sec ago

16 more fintech firms enter Saudi market in Q3 of 2021

16 more fintech firms enter Saudi market in Q3 of 2021

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia issued licenses to 16 fintech companies in the third quarter of 2021, Sabq quoted Saudi Central Bank governor as saying at an event on Monday.

Fahad Almubarak said 13 of those companies work in the field of payments and electronic wallets, and three firms are engaged in insurance and finance sector.

Saudi Arabia witnessed a 37 percent rise in the number of fintech firms entering the market and also recorded an increase in venture capital investments that exceeded SR680 million ($181 million).

Capital Market Authority chairman Mohammed Elkuwaiz said fintech companies develop technical ideas that challenge the current situation, which has an added value because it offers a product that did not exist before, Sabq paper reported.

Fintech in Saudi Arabia has competitive advantages over other countries, and 90 percent of transactions in the Saudi financial market are automated and have been conducted electronically for more than 10 years, Argaam reported.


Chinese developers to face $1.3bn of bond payments in December

Chinese developers to face $1.3bn of bond payments in December
Updated 14 min 43 sec ago

Chinese developers to face $1.3bn of bond payments in December

Chinese developers to face $1.3bn of bond payments in December

RIYADH: China’s developers face around $1.3 billion of bond payments in December, following a month of investors’ sentiment stabilising toward the property sector.

In November, the total bond payments was $2 billion, with no defaults reported, according to Bloomberg. 

Investors' scrutiny regarding principal and interest payments lingers as the cash crisis hits the real estate industry. 

China’s Evergrande group unit and Kaisa group’s grace periods are ending by mid-December on coupons of a total of $171 million. 


SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021

SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021
Updated 20 min 47 sec ago

SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021

SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021

RIYADH/MOSCOW: Annual growth in total credit provided to small and medium enterprises by Saudi banks slowed in the third quarter of 2021 to 12.9 percent from 25.3 percent in the previous quarter, the Saudi Central Bank report issued on Sunday showed.
Loans given to SMEs reached SR186.2 billion ($49.6 billion) in the third quarter of 2021 compared to SR165 billion in the same quarter a year ago.
A descending trend in quarterly growth rates has also been observed as the value of SME lending increased by just 0.8 percent in the third quarter of 2021, the lowest quarterly rate of growth recorded since the fourth quarter of 2019.
In addition, lending to SMEs from finance companies totaled SR14.2 billion in the third quarter of 2021 compared to SR13.5 billion in the previous quarter. It was also higher than last year’s SR10.8 billion in the same period.


Indian crypto unicorn plans IPO

Indian crypto unicorn plans IPO
Updated 26 min 20 sec ago

Indian crypto unicorn plans IPO

Indian crypto unicorn plans IPO

RIYADH: India's first unicorn cryptocurrency, CoinDCX, plans to list on the stock market  as soon as government regulations allow.

The share sale will be a major vote of confidence in India's digital asset industry, similar to the Coinbase listing earlier this year, co-founder Neeraj Khandelwal said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

“As soon as the government or wider situation allows us, we will try for an IPO (initial public offering),” he said.

“An IPO gives legitimacy to the industry, just like the Coinbase IPO gave a lot of confidence in the crypto markets. Similarly we want to instill a similar level of confidence with an IPO of CoinDCX.”

Khandelwal said the company will decide an exact timeline depending on the incoming government regulations.

“We certainly will look at that in order to grow the industry further,” he added.


TASI closes 0.2% higher at 10,811 points

TASI closes 0.2% higher at 10,811 points
Updated 48 min 26 sec ago

TASI closes 0.2% higher at 10,811 points

TASI closes 0.2% higher at 10,811 points

RIYADH: The Saudi stock market ended the session on Monday up 0.2 percent, or 23 points, to close at 10,811 points.

Some 189 million shares changed hands in 355,000 deals, with heavy trading in Al Rajhi bank, Alinma Bank, SABIC. 

Saudi Enaya and Amana Insurance were among the top gainers.

Saudi Kayan, Advanced and Petrochem also rose by between 3 and 6 percent. 

The market's increase today was also influenced by a 0.9 percent rise in Al Rajhi bank shares, while Riyad bank rose by 1.9 percent to SR135 ($36). SABIC Agri-Nutrients was up by 4.45 percent. 

Baazeem and Maadaniyah were the top fallers, losing more than 6 percent.

Saudi Basic Industries declined 1 percent to close at SR111.20.

Savola, Almarai, eXtra and Al Kathiri fell between 1 and 3 percent.

Qassim Cement closed at SR77.90, down 1 percent after the end of the eligibility for cash dividends.

The parallel Nomu index was down 42.3 points, or 0.19 percent, closing at 22,331.94 points after traded 2.7 million shares.