Bahrain’s Arcapita buys US student-housing properties

Bahrain’s Arcapita buys US student-housing properties
Clemson Lofts is a 640-bed student-housing property located approximately one mile away from Clemson University. (Supplied)
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Updated 01 February 2021

Bahrain’s Arcapita buys US student-housing properties

Bahrain’s Arcapita buys US student-housing properties
  • The Clemson Lofts deal follows the recent acquisition of Quarry Trail, a student-housing property at the University of Tennessee

Bahrain-based investment firm Arcapita Group Holdings on Monday announced the acquisition of a student-housing property at Clemson University in South Carolina, part of its growing portfolio of such projects in the US.

The Clemson Lofts deal follows the recent acquisition of Quarry Trail, a student-housing property at the University of Tennessee.

Both deals were valued at $120 million and bring to around 1,500 the number of student-housing beds under Arcapita’s ownership.

Clemson Lofts is a 640-bed student-housing property located approximately one mile away from Clemson University, the second-largest university in South Carolina. It currently has an average occupancy rate of 99 percent.

Quarry Trail, an 840-bed student-housing unit in Knoxville, was bought by Arcapita in January last year.

Brian Hebb, managing director at Arcapita, said in a press statement: “These acquisitions mark our foray into US student housing — a rental housing subsector with great potential. We target assets that serve large public universities with undergraduate enrollment of over 10,000 students and are located approximately one to three miles away from campus.”

Martin Tan, chief investment officer at Arcapita, added: “With over 20 million university students and less than 1 million purpose-built student-housing beds, the US student-housing industry is in its early stages of supply and has the potential for considerable growth. We look forward to working closely with our operating partners to build a sizable and diversified student-housing portfolio across the US.”

Arcapita has offices in Atlanta, London and Singapore and an affiliated office in Bahrain. Over the last 24 years, it has recorded over 90 investments with a total transaction value in excess of $30 billion.


Italy’s Enel to launch renewable power project in Australia

Italy’s Enel to launch renewable power project in Australia
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Italy’s Enel to launch renewable power project in Australia

Italy’s Enel to launch renewable power project in Australia

RIYADH: Enel SpA is the latest European energy giant to announce plans to expand its renewable electricity sales in Australia. 

The Rome-based company will launch a “greentailer” offering 100 percent renewable power to help customers meet sustainability objectives, Bloomberg reported citing a statement by Enel.

The offering initially targets commercial and industrial users but plans to expand to residential users.

This will happen after Enel is issued a retail license this week by the Australian Energy Regulator, the statement said.

The move comes less than a month after the Royal Dutch Shell bought one of Australia’s largest household providers of renewable power.

Enel plans to switch from coal by 2027 and gas by 2040, toward clean energy. It already has 55 GW of renewable energy in its 90-GW global portfolio, Bloomberg said.


Egyptian business sector debt dropped by 77% in 3 years

Egyptian business sector debt dropped by 77% in 3 years
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Updated 06 December 2021

Egyptian business sector debt dropped by 77% in 3 years

Egyptian business sector debt dropped by 77% in 3 years

RIYADH: Companies in the Egyptian business sector have managed to decrease their debts by a notable 77 percent in three years.

Hisham Tawfik, minister of Public Business Sector said the debts dropped from 44 billion Egyptian pounds ($2.8 billion) to 10 billion Egyptian pounds, with the remainder mostly consisting of taxes.

Tawfik said that a settlement had been reached on the debt with only taxes outstanding.

He added that the original value of the debt in 2018 also included costs such as electricity and petroleum. 


Oil gains after Saudi price hike indicating confidence in the demand outlook

Oil gains after Saudi price hike indicating confidence in the demand outlook
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Updated 06 December 2021

Oil gains after Saudi price hike indicating confidence in the demand outlook

Oil gains after Saudi price hike indicating confidence in the demand outlook
  • The price hikes were implemented just days after OPEC+ had agreed to boost output in January

RIYADH: Oil prices rose after top exporter Saudi Arabia raised prices for its crude sold to Asia and the US, shrugging off worries around the omicron variant and suggesting confidence in the demand outlook. 

Bloomberg reported that oil giant, Saudi Aramco, raised its key Arab Light grade for customers in Asia by 60 cents from December to $3.30 a barrel above a benchmark, according to a statement.

The price hikes were implemented just days after OPEC+ had agreed to boost output in January.

"The Saudi move to increase pricing is driving the market,” said Warren Patterson, Singapore-based head of commodities strategy at ING Groep NV.

“A bit of an odd move, given the supply hike in January, the omicron uncertainty and the expectation of a better supplied market in the first quarter of 2022.”


US’s Lockheed Martin to design NASA space station

US’s Lockheed Martin to design NASA space station
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Updated 06 December 2021

US’s Lockheed Martin to design NASA space station

US’s Lockheed Martin to design NASA space station
  • The company will be working on the Starlab project along with Nanoracks and Voyager Space

RIYADH: Lockheed Martin, the US-based aerospace company has confirmed it is one of three partners awarded a $160 million contract by NASA. 

As per the contract, the company is to design NASA’s Starlab commercial space station as part of the US agency’s Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development program, Cobb County Courier reported. 

The company will be working on the Starlab project along with Nanoracks and Voyager Space. 

“Starlab is the confluence of Lockheed Martin’s rich space expertise and history, Nanoracks’ innovation, and Voyager’s financial savvy,” said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager at Lockheed Martin.

“This team is equipped to aid NASA on its mission to expand access to LEO and to enable a transformative commercial space economy,” she added. 

Last month, the company appointed Robert Lightfoot as the new executive vice president of the Space business area as of Jan.1 2022. 


China’s economy expected to grow 5.3 percent in 2022, says govt think tank

China’s economy expected to grow 5.3 percent in 2022, says govt think tank
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Updated 06 December 2021

China’s economy expected to grow 5.3 percent in 2022, says govt think tank

China’s economy expected to grow 5.3 percent in 2022, says govt think tank
  • The world’s second-largest economy is expected to have expanded by about 8 percent this year

China’s economy expected to grow 5.3 percent in 2022, says govt think tank

China’s economy is expected to grow around 5.3 percent in 2022, bringing the average annual growth rate forecast for 2020-2022 to 5.2 percent, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), a top government think tank, said on Monday.


Advisers to the government will recommend that authorities set a 2022 economic growth target lower than the target set for 2021 of “above 6 percent,” Reuters reported, amid growing headwinds from a property downturn, weakening exports and strict COVID-19 curbs that have impeded consumption.


The world’s second-largest economy is expected to have expanded by about 8 percent this year, according to the annual blue book on the economy from CASS.

The think tank warned that the property downturn was likely to persist and weigh on the expenditures of local governments next year.


It urged the central government to proactively engineer a soft landing for the property sector, to avoid failed land auctions in big cities and to fend off risks of quickly falling property prices in smaller cities, the report said.