Amiantit says East Gas began Nomu listing measures

Amiantit says East Gas began Nomu listing measures
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Updated 18 November 2021

Amiantit says East Gas began Nomu listing measures

Amiantit says East Gas began Nomu listing measures
  • GASCO owns 35 percent stake in East Gas while Saudi paper holds a 26 percent stake, according to Argaam. 

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Amiantit Co. announced East Gas Company's (EGC) approval to list the company on Nomu Parallel Market.

Arbah Capital was appointed as financial advisor for the process, Amiantit, which holds a 13 percent stake in EGC, announced in a bourse filing on Thursday.

GASCO owns 35 percent stake in East Gas while Saudi paper holds a 26 percent stake, according to Argaam. 

Applying for listing is subject to the approvals of the regulatory authorities in Saudi Arabia, including the Capital Market Authority (CMA), the Saudi Exchange (Tadawul), and the Ministry of Commerce.


NADEC consortium completes Second Milling Company acquisition

NADEC consortium completes Second Milling Company acquisition
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NADEC consortium completes Second Milling Company acquisition

NADEC consortium completes Second Milling Company acquisition
  • All assets of the Second Milling Company were transferred to the Food Security Holding Company

RIYADH: The National Agricultural Development Company, NADEC completed the acquisition of Second Milling Company in Riyadh.

NADEC was part of a consortium with Olam International Group, Al Rajhi International Investment Company Ajlan & Bros Company, according to a bourse filing,

All assets of the Second Milling Company were transferred to the Food Security Holding Company, a limited liability company, the company said in a statement on the Saudi Stock Exchange.

This comes as the Kingdom is accelerating plans to privatize key infrastructure.


NADEC owns a 10 percent minority stake with liability in an agreement governing its purchase of specific products from the Second Milling Company.

NADEC will also provide management, marketing and support services to the Second Milling Company.


Egyptian fintech Raseedi raises $850k in pre-Series A round

Egyptian fintech Raseedi raises $850k in pre-Series A round
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Egyptian fintech Raseedi raises $850k in pre-Series A round

Egyptian fintech Raseedi raises $850k in pre-Series A round

RIYADH: Raseedi has secured $850,000 in a pre-Series A round from the Japanese venture capital firm Samurai Incubate and an European investor, Wamda reported. 

The Cairo-based fintech, founded in 2018, helps dual SIM smartphone users in Egypt to optimize their telecom spending through its mobile app. 

“We’ve always been a super lean tech startup. We only spend on people and tech, never on assets or operations. Our goal is to create this daily product that relies completely on technology with zero dependency on any on-ground operation,” Raseedi’s co-founder and Chief Operations Officer Samuel Samy said. 

“It’s been going great for us with 13,000 reviews of 4.3 stars on the Google Play store, yet the bigger challenge comes with our next scaling milestone, 100 million monthly visits from 1m monthly active users,” he added. 


S&P Global introduces a new national credit rating scale for Saudi Arabia

S&P Global introduces a new national credit rating scale for Saudi Arabia
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S&P Global introduces a new national credit rating scale for Saudi Arabia

S&P Global introduces a new national credit rating scale for Saudi Arabia

S&P Global Ratings has established a national credit rating scale for Saudi Arabia in response to a growing interest in the Kingdom’s local currency debt markets.

The new assessment scheme will help identify the creditworthiness of local loan takers, and comes as Saudi Arabia pursues policies of economic diversification and private sector strengthening as part of Vision 2030.

The agency said the rating scale will be complementary to the one used globally, with the methodology “generally the same” as the international-focused system.

The highest rating in the Saudi scale is ksaAAA, equivalent to ‘A- and above’ in the global scale, and reflects “extremely strong capacity to meet [...] financial commitments relative to that of other national obligors.”


Oil rises 1 percent ahead of OPEC meeting under Omicron cloud

Oil rises 1 percent ahead of OPEC meeting under Omicron cloud
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Oil rises 1 percent ahead of OPEC meeting under Omicron cloud

Oil rises 1 percent ahead of OPEC meeting under Omicron cloud
  • A Reuters survey found OPEC pumped 27.74 million bpd in November, up 220,000 bpd from the previous month

Oil prices clawed back some losses on Wednesday after steep falls in the previous session, as major producers prepared to discuss how to respond to the threat of a hit to fuel demand from the Omicron variant.


US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 78 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $66.96 a barrel at 0122 GMT, after a 5.4 percent drop on Tuesday.


Brent crude futures gained $1.01, or 1.5 percent, to $70.24 a barrel, after a 3.9 percent slump on Tuesday.


The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet on Wednesday after 1300 GMT ahead of a meeting on Thursday of OPEC+, which includes OPEC and allies including Russia.


While some analysts expect OPEC+ will pause plans to add 400,000 barrels per day of supply in January in light of the potential hit to demand from travel curbs to rein in the spread of the Omicron variant, several OPEC+ ministers have said there was no need to change course.


“The market continues to look for signs of any impact of Omicron on demand,” ANZ Research commodity analysts said in a note.


Even if OPEC+ agrees to go ahead with its planned supply increase in January, producers may struggle to add that much.


A Reuters survey found OPEC pumped 27.74 million bpd in November, up 220,000 bpd from the previous month, but that was below the 254,000 bpd increase allowed for OPEC members under the OPEC+ agreement.


In a bearish sign on demand, data from the American Petroleum Institute industry group showed US crude stocks fell by 747,000 barrels in the week ended Nov. 26, according to market sources, which was a smaller decline than expected.


Ten analysts polled by Reuters were expecting crude stockpiles to fall by about 1.2 million barrels.


At the same time, gasoline inventories rose by 2.2 million barrels compared with analysts’ forecasts for no change, while distillate stocks rose by 789,000 barrels, which was a bigger build than analysts had expected.


VW expects battery, raw material drive to cost up to $34bn

VW expects battery, raw material drive to cost up to $34bn
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VW expects battery, raw material drive to cost up to $34bn

VW expects battery, raw material drive to cost up to $34bn
  • Schmall is overseeing Volkswagen’s ambitious plan to build six large battery cell plants in Europe by the end of the decade

Volkswagen’s planned European battery cell plants and securing vital raw materials will cost as much as 30 billion euros ($34 billion), board member Thomas Schmall said, putting a price tag on the expansion for the first time.


Schmall, who is in charge of technology at Europe’s largest carmaker, said in an interview at  the  Reuters Next conference that Volkswagen would seek outside partners to fund it.”


“We are talking about 25 to 30 billion (euros) ... including the vertical chain of raw materials, not only the factories,” the 57-year old said, adding VW would not have to take the lead on funding and was not aiming for a 50/50 investment split.


“It depends on the partnership model we will establish in the next months. We’re open to discuss it. For us it’s necessary that we can control ... the technology roadmap, the timing, the costs and the availability to enable our rollout.”


Schmall is overseeing Volkswagen’s ambitious plan to build six large battery cell plants in Europe by the end of the decade, a strategic pillar in its bid to overtake Tesla and become the world’s top electric vehicles seller.


Sweden’s Northvolt, the first plant in which Volkswagen owns a fifth, will start production premium cells for the German carmaker from 2023. The second plant, to be built jointly with China’s Gotion High-Tech in Salzgitter, is to start in 2025.


Four more plants will follow by the end of the decade, most likely in Spain, eastern Europe and two additional locations that have so far not been disclosed.


Costs will be 1 billion to 2 billion euros per plant while capacity will range from 40 up to a maximum of 80 gigawatt hours (GWh), depending on the chemistry as well as whether enough energy supplies are available, Schmall said.


“We have some natural limits in the availability of utilities, energy, water,” he said.

But production capacity is only one part of the equation, Schmall said, adding that Volkswagen also had to make sure it gets enough raw materials, such as lithium and nickel.


This requires a more proactive approach and Schmall said that Volkswagen was looking to strike partnerships, with cooperation announcements due “in some weeks.”


Volkswagen, which plans to submit its next five-year investment plan to the supervisory board on Dec. 9, is pursuing a mix of strategies, which might even include becoming a shareholder in a mining firm.


“You will see the full range,” Schmall said, also referring to fixed and mixed price contracts with suppliers. “You have to tailor-fit solutions, necessarily, to specific raw materials.”


This also requires making sure that materials are procured sustainably, which, in Volkswagen’s case, includes transparency reports, supplier ratings, and efforts to phase out some materials, most notably cobalt.


In the end, Schmall said, the goal was to ensure that the full production chain was sustainable, adding that producing electric vehicles alone was not enough for Volkswagen, which is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest.


“And this altogether brings us in this closed loop and hopefully show you that we are taking care from the beginning on, from the first step, from the mining process, to be sustainable, until the last point of battery lives and car lives and recycling,” he said.