Nasdaq profit beats estimates on IPO rush, investment products demand

Nasdaq profit beats estimates on IPO rush, investment products demand
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Updated 26 January 2022

Nasdaq profit beats estimates on IPO rush, investment products demand

Nasdaq profit beats estimates on IPO rush, investment products demand

Nasdaq Inc. on Wednesday reported a nearly 16 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit that topped Wall Street estimates, buoyed by the frenetic pace of US initial public offerings and strong demand for its investment-related products.


Technology, health care and financial technology companies led the IPO rush during the quarter, that included the stellar debut of Rivian Automotive Inc. on the exchange that valued the electric vehicle maker at over $100 billion.


Tech-heavy Nasdaq in 2021 eclipsed rival New York Stock Exchange to host the new listings of 1,000 companies, representing $181 billion in capital raised. Of the total listings, 752 were IPOs, including chipmaker GlobalFoundries Inc. and fintech Coinbase Global.


Nasdaq reported an adjusted profit of $1.93 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31.

Analysts were expecting $1.78 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Even as the transatlantic exchange operator’s bourses remain its core business, Nasdaq has pushed into the software sector to reposition itself as a financial technology company offering analytics, data and cloud services.


The company’s revenue from solutions segment surged 19 percent to $581 million. Its investment analytics products that help customers research across multiple asset classes to make investment decisions have become key growth drivers.


It also launched a cloud-based data management platform geared toward investment management firms during the quarter.


The company’s net revenue came in 12 percent higher at $885 million from $788 million a year ago. Market services revenue rose 5 percent to $303 million over the same period.


In line with other financial institutions that have seen expenses rise amid inflationary pressures, Nasdaq also saw a 15 percent increase in operating expenses primarily due to higher employee compensation and benefits.


Wheat prices hit record high after India export ban

Wheat prices hit record high after India export ban
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Wheat prices hit record high after India export ban

Wheat prices hit record high after India export ban

Wheat prices surged to a record high on Monday after India decided to ban exports of the commodity as a heatwave hit production.

The price — which was already high in the wake of Russia’s invasion of major wheat exporter Ukraine — jumped to 435 euros ($453) per ton as the European market opened.
 


Shares in Saudi Tadawul gain despite a decline in profits

Shares in Saudi Tadawul gain despite a decline in profits
Updated 14 min 34 sec ago

Shares in Saudi Tadawul gain despite a decline in profits

Shares in Saudi Tadawul gain despite a decline in profits

RIYADH: Saudi Tadawul Group’s stock gained in the afternoon trading session on Monday, despite the company posting lower first-quarter profit yesterday.

As of 2:04 p.m. Saudi time, the Kingdom’s bourse operator had seen its shares rise 3.15 percent to SR209.80 ($56), up from SR203.2 at the previous close.

The company reported lower profits yesterday, dropping 21 percent to SR141 million in the first quarter, from SR180 million for the same quarter last year.


Bahrain Central Bank oversubscribed its Sukuk Al-Salam securities

Bahrain Central Bank oversubscribed its Sukuk Al-Salam securities
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Bahrain Central Bank oversubscribed its Sukuk Al-Salam securities

Bahrain Central Bank oversubscribed its Sukuk Al-Salam securities

RIYADH: The Central Bank of Bahrain’s monthly issue of Sukuk Al-Salam Islamic security has been oversubscribed by 184 percent. 

In total, it received subscriptions worth $209 million for the $114-million issue, which matures in 91 days, the central bank stated in a statement.

The Sukuk is expected to give a return of 2.30 percent on maturity on August 17, against its previous issue rate of 1.99 percent on April 13, 2022.

CBB issued the Sukuk Al-Salam on behalf of the Government of Bahrain.


Chinese battery supplier Calb adds more banks for its $1.5bn Hong Kong IPO: Bloomberg

Chinese battery supplier Calb adds more banks for its $1.5bn Hong Kong IPO: Bloomberg
Updated 39 min 37 sec ago

Chinese battery supplier Calb adds more banks for its $1.5bn Hong Kong IPO: Bloomberg

Chinese battery supplier Calb adds more banks for its $1.5bn Hong Kong IPO: Bloomberg

RIYADH: Calb Co., a Chinese battery supplier for electric vehicle makers, has added more banks as it plans for its Hong Kong initial public offering that could raise as much as $1.5 billion, Bloomberg reported. 

It has selected Citigroup, Credit Suisse Group and JPMorgan Chase & Co. as joint global coordinators for its IPO, the report said citing people familiar with the matter. 

More banks can be picked for the deal as discussions are in progress, the people added. 

Calb’s $1.5 billion IPO could be one of Hong Kong’s biggest in 2022 upon its completion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. 

Founded in 2007, Calb operates major production bases in China and is specialized in the development, production and sales of lithium batteries for electric vehicles. 

 


Indonesia’s president, Elon Musk in talks for investments in the Asian country: NRG matters

Indonesia’s president, Elon Musk in talks for investments in the Asian country: NRG matters
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Indonesia’s president, Elon Musk in talks for investments in the Asian country: NRG matters

Indonesia’s president, Elon Musk in talks for investments in the Asian country: NRG matters

RIYADH: Indonesia’s president is in talks with Tesla CEO Elon Musk regarding various investments in the country. Protestors in Suffolk disapprove the building of a nuclear power station, fearing disruptions across various sectors. Elsewhere, the UK chancellor is set to impose taxes on energy giants to shield consumers. Meanwhile, Saudi Aramco plans to create long-term shareholder value through highlighting the firm’s low upstream carbon intensity. Other firms such as the UK’s Foresight Group Holdings Ltd. and HydrogenOne Capital Growth Plc are acquiring stakes in a Germany-based hydrogen utility. Additionally, the ESG Niche is expected to jump 2,000 percent.

Looking at the bigger picture: 

·      Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has met Tesla CEO Elon Musk to discuss potential investments in the Asian country’s nickel industry as well as the supply of batteries for electric vehicles, Reuters reported, citing the government.

This comes as Tesla representatives were visiting Indonesia last week to attend meetings regarding a battery-related investment, according to individuals familiar with the matter.

·      Hundreds of protestors gathered in Suffolk on Sunday to voice their objections regarding the construction of the Sizewell C nuclear power station, Bloomberg reported. 

Protesters are arguing that the building of the nuclear power station will cause complications in terms of transport, water supply, biodiversity, and coastal erosion.

·      The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will soon impose windfall taxes on energy giants to cushion households from rallying costs of living, Bloomberg reported, citing shadow secretary of state for climate change and net zero Ed Miliband.

·      The Environmental, Social, and Governance Niche has been forecasted to grow by 2,000 percent as some of the UK’s most prominent fund managers jump into it with new funds and investment products, Bloomberg reported.

This comes as asset management firm Schroders and insurance firm Aviva among others aim to take advantage of and profit from the increasing demand for biodiversity-focused investment products.

Through a micro-lens: 

·      Saudi Arabian public petroleum and natural gas company Aramco is planning on creating long-term shareholder value by hammering on low upstream carbon intensity, low lifting costs, and integrated downstream business, Reuters reported, citing the firm’s CEO. 

·      UK-based capital market firms Foresight Group Holdings Ltd. and HydrogenOne Capital Growth Plc have acquired stakes in German hydrogen utility HH2E AG in addition to co-investing in energy projects, Bloomberg reported. 

This comes as the firms aim to help the new company develop green energy projects in Germany and prosper altogether.