Saudi Arabia’s oil exports hit 25-month high in April: JODI

Update Saudi Arabia trailed as the second-largest crude supplier to China, with May volumes up 9 percent on year at 7.82 million tons, or 1.84 million bpd. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia trailed as the second-largest crude supplier to China, with May volumes up 9 percent on year at 7.82 million tons, or 1.84 million bpd. (Supplied)
Update Saudi Arabia’s oil exports hit 25-month high in April: JODI
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This is the highest monthly level of volume since March 2020 when the Kingdom’s exports were 7.39 million bpd. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 21 June 2022

Saudi Arabia’s oil exports hit 25-month high in April: JODI

Saudi Arabia trailed as the second-largest crude supplier to China, with May volumes up 9 percent on year at 7.82 million tons.
  • Production grew by 141,000 barrels per day to 10.44 million bpd in April: JODI

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports grew 147,000 barrels per day in April to 7.38 million, according to the latest monthly data released by the Joint Organisations Data Initiative.

This is the highest monthly level of volume since March 2020 when the Kingdom’s exports were 7.39 million bpd.
Exports of crude rose by 2 percent in April from 7.24 million bpd in March 2022.
Year-on-year, the Kingdom’s shipments of crude abroad surged by 1.97 million bpd — an increase of 36.5 percent. 
As for the production of crude, in April it grew by 141,000 bpd to 10.44 million bpd. Production rose by 1.4 percent from 10.3 million bpd in March.

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Russia overtakes KSA China’s crude oil imports from Russia soared 55 percent from a year earlier to a record level in May, displacing Saudi Arabia as the top supplier, as refiners cashed in on discounted supplies amid sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, reported Reuters.
Imports of Russian oil, including supplies pumped via the East Siberia Pacific Ocean pipeline and seaborne shipments from Russia’s European and Far Eastern ports, totaled nearly 8.42 million tons, according to data from the Chinese General Administration of Customs.

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• Year-on-year, the Kingdom’s shipments of crude abroad surged by 1.97 million bpd — an increase of 36.5 percent.  

• Crude production rose by 1.4 percent from 10.3 million bpd in March.

• China’s crude oil imports from Russia soared 55 percent from a year earlier to a record level in May, displacing Saudi Arabia as the top supplier.

That is equivalent to roughly 1.98 million barrels per day (bpd) and up a quarter from 1.59 million bpd in April. China is the world’s biggest crude oil importer.
Chinese firms, including state refining giant Sinopec and state-run Zhenhua Oil, have ramped up purchases of Russian oil, enticed by steep discounts after Western oil majors and trading houses pulled back due to sanctions.
Saudi Arabia trailed as the second-largest supplier, with May volumes up 9 percent on year at 7.82 million tons, or 1.84 million bpd.
This was down from April’s 2.17 million bpd. Russia took back the top ranking after a gap of 19 months.
Customs data released on Monday also showed China imported 260,000 tons of Iranian crude oil last month, its third shipment of Iran oil since last December, confirming an earlier Reuters report.
Despite US sanctions on Iran, China has kept taking Iranian oil, usually passed off as supplies from other countries. The import levels are roughly equivalent to 7 percent of China’s total crude oil imports.
China’s overall crude oil imports rose nearly 12 percent in May from a low base a year earlier to 10.8 million bpd, versus the 2021 average of 10.3 million bpd.
Customs reported zero imports from Venezuela. State oil firms have shunned purchases since late 2019 for fear of falling foul of secondary US sanctions.
Imports from Malaysia, often used as a transfer point in the last two years for oil originating from Iran and Venezuela, amounted to 2.2 million tons, steady versus April but more than double the year-earlier level.
Imports from Brazil fell 19 percent from a year earlier to 2.2 million tons, as supplies from the Latin American exporter faced cheaper competition from Iranian and Russian barrels.


LinkedIn reveals Saudi Arabia’s top 10 startups for 2022

LinkedIn reveals Saudi Arabia’s top 10 startups for 2022
Updated 15 sec ago

LinkedIn reveals Saudi Arabia’s top 10 startups for 2022

LinkedIn reveals Saudi Arabia’s top 10 startups for 2022

RIYADH: Professional networking solution provider LinkedIn has revealed the annual ranking of the top 10 startups based in Saudi Arabia that have demonstrated growth in 2022.

The annual ranking has been analyzed on the basis of the companies’ interactions with LinkedIn members. They are measured through employment growth, company and employee engagement, job interests, and talent attraction.

The top startups in Saudi Arabia for 2022: 

  1. Tamara
  2. Sary
  3. Nana
  4. Zid
  5. Tweeq
  6. Gathern
  7. Lendo
  8. Qawafel
  9. Resal
  10. Shgardi

“KSA’s Top Startups List 2022 reflects the current state of the startups and VC space in the country while also offering insights into the prevailing market trends influencing the community,” said Salma Altantawy, senior news editor at LinkedIn.

The announcement also indicated that fintech witnessed huge traction in the Kingdom with three startups — Tamara, Tweeq, and Lendo — in the sector making to the list.

Delivery services have also grown in popularity with platforms like Nana and Shgardi recording good traction. This is in addition to a rise in B2B solutions as companies like Sary and Qawafel found second and eighth positions, respectively.

“This year’s list sees the emergence of many startups from financial backgrounds. This signifies the increased popularity and growing need for simplified and innovative fintech solutions by consumers in Saudi Arabia,” she added.

To be eligible, LinkedIn said, companies must be independent and privately held, have 50 or more country-based employees, be seven years old or younger, and be headquartered in the country on whose list they appear.


TASI sees gains as global economic fears ease: Opening bell

TASI sees gains as global economic fears ease: Opening bell
Updated 37 min 17 sec ago

TASI sees gains as global economic fears ease: Opening bell

TASI sees gains as global economic fears ease: Opening bell

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main index has continued to recover from a sharp drop that was caused by concerns about economic growth.

The Tadawul All Share Index gained 0.94 percent to reach 11,120 Wednesday morning, while the parallel market Nomu started 0.34 percent higher at 19,786, as of 10:08 a.m. Saudi time.

Saudi oil giant Aramco started with a 1.02 percent gain, while Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. added 0.3 percent.

The Saudi National Bank, the Kingdom’s largest lender, increased by 0.98 percent, while Saudi British Bank increased by 0.95 percent.

The Kingdom’s highest valued bank, Al Rajhi, rose 0.5 percent, while Alinma Bank gained 0.86 percent.

Anaam International Holding Group continued to lead the gainers for a third session with a 5.42 percent gain, after it turned into profits of SR1.6 million ($425,599) in the first half of 2022.

The Saudi Public Transport Co. gained 1.77 percent, after winning an SR88 million public bus transport project with Taif Municipality.

Maharah Human Resources Co. added 0.83 percent, after securing a long-term Murabaha loan worth SR200 million from Al Rajhi Bank.

 


Arabian Drilling opens IPO at up to $24 per share

Arabian Drilling opens IPO at up to $24 per share
Updated 38 min 52 sec ago

Arabian Drilling opens IPO at up to $24 per share

Arabian Drilling opens IPO at up to $24 per share

RIYADH: Arabian Drilling Co. has set its price range for its initial public offering at SR90-100 ($24-$27) per share, as it kicks off the book-building period on Wednesday.

The process for institutional investors, which will end on Oct. 5, will be led by HSBC Saudi Arabia, Goldman Sachs Saudi Arabia, and SNB Capital, according to a bourse filing.

ADC is offering 30 percent of its capital, representing 26.7 million, in an attempt to join Nomu’s parallel market.

The retail subscription to 2.76 million shares, or 10 percent of the shares offered, will run from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19.


Saudi food chain Raydan seeks stockholders’ approval to slash capital to $42m

Saudi food chain Raydan seeks stockholders’ approval to slash capital to $42m
Updated 49 min 27 sec ago

Saudi food chain Raydan seeks stockholders’ approval to slash capital to $42m

Saudi food chain Raydan seeks stockholders’ approval to slash capital to $42m

RIYADH: Raydan Food Co. has invited its shareholders to vote on reducing the company’s capital from SR338 million ($90 million) to SR158 million.

This reduction plan was made in order to restructure the company’s capital structure to recover losses, according to a bourse filing.

Raydan Food reported earlier that its accumulated losses reached SR179 million in the first half of the year, representing 53 percent of its share capital.

Earlier this month, Raydan received the Capital Market Authority's approval for capital reductions.


Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Wednesday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Wednesday
Updated 52 min 45 sec ago

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Wednesday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Wednesday

RIYADH: Stock markets across the Gulf closed in the green on Tuesday, with the Saudi index outperforming the region after falling sharply over concerns about economic growth.

The Tadawul All Share Index, known as Tadawul, gained 0.99 percent to reach 11,017 at the end of Tuesday’s trading, while the parallel market Nomu ended almost flat at 19,718.

Dubai's main share index snapped a four-session losing streak to close 0.7 percent higher, while Qatar’s benchmark closed 0.5 percent higher,

The Abu Dhabi index, on the other hand, closed lower by 0.7 percent, bucking the Gulf trend.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt's blue-chip index fell for the fourth consecutive session, slipping 0.1 percent at the end of Tuesday.

In energy trading, Brent crude traded at $85.15 a barrel and WTI crude reached $77.42 a barrel, as of 9:44 a.m. Saudi time.

Stock News

Riyad REIT Fund has invested SR62 million ($17 million) in a private closed-end Real Estate Fund that is income-generating and Shariah-compliant.

Al-Jouf Cement Co. has completed the sale of fractional shares worth SR359,132 following the approval of its shareholders to decrease its capital.

Naseej for Technology Co. won a SR10 million project award from King Salman Global Academy to develop an online platform that uses artificial intelligence for Arabic-language writing editing.

The Saudi Public Transport Co. has been awarded an SR88 million ($23 million) public bus transport project with Taif Municipality.

Advanced Petrochemical Co.will distribute SR0.5 per share in dividends to shareholders in the third quarter of 2022.

Raydan Food Co. invited its shareholders to vote on cutting its capital by 100 percent to SR158 million.

Maharah Human Resources Co. secured a long-term Murabaha loan worth SR200 million from Al Rajhi Bank.

Maharah Human Resources’ unit has completed the acquisition of 41 percent of Care Shield Holding Co.

Knowledge Tower Trading Co. intends to proceed with its initial public offering, floating 350,000 shares on the Kingdom’s Parallel Market, following approval from the Capital Market Authority and Saudi exchanges.

Arabian Drilling Co. has set its IPO price range at SR90-100 per share as it begins the book-building period.