China In-Focus — Yuan inches up; stocks rise; Evergrande canvassing creditors’ support

Currency traders and investors usually use the yield gap between the world’s two largest economies as a key indicator of the relative value of the two respective currencies.
Currency traders and investors usually use the yield gap between the world’s two largest economies as a key indicator of the relative value of the two respective currencies.
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Updated 04 July 2022

China In-Focus — Yuan inches up; stocks rise; Evergrande canvassing creditors’ support

China In-Focus — Yuan inches up; stocks rise; Evergrande canvassing creditors’ support

BEIJING: China’s yuan inched up against the dollar on Monday, underpinned by a narrowing US 10-year yield advantage versus its Chinese counterpart.

Currency traders and investors usually use the yield gap between the world’s two largest economies as a key indicator of the relative value of the two respective currencies.

The yield gap between the benchmark 10-year Chinese bonds and Treasuries narrowed to -3 basis points from roughly -15 bps last week, as US bond prices rose amid worries over a global recession.

In the forward market, the benchmark one-year dollar/yuan swaps bounced to a three-week high of -182.5 points, from -280 points on Friday.

Prior to market opening, the People’s Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.7071 per dollar, 208 pips or 0.3 percent weaker than the previous fix 6.6863.

In the spot market, the onshore yuan opened at 6.7010 per dollar and was changing hands at 6.6921 at midday, 99 pips firmer than the previous late session close.

Traders said the strength in the yuan on Monday also came as China’s central bank made the smallest daily cash injection through open market operations in one-and-a-half year, resulting in a net withdrawal of 97 billion yuan ($14.50 billion)for the day. 

Chinese stocks rise 

China stocks rose on Monday supported by healthcare shares and the launch of cross-border investment scheme ETF Connect, while Hong Kong shares slipped weighed by airline operators.

China’s blue-chip index CSI300 rose 0.7 percent and the Shanghai Composite index gained 0.5 percent. In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index dipped 0.1 percent.

Evergrande canvassing creditors’ support 

China Evergrande Group is reaching out to its offshore creditors for their support to fight a lawsuit in a Hong Kong court aimed at liquidating the embattled property developer, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Evergrande, which is deemed to be in default on its nearly $23 billion of offshore debt and is working on a debt restructuring plan, aims to submit the backing of creditors as part of the evidence to the court ahead of the first hearing on the winding-up petition on Aug. 31, the person said.

Last week, Top Shine Global Ltd, an investor in Evergrande unit Fangchebao, said it had filed a winding-up petition against the developer as it had not honored a pact to repurchase shares from Top Shine in Fangchebao.

A successful outcome of the petition could impact the developer’s debt restructuring plan by diminishing the value of the overseas assets that are central to the interests of offshore creditors.

The developer was not considering an out-of-court settlement with Top Shine at the moment, the source said.

 

(With input from Reuters)


Saudi-listed East Pipes seeks capital hike as it posts 190% profit jump

Saudi-listed East Pipes seeks capital hike as it posts 190% profit jump
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Saudi-listed East Pipes seeks capital hike as it posts 190% profit jump

Saudi-listed East Pipes seeks capital hike as it posts 190% profit jump

RIYADH: Saudi-listed East Pipes Integrated Co. for Industry’s board has proposed a capital raise of 50 percent, after reporting a higher second-quarter profit.

The pipe manufacturer is looking to increase its current capital of SR210 million ($56 million) to SR315 million through granting bonus shares, according to a bourse filing.

Shareholders will receive 0.5 shares for every one share held through the capitalization of SR105 million from retained earnings.

“The objective of the proposed bonus shares is to provide sustainable returns to shareholders, whilst supporting the company’s strategic investment plans,” the filing stated.

East Pipes had earlier reported a 190 percent year-on-year surge in profits to SR6.2 million for the second quarter of 2022, buoyed by a higher sales volume.


NRG Matters — Egypt eyes $10bn renewables plan; ADNOC Drilling awarded offshore rigs contracts

NRG Matters — Egypt eyes $10bn renewables plan; ADNOC Drilling awarded offshore rigs contracts
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NRG Matters — Egypt eyes $10bn renewables plan; ADNOC Drilling awarded offshore rigs contracts

NRG Matters — Egypt eyes $10bn renewables plan; ADNOC Drilling awarded offshore rigs contracts

RIYADH: Egypt is eying $10 billion of renewables to replace inefficient thermal fossil fuel power plants. 

In an effort to drive the country’s carbon emissions reduction goal, the precuts are expected to be delivered by the private sector, according to MEED.

US motors

A group representing General Motors, Toyota Motor, Volkswagen and other major automakers said a $430 billion bill approved by the US Senate will put achieving electric-vehicle adoption targets for 2030 in jeopardy.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation had warned that most EV models would be ineligible for a $7,500 tax credit for US buyers under the bill, Reuters reported. 

Offshore rigs

ADNOC Drilling has been awarded two contracts totaling over 12.6 billion dirhams ($3.4 billion) to hire eight jack-up offshore rigs, Trade Arabia reported. 

Awarded by ADNOC Offshore, the contracts will support the expansion of the firm’s crude oil production capacity to 5 million barrels per day by 2030 and enable gas self-sufficiency for the UAE.


TASI ends higher on strong earnings reports: Closing bell

TASI ends higher on strong earnings reports: Closing bell
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TASI ends higher on strong earnings reports: Closing bell

TASI ends higher on strong earnings reports: Closing bell

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index ended Monday higher after a wave of earnings reports boosted investor sentiment.

The Tadawul All Share Index added 0.66 percent reaching 12,297, while the parallel market, Nomu, climbed 1.36 percent at 22,072.

The Saudi British Bank climbed 1.44 percent, while the Kingdom’s oil giant Saudi Aramco added 0.13 percent.

The Saudi National Bank, the Kingdom’s biggest lender, ended the day 1.82 percent higher, while Alinma Bank rose 1.07 percent.

The Middle East Paper Co. gained 2.83 percent, following a 216 percent increase in first half profits.

The Wafrah for Industry and Development Co. rose 2.79 percent, following the signing of a $4 million contract with German GEA Food for meat production.

Bank Albilad rose 2.62 percent, following the announcement of the establishment of Enjaz Payment Services Co., a closed joint-stock company located in Riyadh.

Almarai Co. increased 0.56 percent, following the announcement of the re-appointment of Prince Naif bin Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Alkabeer as chairman and Suliman Al-Muhaideb as vice chairman.


EU plan to cut gas use by 15% comes into effect

EU plan to cut gas use by 15% comes into effect
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EU plan to cut gas use by 15% comes into effect

EU plan to cut gas use by 15% comes into effect

BRUSSELS: An EU plan to cut gas consumption across the bloc by 15 percent to cope with an energy price crisis spurred by Russia’s war in Ukraine comes into effect on Tuesday.

The EU regulation enshrining the plan agreed two weeks ago by the 27-nation bloc was published Monday in the EU’s official administrative gazette, with the stipulation it would take force from Tuesday.

“Considering the imminent danger to the security of gas supply brought about by the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, this regulation should enter into force as a matter of urgency,” it said.

The aim is for the EU to be able to bolster its reserves of gas in time for what is likely to be a very tough winter. European households and businesses are being squeezed by skyrocketing energy prices and reduced Russian gas that several member states are dependent on.

The regulation said that EU countries “shall use their best efforts” to cut gas consumption by “at least 15 percent” between August this year and March next year, based on how much they used on average over the previous five years.

Some EU countries, though, had carve-outs from strictly following the rule, which was in any case termed a “voluntary demand reduction.”

These were countries not fully connected to the European electricity grid or with gas pipelines to other parts of the EU or unable to free up enough pipeline gas to help other member states.

Hungary, which relies on gas piped in directly from Russia, had demanded the exception.

Germany, the EU’s economic powerhouse, took a major share of the 40 percent of EU gas imports that came from Russia last year.

Should the European Commission see a “severe gas supply shortage” or exceptionally high gas demand emerging, it can ask EU countries to declare an alert for the bloc. That would make gas cuts binding and limit exceptions.


DIFC launches first global family business and private wealth center

DIFC launches first global family business and private wealth center
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DIFC launches first global family business and private wealth center

DIFC launches first global family business and private wealth center

DUBAI: The Dubai International Financial Center has announced the launch of the first global family business and private wealth center.

The center will create a hub for bringing together global family-owned businesses, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and private wealth, according to a press release.

To be working on an independent basis, the center will provide advisory and concierge services, education and training, outreach and high-end networking, besides undertaking research and issuing publications, along with giving dispute resolution assistance.

The center will also grant accreditation to businesses and advisers in alignment with DIFC’s standards, the press release added.

“The UAE has a vast number of family businesses, owned by citizens and residents who contribute to the country’s economy,” said Essa Kazim, governor of DIFC.

In the next decade, he added, those families and others in the Middle East are expected to transfer 3.67 trillion dirhams ($1 trillion) to the next generation, which illustrates the urgent need to provide them with specialist, consolidated support to help them grow. 

Tarek Hajjiri, appointed CEO for the Global Family Business and Private Wealth Center said: “The new center will play a unique role in guiding family businesses in relation to governance, succession, ownership, wealth, family dynamics and strategy. Our role is crucial to ensure the long-term growth of family businesses.”

The Global Family Business and Private Wealth Center has been approved by the DIFC Authority Board of Directors and is expected to be launched on Sept. 1, 2022.