Saudi Arabia closes 49 investment deals worth $925m in Q2

The Kingdom’s industrial production expanded by 24 percent year-on-year in May 2022, showing a strong post-pandemic rebound in business and investor appetite. File
The Kingdom’s industrial production expanded by 24 percent year-on-year in May 2022, showing a strong post-pandemic rebound in business and investor appetite. File
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Updated 07 August 2022

Saudi Arabia closes 49 investment deals worth $925m in Q2

Saudi Arabia closes 49 investment deals worth $925m in Q2

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia closed 49 investment deals worth more than $925 million in the second quarter, according to an official report from the Ministry of Investment. 

In a statement, the Ministry of Investment revealed that these investments, which are spread acorss diverse sectors such as advanced manufacturing, construction and real estate, information and communications technology, tourism, entertainment and sports, will create over 2,000 jobs in the Saudi economy. 

One of the major deals finalized in the second quarter was a $133.3 million agreement between the Saudi Ports Authority and DP World to build a logistics park at Jeddah Islamic Port. 

Another deal was a $37 million funding round led by global finance giant Mastercard into Saudi e-commerce firm HyperPay to expand the Kingdom’s digital payment ecosystem.

Other investments include a strategic agreement with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to boost Saudi Arabia’s biopharmaceutical capabilities, a $50 million investment by Aramco’s Wa’ed Ventures into Saudi fintech Wahed and a deal by Ma’aden to build the world’s largest solar-powered steam plant to be used to refine bauxite into alumina.

The report titled “Q2 2022 Investment Highlights” suggests that the Saudi non-oil sector witnessed a 5.4 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter.

According to the report, the real gross domestic product also climbed 11.8 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. 

It stated that the Kingdom’s industrial production expanded by 24 percent year-on-year in May 2022, showing a strong post-pandemic rebound in business and investor appetite. 

March, April and May 2022 recorded the highest Industrial Production Index figures of all quarters in the last three years, the report stated. 

The Kingdom also witnessed a 16.6 percent rise in point-of-sales transactions in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. 

“The National Investment Strategy is a catalyst to deliver on our Vision 2030 national objectives of seeing the private sector contribute 65 percent to GDP and growing foreign direct investment to 5.7 percent of GDP,” said Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih. 


Saudi PIF subsidiary SEIC acquires 34% of Egypt’s B.TECH for $150mn

Saudi PIF subsidiary SEIC acquires 34% of Egypt’s B.TECH for $150mn
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Saudi PIF subsidiary SEIC acquires 34% of Egypt’s B.TECH for $150mn

Saudi PIF subsidiary SEIC acquires 34% of Egypt’s B.TECH for $150mn

RIYADH: The Saudi Egyptian Investment Co., a subsidiary of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, has acquired 34 percent of Egypt’s omnichannel retailer and consumer finance platform B.TECH, in a deal worth $150 million.

SEIC’s acquisition was made via the purchase of a minority stake from African Development Partners II, a fund advised by Development Partners International.

B.TECH is 34 percent owned by DPI, while the remaining 66 percent belongs to BT Holding which is owned by the Khattab family that founded the company.

DPI acquired the 34 percent stake in B-Tech in July 2016 for about $34 million.

B.TECH seeks to increase its revenues by 30 percent this year to about $562 million, as well as to increase its branch count to about 153 by the end of the year.

In 2021, B-Tech experienced a 30 percent growth rate to reach SR444 million, up from SR327 billion in 2020.

B-Tech was able to secure foreign investment in 2017 with a $15 million partnership contract with DPI.


Dubai bourse DFM to introduce changes to indices in Q4

Dubai bourse DFM to introduce changes to indices in Q4
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Dubai bourse DFM to introduce changes to indices in Q4

Dubai bourse DFM to introduce changes to indices in Q4

DUBAI: Dubai Financial Market said on Monday it planned to adopt a new methodology for its main equities indices, which will come into effect in the fourth quarter, according to Reuters.

The Dubai bourse’s general index, Sharia index and sector indices, will be calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices, it said in a statement.

A key improvement among the changes is a limit on the weighting of a listed company to 10 percent from 20 percent, which should result in a larger representation of companies on the DFM’s benchmarks, it said.

The Dubai bourse said the index calculation will be based on actual free float adjusted market capitalization, and that the indices will be rebalanced on a quarterly basis, from semi-annually currently.

The bourse plans to align its sectors with an industry classification standard which is followed by institutional clients, it said.

DFM will have seven sectors: financials, industrials, real estate, utilities, communication services, materials and consumer staples.

The bourse has invited market participants for consultations on the index methodology ahead of possible changes, with the revised indexes to be launched in Q4, it said.

The changes follow a flurry of initial public offerings from state-linked entities this year, part of a government program intended to attract investors and boost activity on the stock exchange.

Toll-road operator Salik , which listed last week, raised 3.735 billion dirhams ($1.02 billion) by selling a 24.9 percent stake in its initial public offering, giving the company a market value of 15 billion dirhams.

Dubai business park operator TECOM Group in June raised 1.7 billion dirhams through the sale of 625 million ordinary shares, equivalent to 12.5 percent of the company in an IPO.

Dubai’s Water and Electricity Authority, known as DEWA, in April raised over $6 billion for its IPO, the region’s biggest since Saudi Aramco. 


UK discusses trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia

UK discusses trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia
Updated 03 October 2022

UK discusses trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia

UK discusses trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: A UK delegation led by Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Vincent Keavney discussed trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih during talks in Riyadh.

After the meeting, part of the ongoing UK-Gulf Cooperation Council free trade negotiations, Keavney said London’s expertise opens huge possibilities for the Kingdom as it seeks to diversify its economy away from oil as outlined in Vision 2030.

Keavney further noted that the UK already has a strong trade relationship with Saudi Arabia, and the investments made by the Public Investment Fund in Britain are fetching mutual benefits.

This is for the first time that Keavney is arriving in the Kingdom during his mayoralty, and his delegation of senior business leaders included Nicholas Lyons, chairman of the board at Phoenix Group and Sheriff of the City of London; Martin Gilbert, chairman of Toscafund, Revolut, and others; and Robert Cashmore, head of Institutional Funds Distribution, the Middle East at Octopus.

Prior to his visit to the Kingdom, Keavney, in an exclusive interview with Arab News, said that a free-trade agreement between the UK and the GCC will “significantly increase” their financial ties at a transformational moment for the global economy.

During the interview, Keavney pointed out that Saudi investment in Britain has already topped £65 billion ($69.36 billion) annually.

“Saudi Arabia has great transformational plans for its own economy, and the financial and professional services here in the UK have a huge amount to offer in helping implement and support this,” said Keavney.


Oil Updates — Crude climbs; Shell to invest in Malaysia oil; Genel Energy appoints new CEO

Oil Updates — Crude climbs; Shell to invest in Malaysia oil; Genel Energy appoints new CEO
Updated 03 October 2022

Oil Updates — Crude climbs; Shell to invest in Malaysia oil; Genel Energy appoints new CEO

Oil Updates — Crude climbs; Shell to invest in Malaysia oil; Genel Energy appoints new CEO

RIYADH: Oil prices jumped nearly 3 percent on Monday, as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, known as OPEC+, considers cutting output by more than 1 million barrels a day in what would be its biggest reduction since the pandemic.

Brent crude futures rebounded $2.44, or 2.87 percent, to $87.58 a barrel by 10.13 a.m Saudi time, after settling down 0.6 percent on Friday.

US West Texas Intermediate crude was also up 2.87 percent, or $2.40, at $81.89 a barrel, after the previous session’s loss of 2.1 percent.

Shell to invest in second Malaysia oil, gas project in a month

Shell announced a second investment in Malaysia’s oil and gas sector in a month as the major and its partners, including Petronas, aim to revive output in an environment of tight global supply.

Shell’s decisions come after the war in Ukraine disrupted Russian oil and gas supplies and boosted prices. Oil and gas producers in Asia are struggling to sustain output after years of under-investment in the sector as international companies scaled back to focus on exploration and production in Africa and the Americas.

Sabah Shell Petroleum Co, a Malaysian unit of Shell, said on Monday it will invest in phase 4 of the Gumusut-Kakap-Geronggong-Jagus East deepwater offshore development project along with its partners. No amounts were given.

The GKGJE phase 4 development is a subsea tie-back project that is expected to achieve first oil in late 2024, Shell Malaysia said in a statement.

Shell’s partners in the GKGJE project include ConocoPhillips Sabah Ltd., Petronas Carigali, Sabah Oil Limited, PT Pertamina Malaysia Eksplorasi Produksi and others.

Genel Energy appoints Weir as permanent CEO

Iraqi Kurdistan-focused oil firm Genel Energy appointed Paul Weir as its full-time CEO on Monday.

Weir, who previously served as the chief operating officer, was appointed as the interim CEO in June.

(With input from Reuters)


TASI gains ahead of OPEC+ meeting: Opening bell

TASI gains ahead of OPEC+ meeting: Opening bell
Updated 03 October 2022

TASI gains ahead of OPEC+ meeting: Opening bell

TASI gains ahead of OPEC+ meeting: Opening bell

RIYADH: The Saudi main index rose in Monday’s trading session as investors awaited the meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries Plus to be held later in the week.

The Tadawul All Share Index started the session 0.53 percent higher to reach 11,548; the parallel market Nomu started almost flat at 19,956, as of 10:06 a.m. Saudi time.

Saudi oil giant Aramco started with a 0.42 percent increase, while Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. was up 1.44 percent.

The Saudi National Bank, the Kingdom’s largest lender, added 1.12 percent, while Saudi British Bank increased by 2.12 percent.

The Kingdom’s most valued bank Al Rajhi gained 0.61 percent, while Alinma Bank gained 0.68 percent.

Mouwasat Medical Services Co. gained 0.69 percent, after completing the acquisition of 51 percent of Jeddah Doctors Co. in a SR102 million ($27 million) deal.

Najran Cement Co. grew 1.26 percent, after declaring cash dividends of SR0.25 per share to shareholders in the first half of 2022.

Leejam Sports Co. added 0.64 percent, following the opening of a new Ladies Xpress Fitness Center in Riyadh on Oc. 2, bringing the total number of its centers inside and outside the Kingdom to 154.