Saudi investors get chance to buy Amlak International shares

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Updated 03 July 2020

Saudi investors get chance to buy Amlak International shares

RIYADH: Amlak International shares went on sale to the Saudi public on Thursday in what is the Kingdom’s first initial public offering since the coronavirus crisis.
The Saudi real estate finance company started the second phase of its share sale to retail investors after the institutional offering was oversubscribed.
It is offering about 2.7 million shares to individual subscribers at a price of SR16 ($4.27) per share.
This public offering represents almost 10 percent of the 27.18 million shares Amlak has decided to float, which accounts for 30 percent of its capital valued at SR906 million.
Individual buyers can purchase at least 10 shares and at most 1 million shares through the receiving agents, the Saudi Investment Bank, National Commercial Bank, Al Rajhi Bank and Bank Al Jazira, Amlak said.
The company said the public sale would run to July 5 and any surplus would be refunded on July 14.
Amlak International’s IPO is the first in the GCC region after the outbreak of coronavirus. Abdullah Al-Sudairy, Amlak’s CEO, said in an earlier interview with Arab News that the IPO represented a vote of confidence in the long-term fundamentals of the business and the whole economy.
“Amlak was widely rumored to be considering the market initiative earlier this year before the pandemic broke on the world. That put the plans on hold for a while, but the decision to go ahead with it now represents a vote of confidence in the business, in the fundamentals of the Saudi economy, and in the Kingdom’s financial markets” he said.
Despite a seemingly unfavorable global economic backdrop, investor interest in the Saudi mortgage remains strong following a government initiative to boost home ownership in the Kingdom.
Under the Vision 2030 blueprint for economic and social reform, the government aims to boost home ownership for citizens to 70 percent by 2030 and to raise the total of mortgage loans to SR502 billion by the end of next year from SR290 billion, which represents a jump of 73 percent.
Still the coronavirus pandemic may impact the growth of the mortgage market in the Kingdom.
“In the short-term, COVID-19 and declining oil prices are expected to have an impact on the pace of construction and demand for housing, reflecting sluggish activity,” Deloitte said in a report on the Saudi mortgage market published in May.

Oil climbs on positive China data, hopes for US stimulus package

Updated 11 August 2020

Oil climbs on positive China data, hopes for US stimulus package

  • Iraq to deepen supply cuts in August and September; China’s factory deflation slows in July

LONDON: Oil rose on Monday, supported by an improvement in Chinese factory data, rising energy demand and hopes for an agreement in the United States on more coronavirus-related economic stimulus.

Brent crude rose 75 cents, or 1.7. percent, to $45.15 a barrel, and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) US crude was up 94 cents, or 2.3 percent, to $41.16 a barrel.

Saudi Arabian Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said on Sunday that he sees oil demand rebounding in Asia as economies gradually open up.

China’s factory deflation eased in July, driven by a rise in global oil prices and as industrial activity climbed back toward pre-coronavirus levels, adding to signs of recovery in the world’s second-largest economy.

“With oil demand still slowly grinding higher, and oil supply in check due to the OPEC+ production cut deal and prices too low to incentivise strong production growth in the United States, the oil market remains undersupplied,” UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo said.

Iraq said on Friday it would cut its oil output by a further 400,000 barrels per day in August and September to compensate for its overproduction in the past three months.

The move would help it comply with its share of cuts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, a grouping known as OPEC+.

“This would send out a strong signal to the oil market on various levels. That said, this would also require the international companies operating in Iraq to join in with the cuts,” Commerzbank analyst Eugen Weinberg said.

Prices also found some support after US President Donald Trump said US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, wanted to meet with him to make a deal on coronavirus-related economic relief.

The talks between Democrats and members of Republican Trump’s administration broke down last week.

“The longer this drags on, the worse it is for the demand scenario,” said Michael McCarthy, market strategist at CMC Markets and Stockbroking.

However, uncertainty over rising tensions between the United States and China put some pressure on prices. Trump signed two executive orders banning WeChat and TikTok in 45 days’ time while announcing sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials.

Markets will now keep an eye on a China-US meeting on trade scheduled for this weekend.