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A trader looks at the screens at Bahrain Bourse in Manama, Bahrain, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Bahrain tops dividend yields in mixed quarter for bourses

First-quarter company earnings in the UAE, Bahrain and Oman were mixed across major economic sectors, with the four bourses trading at markedly varied valuations. As of March 31, Dubai and Bahrain had price-to-earnings ratios of 8.3 and 7.9 respectively, while Abu Dhabi’s was 19.9 and Oman’s 12.9, according to Kuwait’s Kamco Invest. Bahrain (7.7 percent) […]

The Adnoc Drilling head office. Adnoc will not be able to sell any more of its stake for at least six months

Adnoc Drilling successfully floats further stake

Abu Dhabi state oil company Adnoc has successfully placed a further 5.5 percent of listed subsidiary Adnoc Drilling, increasing the company’s free float to 16.5 percent. The sale of an additional 880 million shares through a book-building process will boost trading of Adnoc Drilling’s stock on Abu Dhabi’s bourse. Adnoc restricted the share sale to […]

A Tadawul trader looks at prices on the Saudi stock exchange. Aramco's profits have fallen as Riyadh reduces oil output

Saudi listed companies report Q1 profit rise

Businesses listed on the Saudi stock exchange, excluding the state energy giant Aramco, reported an 8 percent rise in first-quarter profits this year, highlighting the continued strength of the non-oil sector as hydrocarbon output is cut.  Net profit gains in the banking sector, and for telecoms operator STC and state mining company Maaden, helped to […]

Kuwaits Beyout Investment Group is selling a 30 percent stake, or 90 million shares, on the local bourse

Kuwait’s Beyout targets $147m from IPO

Kuwait’s Beyout Investment Group (BIG) has set the price of its initial public offering (IPO) between 480 and 500 fils per share.  The company plans to raise up to KD45,000,000 ($147 million) by selling a 30 percent stake, or 90 million shares, on the local bourse, the first in nearly two years. The final offer […]

Smasco will offer 120 million shares in its IPO, or a 30 percent stake

Smasco market cap to hit $800m on Saudi listing

Smasco, the Saudi Manpower Solutions Company, has set its final initial public offering (IPO) price at SAR7.50 per share, giving it a market capitalisation of SAR3 billion ($800 million) at listing. The company will offer 120 million shares, or a 30 percent stake, raising SAR900 million from the listing. This month, the indicative price range […]

PIF's Starbucks shareholdings were cut almost by half from 6.3 million shares to 3.8 million

PIF slashes Starbucks stake as it cuts US stocks by $15bn

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has slashed its US equity holdings by 42 percent to $20.6 billion, including its stake in Starbucks, the global coffee chain that has suffered calls for a boycott as a result of the Gaza conflict. The latest US government data highlights funding challenges facing the Saudi giga-projects.  The filing […]

Saudi aluminium producer Talco is offering 12 million shares

Aluminium producer Talco announces Saudi IPO

Aluminium producer Al Taiseer Group Talco Industrial Company (Talco) is the latest entity to reveal initial public offering (IPO) plans in Saudi Arabia. The Riyadh-based company, which was set up in 2009, is offering 12 million shares, a 30 percent stake, on the Saudi Exchange (Tadawul) at a nominal value of SAR10 ($2.67) per share. […]

Traders look at the screens at Bahrain Bourse in Manama, Bahrain, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Bahrain Bourse needs more liquidity despite 43% surge

The Bahrain Bourse has surged by almost 43 percent in the past five years, but experts have warned that the Gulf state must prioritise further listings to bring more liquidity into the market. The bulk of the growth on the kingdom’s main exchange has come from a select number of liquid stocks, topped by Aluminium […]

The Kuwait Boursa trading hall in Kuwait city. BIG shares will list in the premier market segment

Kuwait’s Beyout Investment Group to list on local bourse 

Kuwait’s Beyout Investment Group (BIG) has announced plans to offer a 30 percent stake on the local bourse, the first in nearly two years. The final offering price will be determined through a bookbuilding process, which will be held from May 19 to 23, the company said in a statement.  The shares are slated to […]

A hospital doctor examines a cancer patient. Fakeeh, which runs four Saudi hospitals, is selling a 21.47% stake through its IPO

Healthcare group Fakeeh attracts orders of $91bn for Saudi IPO

The listing of healthcare conglomerate Fakeeh Care Group was 119 times oversubscribed by institutional investors, the Saudi stock exchange said on Tuesday. The initial public offering was set to raise $763 million but attracted orders of $91 billion, reinforcing Saudi Arabia’s dominance of the region’s IPO market this year. Fakeeh, which was founded in Jeddah […]

Waleed bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim, CEO of MBC Group, which raised $222 million with its IPO

Saudi Arabia dominates Mena Q1 public listings

Saudi Arabia dominated public listings in the region in the first quarter of the year and maintains a “healthy pipeline” of IPOs for the remainder of 2024. Nine companies were brought to market in Saudi Arabia during the opening three months, according to the latest report from global consultants EY. The kingdom’s largest, and the […]

King Leung of InvestHK says Middle East investors are 'scooping up high quality, positive cash flow generating assets at very, very attractive valuations'

Hong Kong plans fund on Saudi stock exchange

Officials in Hong Kong are planning to set up an exchange-traded fund with Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, as Middle East investors increasingly go “bargain hunting” in the Asian city state to take advantage of lower valuations. An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an investment fund traded on regulated stock exchanges, much like individual stocks are bought and […]

Investors at the Dubai Financial Market. Drake & Scull was suspended from trading in 2018

Drake & Scull losses narrow before return to trading

Dubai contractor Drake & Scull International has trimmed its losses in the first quarter of this year as it nears the end of a drawn-out capital restructuring process. The Dubai-based utilities and infrastructure engineering company said in a press release accompanying disclosures to the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) that revenue jumped 55 percent year on […]

Smasco provides manpower solutions for sectors such as construction, healthcare and hospitality

Saudi staffing company Smasco plans $240m from IPO

Smasco, the Saudi Manpower Solutions Company, is expected to raise between SAR840 million and SAR900 million ($224 million to $240 million) from its initial public offering after setting an indicative price range of SAR7 to SAR7.50 per share. The market capitalisation of the staffing company at listing will be between SAR2.8 billion and SAR 3 […]

Binance CEO Richard Teng told AGBI the company spent $213m on compliance measures in 2023

Binance clamps down on suspicious UAE crypto trades

Binance has blocked hundreds of thousands of suspicious cryptocurrency transactions in the UAE as it ramps up compliance efforts, senior executives have told AGBI. The business, which is the world’s largest crypto exchange, received nearly 60,000 law enforcement requests from governments around the world in 2023 after heightened regulatory scrutiny. Meera Judge, the Dubai-based director […]

Investors monitor prices at the Saudi stock exchange. Its operator, Tadawul Group, reported profit of SAR201.5m in Q1

Profit doubles in Q1 for stock exchange operator Tadawul

The operator of the Saudi stock exchange has reported that its profit more than doubled in the first quarter of 2024, with higher revenues across all business segments. The net earnings of Saudi Tadawul Group Holding Company stood at SAR201.5 million ($53.7 million) in the three months to March 2024, compared to SAR90.8 million a […]

Rasan, a fintech company, owns Tameeni, the first and largest insurance aggregator in Saudi Arabia by gross written premiums

Saudi fintech Rasan to sell 30% stake in IPO

Saudi Arabia’s Rasan will be the first fintech to sell a 30 percent stake in an initial public offering (IPO) on the local stock exchange. The company will sell 22.7 million shares in the flotation, which includes 5.3 million new shares.  Book building for institutional investors will start on May 12 to 16, while bids […]

Path, Road, City BHB06R Wall Street Bull in Downtown Manhattan, NYC

Saudi stock trading slumps as interest jumps in US stocks

Saudi trading in US stocks trebled in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared with the previous year to SAR58.7 billion ($15.6 billion), as the kingdom’s interest in US equities revived following the Covid pandemic. Total trading in foreign and domestic markets remains historically low.  The transactions in the US market accounted for more than 97 […]

The DFM is actively looking to expand beyond established companies, focusing on startups and adding new sectors

Dubai focuses on pre-IPO stage for startups

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) is focusing on supporting startups in the pre-initial public offering (IPO) stage to raise capital and connect them with potential investors, CEO Hamed Ali has said. “Diversifying the investor base is one of the top priorities for DFM,” Ali was quoted as saying in an interview with the UAE state-owned Wam […]

Fakeeh IPO

Institutions snap up share of Fakeeh Care Group IPO in minutes

Institutional investors snapped up their slice of shares in the Saudi healthcare conglomerate Fakeeh Care Group within minutes of the start of the book-building process for the company’s IPO. Fakeeh Care Group, which was founded in Jeddah in 1978, has set the price range for its initial public offering (IPO) at between SAR53 ($14.13) and […]

An investor looks at a screen in Dubai Financial Market. Spinneys received over $19 billion in orders for its $375 million IPO

Hope for more private UAE listings follows Spinneys IPO

The record-breaking interest in supermarket giant Spinneys’ upcoming listing on the Dubai Financial Market could start a rush of private listings in the UAE, industry experts have predicted. The country’s privatisation strategy has led to a raft of government-owned entities being listed on the Dubai and Abu Dhabi stock exchanges. Last year there were 48 […]

Goldsmiths arrange products in a jewellery store in Istanbul. Demand for gold is rising sharply in Turkey

Demand for gold soars as Turkish investors seek safe haven

Rampant inflation, a weakening currency and geopolitical tensions are boosting demand for gold in Turkey, according to a World Gold Council report published on Tuesday. Turkey’s annual inflation hit a 16-month peak of 69 percent in March, with the central bank’s aggressive interest rate rises doing little to slow the pace of consumer price increases. […]