GCC Investors Pour Cash From Oil Revenues Into Equities.Investors in the six Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC GCC: see Gulf Cooperation Council.
(compiler, programming) GCC - The GNU Compiler Collection, which currently contains front ends for C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada, as well as libraries for these languages (libstdc++, libgcj, etc). ) states are pouring liquidity from soaring oil prices into equities, with at least a dozen initial public offerings (IPOs) and rights issues ready to hit the region's market shortly.
The new issues are likely to mobilise some $3.1 billion in 2004 compared to less than $1 billion in 2003. It is estimated that, by the end of 2005, some $9 billion will be raised through several IPOs in the six GCC states. The oil boom this time is quite difference from the one in the 1970s, when huge amounts of cash used to be pumped to the West - mainly the US - for investment in stocks and real estate as well as treasury bills.
On Nov. 20, Agence France-Presse Agence France-Presse (AFP)
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In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. investment opportunities that are coming in the form of equities.
"Share dealing has made big leaps across the Arab Gulf states due to high profits of the trading firms as a result of an upswing in the economy, strong oil prices and high public and private spending".
Some share yields have exceeded 4%, while interest rates on deposits do not exceed 1.5%. And the recent IPOs have all been heavily over-subscribed.
In Saudi Arabia, the Sahara Petrochemical Company's IPO (Initial Public Offering) The first time a company offers shares of stock to the public. While not a computer term per se, many founders, employees and insiders of computer companies have found this acronym more exciting than any tech term they ever heard. was over-subscribed. Sahara, controlled by the Al-Zamil industrialist family, was established in early 2004. Its SR300 million ($80 million) IPO, representing 20% of its share capital, was over-subscribed 22 times. The sale was managed by the Consulting Centre for Finance & Investment (see gmt21cNov22).
In the UAE (Uninterruptible Application Error) The name given to a crash in Windows 3.0. In subsequent versions of Windows, a crash was called a "General Protection Fault," "Application Error" or "Illegal Operation." See crash in Windows and abend. alone, the IPOs of Amlak Finance, Finance House and Arabian Technical Construction were over-subscribed 33, 78 and 64 times, respectively.
The Ettihad Etisalat Consortium, the second mobile phone operator in Saudi Arabia, raised $267 million after recently floating 20% of its stock.
Saudi economist Ihsan Bu Hulaiga was quoted by AFP as saying: "The stampede by investors for shares is also to take advantage of record corporate performance and the psychological fears of investing abroad. The primary market activity has been spurred by the secondary market performances in the past three to four years".
Bu Hulaiga added that most of the listed companies "have posted impressive profits with healthy returns. However, post-Sept. 11  fears still persist and Gulf investors now prefer to invest at home rather than in the US".
Dabbas said capital flow from GCC states to other markets is very slow, adding: "There is this sentiment, not only in the Gulf but across the Arab world, about investing in domestic markets. Investors fear their money could at any time be frozen in the US or some other market".
Buoyed by the success of the recent IPOs and given the growing appetite for stocks, a string of new IPOs are in the offing coming; arriving in the foreseeable future.
visible but not nearby.
See also: Offing Offing . Of these, two in the UAE have already opened - the $18.75 million Salam Bank and $224 million Addar Real Estate Company IPOs. Two more due to be staged in the UAE before end-2004 are $300 million by Damas Jewellery and $100 million by Emirates Foodstuffs foodstuffs npl → comestibles mpl
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In early 2005, there will also be the partial sale of Kuwait Finance House, the main Islamic bank in the oil-rich emirate e·mir·ate
1. The office of an emir.
2. The nation or territory ruled by an emir.
Noun 1. emirate - the domain controlled by an emir , totalling $1 billion. Also expected next year is a $400 million IPO by Saudi Arabia's Al-Bilad Bank.
There will be increased GCC opportunities in 2005, with more IPOs and at least eight planned privatisation projects totalling some $2.6 bn set to take place. State-controlled QatarGas, Bahrain Telecommunications Co. and courier major Aramex are all selling stakes.
The resurgence of IPOs in the GCC markets is the by-product by·prod·uct or by-prod·uct
1. Something produced in the making of something else.
2. A secondary result; a side effect.
1. of several factors. The recent economic optimism and strong performance of the Arab stock markets has boosted investor confidence in the domestic stock market and increased their appetite for listed shares, including new issues.
Secondly, the regulatory changes expected to take place bode well for the future of the IPO market.
GCC markets are awash with liquidity and companies have sensed the sentiments of investors who are starved of investment opportunities. Hence, so many IPOs. For companies to compete and be well capitalised there is no way but to increase their capital through public issues.
In Iran, meanwhile, there is no boom and the huge amounts of oil revenues pouring into the theocracy theocracy
Government by divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. In many theocracies, government leaders are members of the clergy, and the state's legal system is based on religious law. Theocratic rule was typical of early civilizations. have not improved socio-economic conditions.