Sarah Al Suhaimi, the chief executive of NCB Capital, the investment banking unit of National Commercial Bank, has become the first woman to chair The Saudi Stock Exchange, the largest bourse in the region.
Bahrain-based Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, has announced the successful listing of its Gulf Opportunity Fund I portfolio company, L'azurde Company for Jewellery on the Saudi Stock Exchange.
The opening of the Saudi Stock Exchange to foreign institutional investors in June has contributed significantly to the direction of private capital flows in the GCC region, a report said.
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The Saudi Stock Exchange opened to qualified foreign investors (QFI) for the first time one month ago, and is expecting increased involvement of international investors on the exchange as a result.
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The opening of Saudi Arabia's bourse to direct foreign investment may create billions of dollars of business but international banks and fund managers are cautious about expanding their operations in the kingdom.
The retailers listed in the Saudi stock exchange have reported a net profit of SR789.43 million ($210.41 million) for the first quarter of this year, an increase by SR45 million ($11.99 million) compared to the same period last year.
A regulatory drive to reduce the volatility around initial public offers of shares is bolstering the Saudi funds sector and also creating an opportunity for international investors to sidestep the kingdom's foreign ownership restrictions.
The hundreds of billions of dollars that would flow into investments in Saudi Arabia once its $530 billion capital market opens up is likely to give a major boost to the contribution from Mena, said an industry expert.
Saudi Arabia's market regulator will publish the final rules governing the opening of the kingdom's stock exchange to direct foreign investors by the end of April, a senior Saudi banker told Reuters.
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Alkhabeer Capital, a Saudi Arabia-based Islamic investment and advisory firm, plans to expand its discretionary management business and apply for a listing on the Saudi stock exchange later this year, its chief executive told Reuters.