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Increase in the financial disclosures’ anticipation and Wataniya mobile is officially in Gaza

2017-10-26

Sahem Weekly Trading Report (22-26)-10-2017

With the approaching end of the legal period granted to the listed companies to disclose their 9M 2017 financial data, Al-Quds Index was unable to progress further this week to breakthrough a new psychological barrier which led to lose a few points by -0.47% compared to its previous weekly closing level, to close at the level 575.07 points. In terms of liquidity, the trading movements relatively slowed parallel with the disclosure anticipation especially for the leading companies. However, the legal period ends with the end of October 2017, while the disclosures haven’t exceeded 50% out of 48 companies with the end of business week, whereby, the next week is expected to witness disclosures’ momentum that include some of the blue-chips and high turnover companies. In all cases, the expected 9M financial data will build more on what has been established by many of the Palestine Stock Exchange PEX’s constituents’ components.

Regarding the Blue-chips disclosure, the Arab Palestinian Investment Company APIC announced posting net income attributable to the shareholders of the parent company of $8.45 million in the first nine months of 2017; up by 28.95% than the corresponding period a year ago. This mainly followed the increase in sales profit. Based on the disclosed data, the company records a BV of $1.75  and P/BV of 1.12x. On the other hand, the Vegetable Oil Industries Company VOIC disclosed posting net income of JD5.50 million in 9M 2017, compared to net income of JD4.58 million in the same period a year ago. This mainly came from an increase in gross profits. According to the disclosed figures, the stock records BV of JD6.91 and P/BV of 1.66x.

Regarding the companies’ significant news, Wataniya Palestine Mobile Telecommunications WATANIYA has started its operations in Gaza Strip during the week after completing to enter all of its basic technical equipment in the first months of this year and building its network, while, the preparation to launch the 3G frequencies in the West Bank is still in process. However, entering Gaza Strip has many positive effects, including; breaking the siege imposed on Gaza and starting to invest in it, in addition to offering jobs to the people of Gaza who suffer from severe unemployment. On the other hand, WATANIYA disclosed its 9M financial data for 2017, noting realizing net loss of $1.80 million in the first nine months of 2017, compared to net income of $1.12 million in 9M 2016. This came despite an increase in gross profits and due to a growth in its expenses. According to the disclosure, the stock records BV of $0.26 and P/BV of 4.46x.

 


 

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