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Markaz: COVID-19 takes a toll on Kuwait banking driven by macro uncertainties and lower asset quality
Published: 07 - Sep - 2020 Read More
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Markaz: Propelled by vaccine hopes and positive sentiments, Kuwait and GCC markets continue their upward march
Published: 03 - Sep - 2020 Read More
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Markaz: GCC stocks in financial and real estate sectors most impacted by COVID-19, consumer non-cyclicals and utilities most resilient
Published: 31 - Aug - 2020 Read More
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Markaz: COVID-19 takes a toll on Kuwait banking driven by macro uncertainties and lower asset quality

07 - Sep - 2020

A new report recently released by Kuwait Financial Centre “Markaz” has stated that Kuwait’s banking system would continue to face pressure in terms of profitability and asset quality for the rest of the year. Titled ‘Kuwait Banking Sector Outlook 2020 – Asset quality under pressure as operating environment turns challenging,’ the report discusses in depth about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on key factors such as credit demand, deposit growth and net interest margin for the banking sector. It also captures the impact on non-performing loans (NPLs) and the prospects of profitability of Kuwaiti banks for the next few quarters....

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Markaz: Propelled by vaccine hopes and positive sentiments, Kuwait and GCC markets continue their upward march

03 - Sep - 2020

Kuwait Financial Centre “Markaz” recently released its Monthly Markets Review report for the month of August, 2020. Markaz report stated that the GCC equity markets extended their positive run for the fifth consecutive month in August, aided by positive sentiments and gains in oil prices. ...

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Markaz: GCC stocks in financial and real estate sectors most impacted by COVID-19, consumer non-cyclicals and utilities most resilient

31 - Aug - 2020

Kuwait Financial Centre “Markaz” recently released its report titled ‘Pandemic Resistant GCC Stocks’. Markaz report stated that, the year 2020 has been a difficult one for GCC Stock markets and companies. Coronavirus outbreak had the investors reeling as markets globally plunged. GCC markets were no different as the benchmark index - S&P GCC Composite lost 15% for the year until July-end. As investors await earnings report to understand the full picture of business implications, Markaz analyzed the stock performance to separate the winners and losers in the GCC markets....

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“Markaz” sells an industrial property in Reno and further strengthens its track record in the US Market

30 - Aug - 2020

Kuwait Financial Centre K.P.S.C “Markaz” announced the sale of Longley Commerce Center in Reno, Nevada. Launched in March 2018, the investment involves the acquisition and development of a greenfield land parcel into a 270,975 square foot Class A industrial property. Exceeding promised returns, Markaz continues to outperform with a weighted IRR of 17.6% across the current cycle further strengthening our track record....

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Markaz: The Financials, Industrials, Insurance and Utilities sectors witnessed the highest number of transactions in Q2-2020

25 - Aug - 2020

UAE’s utilities sector leads the top GCC M&A transactions during Q2 2020 as per a report recently issued by the Investment Banking Department at Kuwait Financial Centre “Markaz”. The National Central Cooling Company acquired an 80% stake in Emaar Properties’ district cooling business for a total consideration of USD 675.2 million. The Dubai-based business has a total capacity of 150,000 refrigeration tons, all of which will be distributed through three cooling plants. It is worth noting that a refrigeration ton is a unit of power that measures the heat-extraction capacity of a refrigeration and/or air conditioning equipment....

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