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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 20th June 2019).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD661 (+0.8%) / $712 (+0.8%) (weekly change) (+0.3% and +0.2% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 6.2 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD4.8 bn ($3.9 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • ISX will suspend trading of Ashur International Bank for Investment (BASH) starting Jul. 2, 2019 due to the GA that will be held on Jul. 7, 2019 to elect 7 original and 7 alternative board members. The company will resume trading on Jul. 8, 2019.
  • Baghdad Soft Drinks (IBSD) resumed trading on Jun. 20, 2019 after discussing and approving 2018 annual financial results and distributing 10% cash dividend (IQD0.10 dividend per share, 2.9% dividend yield).
  • ISX suspended trading of Al-Ameen Estate Investment (SAEI) starting Jun. 19, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jun. 24, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Al-Ameen Financial Investment (VAMF) resumed trading on Jun. 18, 2019 after discussing and approving 2018 annual results.
  • Al-Khatem Telecom (TZNI) resumed trading on Jun. 16, 2019 after discussing and approving 2017 and 2018 annual financial reports and deciding to distribute 3.27% cash dividend (IQD0.0327 dividend per share, 1.2% dividend yield).
  • ISX suspended trading of National Bank of Iraq (BNOI) starting Jun. 16, 2019 due to the AGM* that was held on Jun. 19, 2019 to discuss and approve 2018 annual financial results.
  • Cross Transactions: 188.2 mn shares of Cihan Bank for Islamic and Finance (BCIH) on Jun. 17, 2019, which represents 0.1% of BCIH capital.

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 20th June 2019).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD661 (+0.8%) / $712 (+0.8%) (weekly change) (+0.3% and +0.2% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 6.2 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD4.8 bn ($3.9 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • ISX will suspend trading of Ashur International Bank for Investment (BASH) starting Jul. 2, 2019 due to the GA that will be held on Jul. 7, 2019 to elect 7 original and 7 alternative board members. The company will resume trading on Jul. 8, 2019.
  • Baghdad Soft Drinks (IBSD) resumed trading on Jun. 20, 2019 after discussing and approving 2018 annual financial results and distributing 10% cash dividend (IQD0.10 dividend per share, 2.9% dividend yield).
  • ISX suspended trading of Al-Ameen Estate Investment (SAEI) starting Jun. 19, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jun. 24, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Al-Ameen Financial Investment (VAMF) resumed trading on Jun. 18, 2019 after discussing and approving 2018 annual results.
  • Al-Khatem Telecom (TZNI) resumed trading on Jun. 16, 2019 after discussing and approving 2017 and 2018 annual financial reports and deciding to distribute 3.27% cash dividend (IQD0.0327 dividend per share, 1.2% dividend yield).
  • ISX suspended trading of National Bank of Iraq (BNOI) starting Jun. 16, 2019 due to the AGM* that was held on Jun. 19, 2019 to discuss and approve 2018 annual financial results.
  • Cross Transactions: 188.2 mn shares of Cihan Bank for Islamic and Finance (BCIH) on Jun. 17, 2019, which represents 0.1% of BCIH capital.

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 13th June 2019).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD657 (-1.5%) / $706 (-1.7%) (weekly change) (-0.4% and -0.5% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 9.2 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD9.8 bn ($8.1 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • The Light Industries (ITLI) will hold an AGM* on Jul. 4, 2019 to discuss and approve 2014, 2015 and 2016 annual financial results. The company has been suspended since Jul. 13, 2016 for not disclosing financial results by an ISC decision.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Palestine Hotel (HPAL) starting Jun. 23, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jun. 26, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Al-Khatem Telecoms (TZNI) will resume trading on Jun. 16, 2019 after discussing and approving 2017 and 2018 annual financial reports and deciding to distribute 3% cash dividend (IQD0.03 dividend per share, 1.1% dividend yield). The opening price will be IQD2.67 with +/-20% change.
  • Subscription on IQD150 bn shares of International Islamic Bank (BINT) will be extended 60 days starting Jun. 16, 2019 to increase the capital from IQD100 bn to IQD250 bn through 150% rights issue.
  • ISX suspended trading of Al-Ameen Financial Investment (VAMF) starting Jun. 11, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jun. 16, 2019 to discuss and approve 2018 annual results.
  • Al Taif Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BTIB), with a capital of IQD100 bn, has completed the transferring procedures from money transfer company into an Islamic bank. The bank will start trading after depositing and activating 5% of the listed shares or after 21 days of depositing the company’s shares.
  • ISX suspended trading of Baghdad Soft Drinks (IBSD) starting Jun. 10, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jun. 13, 2019 to discuss and approve 2018 annual financial results and increasing the company’s capital through bonus issue.

By Ahmed Tabaqchali, CIO of Asia Frontier Capital (AFC) Iraq Fund.

Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

The market finally woke up from its multi-month slumber, increasing by +14.7% for the month as measured by the Rabee Securities RSISUSD Index, in the process turning the year’s loss of -11.8% as the end of April into a gain of +1.2%.

The market’s turnover, while promising relative to the recent past, is still low relative to the last five years since the market’s peak. While, the average daily turnover increased +83% from April’s dismal levels, yet it is only about +11% above the average of the last year, which in turn was a low turnover year, as can be seen from the chart below.

(Source: Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX), Rabee Securities, Asia Frontier Capital

However, within the relatively low turnover, the market saw a return of its animal spirts in the form of a stunning rally in the Bank of Baghdad (BBOB) which was up +62.5% for the month.  Other leading banks rose such as the National Bank of Iraq (BNOI) +31.0%, Mansour Bank (BMNS) +20.0%, and Commercial Bank of Iraq (BCOI) +10.0%. Other stocks joined the rally with telecom operator Asiacell (TASC) +14.6% and Pepsi bottler Baghdad Soft Drinks (IBSD) +7.0%. Part of the catalyst for the banking sector’s rise was the end of foreign selling as covered here in the last few months, plus the emergence of modest foreign inflows in a number of leading banks such as BBOB and BMNS. The inflows were small, as can be seen from below, nevertheless the combined impacts of increasing foreign inflows vs. decreasing foreign outflows had an oversized positive influence.

(Source: Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX), Asia Frontier Capital)

However, the local buying was driven by more than just foreign inflows. BBOB reported earnings figures for the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, which were mostly in-line with the bank’s 2018 numbers (covered last month) and still pointing to the potential for a gradual recovery in the sector. Yet, the focus of local attention was Q1’s net profit equalling about 72% of 2018’s net profit which led to hopes that the bank would distribute dividends unlike last year. Last year’s decision not distribute dividends, as sound financially as it was, soured the local mood on the stock, which was made worse by the same locals absorbing massive amounts of foreign selling as covered here in August 2018. That souring led to a long spell of continuous price declines for BBOB, dragging the sector with it, which seems to have come to an end this month. While, the conditions are in place for the sector to recover, yet it is still too early in the year to judge the likelihood of the bank distributing dividends, especially given the size of its non-performing loans (NPL’s) and the potential need for provisions.  Rabee Securities reports that BBOB’s NPL’s stood at 81.6% of gross loans at the end of Q1/2019, but it should be pointed out that BBOB has been aggressively shrinking its loan book over the last few years making a bad ratio much worse.

Meanwhile, the latest data from the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) lend support to the early leading indicators of the return to liquidity, discussed here over the last few months. In particular, by the end of the third week of April, the IQD Current Account component of banks’ reserves with the CBI (a key component of the monetary base M0, and a function of customer deposits with banks) showed increased acceleration from the prior report (chart below), arguing for continued future growth in M0 and ultimately broad money M2 (a proxy for economic growth).

(Source: Central Bank of Iraq, Asia Frontier Capital)

(Note: M0 as of Mar, IQD C/A component of bank’s reserves as end of third week of Apr)

The same CBI update, however, slightly lowered earlier reported figures for M0 for March, and M2 for January, but provided a slightly higher figure for M2 in February than estimated here. Together these necessitated a lowering of the estimates for M2 multiplier figures for March made here. The upshot is the estimated M2 year over year growth in March is now about +8.3% and not about +10.1% as reported last month (chart below). Continued strength in oil exports and higher oil prices in April and May, led to more growth in government revenues, which should continue to feed into increased liquidity in the economy.

(Source: Central Bank of Iraq, Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, Asia Frontier Capital)

(Note: M2 as of Feb with AFC est.’s for Mar; Oil revenues as of May)

After, what seems like forever, it’s looking increasingly likely that year-over-year growth in M2 is finally tracking increasing oil revenues, however, more data points are needed before this short-term trend can become sustainable. Especially, that it’s unlikely that future data will show the same acceleration seen so far, and revisions to CBI data could lower reported figures for M0 and M2. However, the signs continue to point to increased liquidity and down the road an economic pickup. This is mostly, due to the central role of the government’s spending on the non-oil economy- the lack of which over the last years goes a long towards explaining the divergence of M2 from oil revenues. This was particularly so because of the political paralysis before, during, and after the May 2018 parliamentary elections, resulting in a government inaction that would have ended in March as the 2019 budget was only passed into law in late February.

The silver lining of the lack of government spending has been the steady growth in the budget surplus to an estimated 26-month cumulative surplus of USD 25.8 bln by end of February. The 2019 budget’s non-oil investment programme at about USD 12.5 bln is equivalent to about a 7.5% stimulus to the estimated non-oil GDP for 2019. While it is highly unlikely that this would be immediately spent, yet the spending should start with a trickle in the following months but grow as investment spending gets underway and ultimately would lead to a sustained economic recovery.

Nowhere is this dynamic more pronounced than in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) that experienced a much sharper boom and bust cycle than the country as whole. The KRI’s prosperity came to an end in early 2014 following disputes, over the KRI’s independent oil exports, between the federal Government of Iraq (GoI) and the semi-autonomous region’s government (the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)). The disputes led to the GoI cutting the KRI’s share of the federal budget, which the KRG could not cover with its independent oil exports especially as oil prices collapsed in the wake of the ISIS conflict. This led to sharp cuts in the KRG’s spending on public employee salaries and government spending on investments and infrastructure. The cuts were made worse by the proximity to the conflict as business spending, trade flows and other economic activity came to a standstill. The upshot is the KRI’s non-oil GDP would have contracted much more sharply than that of the country’s non-oil GDP contractions of -3.9%, -9.6% and -8.1% for 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively; nor would it have stabilised in 2017 as the country’s non-oil GDP did.

These negative developments, came to an end in early 2018, as the GoI resumed partial payments to the KRI from its share of the federal budget, which increased meaningfully in March 2019 as the GoI began to implement the 2019 federal budget (the budget as mentioned earlier came into law in February, and was an expansionary budget). Coupled with increasing independent KRI oil exports and higher oil prices, the KRG resumed full public employee salary payments and even started making payments to contractors that were stopped during the crisis. The effects on the region’s economy, while too early to report on, should be an amplified recovery of that of the country as a whole.

A glimpse into that amplified effect, can be seen in the 2018 annual report for the KRI’s strongest bank, Kurdistan International Islamic Bank (BKUI). While, the bank’s earnings were down -82.9% year-over-year in 2018, vs. year-over-year changes of -11.7% and +11.2% in 2017 and 2016 respectively. The 2018’s earnings decline was due to BKUI’s dependence on FX margins to sustain its income during the contraction in economic activity of the prior years, but the collapse in FX margins witnessed in 2018 brought that to an end. Yet, the main feature to note was the year-over-year growth in customer deposits (consumers, businesses and government) of +86.2 % in 2018 following multi-year declines. Within that, consumer and business deposits grew +56.0% pointing to the improving financial health of the KRI’s consumers and businesses, implying a future potential pick-up in economic activity as a result of this improved health.

The continued signs of economic recovery, still mixed as they are in this early stage, continue to underscore the opportunity to acquire attractive assets that have yet to discount a sustainable economic recovery. On the other hand, the market’s strong recovery in May on low turnover continues to suggest that a long consolidation period and a significant recovery in turnover are needed before this recovery can become sustainable.

Please click here to download Ahmed Tabaqchali’s full report in pdf format.

Mr Tabaqchali (@AMTabaqchali) is the CIO of the AFC Iraq Fund, and is an experienced capital markets professional with over 25 years’ experience in US and MENA markets. He is a non-resident Fellow at the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at AUIS. He is a board member of the Credit Bank of Iraq.

His comments, opinions and analyses are personal views and are intended to be for informational purposes and general interest only and should not be construed as individual investment advice or a recommendation or solicitation to buy, sell or hold any fund or security or to adopt any investment strategy. It does not constitute legal or tax or investment advice. The information provided in this material is compiled from sources that are believed to be reliable, but no guarantee is made of its correctness, is rendered as at publication date and may change without notice and it is not intended as a complete analysis of every material fact regarding Iraq, the region, market or investment.

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 30th May 2019).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD666 (+4.0%) / $718 (+4.2%) (weekly change) (+1.1% and +1.2% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 8.2 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD4.8 bn ($4.0 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • The Board of Directors of the initiative of Tamkeen, sponsored by the Central Bank of Iraq and financed by banks and exchange companies and under the supervision of the Association of Iraqi private banks, agreed to finance a number of industrial projects and initiatives in Muthanna province in the field of plastic and food industries and others. This comes in support of the economic reality and the alleviation of the unemployment rate in the province. It is worth mentioning that this initiative works to finance various industrial, service, environmental and social projects, and is distributed among all Iraqi governorates. (CBI.iq)
  • ISX will suspend trading of Al-Ameen Estate Investment (SAEI) starting Jun. 19, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jun. 24, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Iraqi for Tufted Carpets (IITC) starting Jun. 13, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jun. 18, 2019 to discuss and approve 2018 annual financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Baghdad Soft Drinks (IBSD) starting Jun. 10, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jun. 24, 2019 to discuss and approve 2018 annual financial results and increasing the company’s capital through bonus issue.

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 23rd May 2019).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD640 (+3.0%) / $689 (+3.0%) (weekly change) (-2.9% and -2.9% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 9.4 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD3.2 bn ($2.6 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • ISX will suspend trading of Al-Khatem Telecoms (TZNI) starting May. 27, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on May. 30, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 and 2018 annual financial reports.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Al-Wiaam for Financial Investment (VWIF) starting May. 27, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on May. 30, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial report.
  • National Household Furniture Industry (IHFI) will resume trading on May. 26, 2019 due to disclosing its 2018 annual financial results. The opening price will be IQD0.90 with +/-50% change.
  • AL-Sadeer Hotel (HSAD) completed the legal procedures to increase capital from IQD1.239 bn to IQD1.735 bn through 40% rights issue.
  • Region Trade Bank for Investment and Finance (BRTB) completed the procedures of increasing the bank’s original and alternative members from 5 to 7 members.
  • New shares of Dar Al-Salam for Insurance (NDSA) from the capital increase to IQD7.0 bn through 40% rights issue resumed trading on May. 22, 2019.
  • Iraqi for Seed Production (AISP) resumed trading on May. 21, 2019 due to disclosing 2018 annual financial results.
  • Procedures of Al-Bilad Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BLAD) have been completed to change the bank’s name to Al-Ataa Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance.
  • According to the Board of Insurance, Ahliya for Insurance (NAHF) resumed trading on May. 19, 2019.

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 16th May 2019).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD622 (+4.3%) / $669 (+4.3%) (weekly change) (-5.7% and -5.7% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 7.1 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD2.6 bn ($2.1 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • Fallujah for Construction Materials (IFCM) will hold an AGM* on May. 29, 2019 to discuss and approve 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 annual financial results. The company has been suspended from trading since Jul. 6, 2015 by an ISC decision due to not disclosing 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 annual financial results.
  • According to the Board of Insurance, Ahliya for Insurance (NAHF) will resume trading on Sunday (May. 19, 2019).
  • Dar Al-Salam for Insurance (NDSA) completed its capital increase procedures from IQD5.0 bn to IQD7.0 bn through 40% rights issue.
  • Babylon Hotel (HBAY) invited its shareholders on May. 14, 2019 to receive their cash dividend for the years between 1997 and 2001 as well as the year of 2016.

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 9th May 2019).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD596 (+1.8%) / $642 (+1.8%) (weekly change) (-9.6% and -9.6% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 7.5 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD4.0 bn ($3.3 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • Ready-Made Clothes (IRMC) invited its shareholders to receive their cash dividend (5% cash dividend, IQD0.05 dividend per share) starting May. 12, 2019.
  • According to the Board of Insurance, Gulf Insurance and Reinsurance (NGIR) will resume trading on May. 12, 2019 due to the company’s commitment to the Board of Insurance’s letter.
  • Al-Mansour Bank (BMNS) invited its shareholders to receive their cash dividend (7% cash dividend, IQD0.07 dividend per share) starting May. 8, 2019.
  • Al-Khazer for Construction Materials (IKHC) resumed trading on May. 6, 2019 due to disclosing 2018 annual financial results.
  • Kurdistan International Islamic Bank (BKUI) resumed trading on May. 5, 2019 after electing 4 original and 7 alternative board members.

By Ahmed Tabaqchali, CIO of Asia Frontier Capital (AFC) Iraq Fund.

Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

The market, as measured by the Rabee Securities RSISUSD Index, increased by +2.5% in April, bringing the YTD decline to -11.8%. Average daily turnover, excluding block transactions, declined -32% from the prior month, and at 60% of the average turnover for the last 12 months, is the second lowest for the period. Foreign selling, the cause of the last few weeks’ declines, seems to have exhausted itself (chart below) and in the process prices lifted higher.

(Source: Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX), Asia Frontier Capital)

The early signs of the return of the liquidity to the real economy, reported here over the last few months, are becoming more convincing as the healing effects of increasing oil revenues are continuing to filter down into the broader economy. The continued recovery in broad money, i.e. M2 as a proxy for economic activity, is adding to this conviction due to its sensitivity to oil revenues (chart below)- given the central role of government’s spending on non-oil economic activity.

(Source: Central Bank of Iraq, Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, Asia Frontier Capital)

(Note: M2 as of Jan with AFC est.’s for Feb & Mar; Oil revenues as of Mar with AFC est.’s for Apr)

Driving this recovery in M2 has been the growth of monetary base, or M0, which in turn has been based on the growth in one its two main components “Iraqi Dinar (IQD) current account (C/A) component of banks’ reserves with the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI)” as can be seen in the chart below. The recovery of this component of M0 is a direct result of the growth of customer deposits (consumers, businesses and government) held with banks.

(Source: Central Bank of Iraq, Asia Frontier Capital)

(Note: M0 as of Mar, IQD C/A component of bank’s reserves as of late Apr)

The estimated increase in M2 (prior chart) for March is based on recent M2/M0 multiplier figures and actual increases in M0 for the month. Persistent growth as of late April in IQD Current Account component of banks’ reserves with the CBI (a function of sustained growth in customer deposits with banks) is an early indicator for a continued recovery of M0 and hence in M2 in April (above chart). However, more data over the next few months is needed to establish if this trend is sustainable.

Supporting this growth in customers deposits are the 2018 results for the Bank of Baghdad (BBOB) which showed the first year-over-year growth in customer deposits following their peak in 2014. While BBOB’s year-over-year deposit growth at +5.2% is a far cry from the +25.8% growth reported by the Bank of Mansour (BMN), never-the-less, it was a function of corporate customers deposit growth. Moreover, BBOB’s provision expenses decreased contributing to an overall decline in total provisions (ex-income tax) of -2.3%. Combined they indicates that the macro forces which contributed to BMNS’s recovery, as discussed last month, are spreading to the sector as a whole and should therefore create the conditions for a recovery in the sector.

However, BBOB doesn’t enjoy the same financial strength as BMNS, which is a function of BBOB’s heady expansion during the boom years up to 2014, which among other things resulted in a large loan book relative to other banks, and hence exposure to riskier loans. Growth for BBOB took a back seat while management’s focus over the last few years was on addressing the company specific issues and structural weaknesses that were exposed by the pains of 2014-2017, including the crush in FX margins witnessed in 2018. This can be seen through the other metrics for BBOB in that while its assets and equity increased by +2.1% and +0.2% respectively in 2018 over 2017, its loan book and interest income declined by -4.7% and -38.0% respectively. The decline in its interest income was made worse by the decline in interest earned from government bonds and deposits with the CBI. BBOB’s challenges during the years of contraction were explored here in August.

Finally, mobile operator AsiaCell (TASC) leverage to the economic recovery was confirmed by its continued confidence in its future outlook with a distribution of a 12% dividend. This comes on the back of last year’s 12% dividend and the prior year’s 14% dividend.

The continued signs of economic recovery, mixed as they are in as this early stage, underscore the opportunity to acquire attractive assets that have yet to discount a sustainable economic recovery. On the other hand, the market’s recovery in April on low turnover suggest that a long consolidation and a significant recovery in turnover are needed before it can embark on the next move.

Please click here to download Ahmed Tabaqchali’s full report in pdf format.

Mr Tabaqchali (@AMTabaqchali) is the CIO of the AFC Iraq Fund, and is an experienced capital markets professional with over 25 years’ experience in US and MENA markets. He is a non-resident Fellow at the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at AUIS. He is a board member of the Credit Bank of Iraq.

His comments, opinions and analyses are personal views and are intended to be for informational purposes and general interest only and should not be construed as individual investment advice or a recommendation or solicitation to buy, sell or hold any fund or security or to adopt any investment strategy. It does not constitute legal or tax or investment advice. The information provided in this material is compiled from sources that are believed to be reliable, but no guarantee is made of its correctness, is rendered as at publication date and may change without notice and it is not intended as a complete analysis of every material fact regarding Iraq, the region, market or investment.

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 2nd May 2019).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD586 (+0.2%) / $630 (+0.2%) (weekly change) (-11.2% and -11.3% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 1.5 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD1.1 bn ($0.9 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • Iraqi Carton Manufactories (IICM) will hold an AGM* on May. 9, 2019 to discuss and approve 2016 annual financial results. The company has been suspended from trading since Aug. 6, 2017 due to not disclosing 2016 and 2017 annual financial results.
  • Asiacell (TASC) invited its shareholders to receive their cash dividend (100% cash dividend, 12.2% dividend yield) starting May 2, 2019.
  • ISX suspended trading of Kurdistan International Islamic Bank (BKUI) starting Apr. 29, 2019 due to the GA that will be held on May. 4, 2019 to elect 4 original and 7 alternative board members. The bank will resume trading on May. 5, 2019.