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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 23rd January 2020).

Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes.

The RSISX index ended the week at IQD625 (-4.4%) / $663 (-4.4%) (weekly change) (-5.2% and -5.4% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 7.7 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD30.2 bn ($24.7 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • ISX will suspend trading of United Bank (BUND) starting Sunday Jan. 26, 2020 if the company fails to explain why the prices touched the lower limit on Jan. 22, 2020 and Jan. 23, 2020.
  • Al-Mosul for Funfairs (SMOF) will hold a GA on Feb. 12, 2020 to discuss the utilization of the external expansion land with an area of 36 acres in a long-term rental method for a period of 22 years. The company will not be suspended from trading.
  • The depositing procedures of Al Mustashar Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BMUI) started on Jan. 22, 2020. The company will start trading on Feb. 12, 2020.
  • The depositing procedures of Ibdaa Al-Sharq Al-Awsat General Contracting & Investment (SIBD) started on Jan. 19, 2020. The company will start trading on Feb. 9, 2020.
  • ISX will suspend trading of International Islamic Bank (BINT) starting Jan. 28, 2020 due to the GA that will be held on Feb. 2, 2020 to discuss merging with Ur Islamic Bank. The bank will keep its name. BINT will also discuss to increase the capital from IQD100 bn to IQD250 bn through selling its shares to the Turkish Company “Bayt Al-Tamweel – House of Fund International Company” without having to put the shares for public subscription according to article 56/ forth.
  • Al Mustashar Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BMUI) completed the procedures of its capital increase from IQD100 bn to IQD150 bn, and 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 Iraqi Middle East Investment Bank (BIME) starting Jan. 21, 2020 due to the AGM that will be held on Jan. 25, 2020 to discuss and approve 2017 and 2018 annual financial statements.
  • Al-Ameen Estate Investment (SAEI) will hold a GA on Feb. 3, 2020 to discuss the process of selling the company’s properties located in Baghdad. The company will not be suspended from trading.
  • Region Trade Bank for Investment and Finance (BRTB) resumed trading on Jan. 19, 2020 due to fulfilling ISX request to provide its quarterly financial statements.
  • Al Taif Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BTIB) invited the community / people for the public subscription.
  • Cross transactions: 2.4 bn shares of Asiacell (TASC) on Jan. 21, 2020, which represents 0.8% of TASC’s capital.

By John Lee.

Iraq has reportedly approved contracts in a fifth bidding round for gas exploration contracts.

According to Reuters, the exploration deals relate to the development of fields in the eastern governate of Diyala that are expected to produce more than 750 million cubic feet of natural gas within 3 years.

The contracts have been criticised by IBN Expert Blogger Ahmed Mousa Jiyad – https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2018/05/16/5th-round-oil-licences-poor-management-dubious-contracts-bad-results/

(Source: Reuters)

By John Lee.

Iraq has reportedly approved contracts in a fifth bidding round for gas exploration contracts.

According to Reuters, the exploration deals relate to the development of fields in the eastern governate of Diyala that are expected to produce more than 750 million cubic feet of natural gas within 3 years.

The contracts have been criticised by IBN Expert Blogger Ahmed Mousa Jiyad – https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2018/05/16/5th-round-oil-licences-poor-management-dubious-contracts-bad-results/

(Source: Reuters)

By John Lee.

Iraq has reportedly approved contracts in a fifth bidding round for gas exploration contracts.

According to Reuters, the exploration deals relate to the development of fields in the eastern governate of Diyala that are expected to produce more than 750 million cubic feet of natural gas within 3 years.

The contracts have been criticised by IBN Expert Blogger Ahmed Mousa Jiyad – https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2018/05/16/5th-round-oil-licences-poor-management-dubious-contracts-bad-results/

(Source: Reuters)

By John Lee.

The trial has begun in London of three British businessmen accused of conspiring to pay bribes totalling $6m (£4.6m) to win contracts in Iraq worth $800 million.

According to the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Monaco-based Unaoil bribed Iraqi officials to help Dutch-based SBM Offshore [Single Buoy Moorings], and Singapore’s Leighton Offshore, to secure the contracts between 2005 and 2013.

The Guardian reports that Ziad Akle (44), Unaoil’s territory manager for Iraq, Stephen Whiteley (64), who was a vice-president at SBM until 2009 before joining Unaoil as its manager for Iraq, and Paul Bond (67) SBM’s sales manager for the Middle East, have all pleaded not guilty.

The trial is expected to last three months.

(Sources: The Guardian, Bloomberg)

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

Protest death toll surges as security forces resume brutal repression

Chilling eyewitness testimonies and verified video analysis by Amnesty International confirm that security forces have resumed their campaign of deadly violence against largely peaceful protesters in Baghdad and cities in southern Iraq, the organization has warned.

The crackdown on renewed protests from 20-22 January saw at least 10 people killed in Baghdad, Basra, Karbala and Diyala, according to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, while activists in Basra reported two additional deaths yesterday. Scores have been injured and arrested, with some subjected to torture and other ill-treatment in custody.

The organization’s Crisis Evidence Lab verified videos from several flashpoints in recent days, confirming live ammunition is once again being used against unarmed protesters, and the first use of deadly military-grade tear gas grenades observed since November.

More here.

(Source: Amnesty International)