SABIC: GAS LIMITING
Petrochemicals giant Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) is finding it very hard to grow within Saudi Arabia because of a shortage of natural gas, its chief executive said on Sunday.
Mohamed al-Mady was speaking to reporters after the company reported that net profit slipped 1.8 percent from a year earlier in the first quarter of this year as lower product prices offset rises in production and sales volumes.
"The shortage of gas and many sectors competing for it have made internal expansion very hard," Mady said.
However, he noted that SABIC had several domestic projects under construction, including a synthetic rubber plant at its KEMYA joint venture that would come on line in two to three years.
He also said SABIC had studies underway on possible mega-projects in Saudi Arabia, North America and China, including potential projects involving shale gas in North America. "These are all studies and you will hear of the results soon."
"We are talking with a number of potential partners in the U.S. for investment in shale gas," he added without giving a specific time frame for any deals. "The cost of shale gas is reasonable compared to oil or alternative materials like coal or solar power."
Chief financial officer Mutlaq al-Morished said that so far SABIC had no plans for bond or sukuk issues, but would conduct them if the need arose.
A SABIC official said early last year that the company planned to issue sukuk late in 2013 or in 2014 to fund coming projects.
|June, 18, 14:30:00|
|June, 18, 14:25:00|
|June, 18, 14:20:00|
|June, 18, 14:15:00|
|June, 18, 14:10:00|
|June, 18, 14:05:00|
IMF - Within the next few years, the U.S. economy is expected to enter its longest expansion in recorded history. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the approved increase in spending are providing a significant boost to the economy. We forecast growth of close to 3 percent this year but falling from that level over the medium-term. In my discussions with Secretary Mnuchin he was clear that he regards our medium-term outlook as too pessimistic. Frankly, I hope he is right. That would be good for both the U.S. and the world economy.
IMF - The near-term outlook for the U.S. economy is one of strong growth and job creation. Unemployment is already near levels not seen since the late 1960s and growth is set to accelerate, aided by a near-term fiscal stimulus, a welcome recovery of private investment, and supportive financial conditions. These positive outturns have supported, and been reinforced by, a favorable external environment with a broad-based pick up in global activity. Next year, the U.S. economy is expected to mark the longest expansion in its recorded history. The balance of evidence suggests that the U.S. economy is beyond full employment.
U.S. FRB - Industrial production edged down 0.1 percent in May after rising 0.9 percent in April. Manufacturing production fell 0.7 percent in May, largely because truck assemblies were disrupted by a major fire at a parts supplier. Excluding motor vehicles and parts, factory output moved down 0.2 percent. The index for mining rose 1.8 percent, its fourth consecutive month of growth; the output of utilities moved up 1.1 percent. At 107.3 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production was 3.5 percent higher in May than it was a year earlier. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector decreased 0.2 percentage point in May to 77.9 percent, a rate that is 1.9 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2017) average.
IMF - South Africa’s potential is significant, yet growth over the past five years has not benefitted from the global recovery. The economy is globally positioned, sophisticated, and diversified, and several sectors—agribusiness, mining, manufacturing, and services—have capacity for expansion. Combined with strong institutions and a young workforce, opportunities are vast. However, several constraints have held growth back. Policy uncertainty and a regulatory environment not conducive to private investment have resulted in GDP growth rates that have not kept up with those of population growth, reducing income per capita, and hurting disproportionately the poor.