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Iraq Stock Market Report

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 10th January 2019).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD672 (+2.2%) / $723 (+2.0%) (weekly change) (+2.0% and +1.8% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 3.5 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD1.3 bn ($1.1 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • According to the ISX announcement, the opening price of the IQD5.0 mn class bonds (CB125) will be IQD5,314,321 on Sunday (Jan. 13, 2019). [Table: 1.9]
  • ISX will suspend trading of Ahliya for Insurance (NAHF) starting Jan. 16, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jan. 21, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Bain Al-Nahrain Investment (VMES) starting Jan. 13, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jan. 16, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of the following companies on Jan. 13, 2019 due to not disclosing their 3M18 financial results: BASH, HISH, SKTA, HASH, IICM, ITLI, IELI, IMPI, IHFI, IMCM, IFCM, IKHC, SBAG, SIGT and VKHF.
  • Babylon Hotel (HBAY) invited its shareholders on Jan. 9, 2019 to receive their 2016 cash dividend. The company decided in its AGM on Nov. 19, 2017 to distribute 20% cash dividend (IQD0.20 dividend per share).
  • ISX suspended trading of Commercial Bank of Iraq (BCOI) starting Jan. 8, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jan. 13, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Iraqi Agricultural Products and Marketing Meat (AIPM) resumed trading on Jan. 7, 2019 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results.
  • Dar Al-Salam for Insurance (NDSA) invited its shareholders to subscribe to 40% rights issue to reach IQD7 bn paid-in capital.

Market Review: 2018 Review and Outlook 2019

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.

December 2018 was probably the worst month in a decade for global equities, however the month’s sharp declines are eerily similar to those that drove the markets lower in December 2015 with the similarity extending to almost a replay of the start of 2019 to that of 2016.

The reasons, now and then, are fears of a slowing world economy with the world’s engine, China, showing signs of a meaningful slowdown. But the drivers of the slowdown this time are increasing evidence of the damage from the US-China trade war, echoing the Iraqi saying that “while reasons are many, death is the same”. However, now and then, the slowdowns were months in the making, but the markets ignored them until late in 2018.

The Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX), as measured by the Rabee Securities RSISUSD Index, on the other had quietly eked out a modest gain throughout the month to end up +1.9%. A gain which came despite sharp declines in the price of oil for the month that took Brent crude prices down about –40% from the October multi-year peak.

The ISX’s negative –15.0% return for 2018 marked the fifth year-over-year decline, on the back of declines of –11.8% in 2017, –17.3% in 2016, –22.7% in 2015, and –25.4% in 2014. The ISX further spent most of the last two years trying to break out; only to revisit the major May 2016 lows as each year came a close. This contrasts sharply with most global equities as the December sharp sell-offs took them down to about –20% off recent multi-year highs. This makes the risk-reward profile more attractive for the ISX vs. these markets as portfolio allocations are rebalanced in the light of the changed global environment.

Supporting the risk-reward profile for the ISX is the prospect of a recovery in corporate earnings. Iraqi equities should emerge from a multi-year severe economic contraction with the Telecoms being the first to emerge. Two of the major mobile operators out of three national operators reported Q3/2018 earnings that displayed the markers of recovery in earnings, margins and profits. Of the two, AsiaCell (TASC), listed since 2013, has a reported earnings span of 2012-2018 reflecting the operating environment before, during and after the ISIS conflict.

For TASC, the recovery started in late 2017 with the liberation of Mosul and the gradual return of customers lost since the 2014 ISIS invasion of a third of the country. As reported last month, TASC signalled its confidence in its future outlook with a distribution of a 12% dividend on the back of last year’s dividend yield of 14% –which in absolute terms is about a third higher than last year’s dividend. (See “Telecoms dial up Recovery” for further details on TASC).

The recovery for TASC extended to its stock price, which ended 2018 up +47%, following declines of –17% and –11% for the prior two years. TASC was joined by Baghdad Soft Drinks (IBSD), which was up +34% in 2018 on the back of 2017’s increase of +7%. IBSD is unique among the ISX’s listed companies as it continued to churn out healthy earnings growth through the downturn. Earnings for IBSD grew +13% in the first nine months of 2018, on the back of growth of +11% in 2017, +25% in 2016 and +37% in 2015 (pre-tax earnings).

TASC and IBSD’s performances stand in stark contrast to those of the banks which, as a group, had a dismal performance with the leading bank, the Bank of Baghdad (BBOB) down –52% in 2018 on the back of declines of –33% and –22% for the last two years. Other banks fared just as poorly with declines for a selected group ranging from –63% to –4% for the year. These negative returns don’t include income from dividends –which were quite high for some banks such as Mansour Bank (BMNS) or Commercial Bank Of Iraq (BCOI) that ended the year with dividend yields of 8% and 10% respectively. (See “Of Banks and Budget Surpluses” for more details on the banks).

Looking to 2019, the recovery of the banking sector would hinge on an economic recovery and a return of liquidity to economic activity, which for most of 2018 were held back by political uncertainties surrounding the May parliamentary elections.

Political uncertainty before the May 2018 elections was followed by indecisive election results, which in turn resulted in further uncertainties as the different political parties entered lengthy negotiations for the formation of a coalition government. Adding to these uncertainties was the eruption of massive demonstrations in the south demanding reform and investment into basic services. Things became clearer in early October with the promising appointments of a president and a prime minister in a fashion that broke the failed mould of the past. These were followed with the formation of a working government, which while still incomplete, can begin to act on the needed spending for a post-conflict recovery.

Paradoxically, while the political uncertainties paralyzed the government process, the government’s revenues soared with the recovery in oil prices, which has put the government on course for a two-year accumulated surplus of up to USD 24.5bn by the end of 2018. The oil markets decline from the un-sustainably high levels of the summer however are an un-welcome development but should not alter the country’s improving financial position as long as the government continues with the fiscal discipline brought on by the IMF’s 2016 Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). Moreover, Brent crude prices in a range of USD 50-60/bbl, would ensure that the government maintains this fiscal discipline and focus on reinvestments, a focus and discipline that are normally forgotten during periods of high oil revenues.

The healing effects of higher oil revenues over the last two years should begin the filter down into the broader economy over the next few months. The first evidence of this comes with the recent recovery in broad money, or M2 which acts as a proxy for economic activity, as can be seen in the chart below: –

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

(Note: M2 as of Sep. with AFC est.’s for Oct., Oil revenues as of Dec.)

While the October M2 figure is an estimate, it is based on actual M0 figures for the month and the recent M2/M0 multiplier figures. As can be seen M2 was moving sideways since oil revenues recovered in January 2016, but it began to accelerate in June 2018-Septemebr 2018 –and estimates for October suggest a continuation of this trend.

As such, this could mean that liquidity has finally begun to filter down into the economy – which should accelerate as the new government begins to act on its investment programme. Ultimately, this should filter down into the stock market, which should bring to an end the market’s divergence from its past close relationship with oil revenues – which currently is at the widest it has been for the last few years (see chart below).

(Source: Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, Rabee Securities, Asia Frontier Capital)

(Note: Oil revenues as of Dec.)

Recovery, in frontier markets, is a mirror image of Mark’s Twain’s phrase on going broke, in that recovery happens gradually and then suddenly. If similar experiences in other frontier markets (declining markets while fundamentals show gradual recovery following a long basing period) then the trend of the last few months could be followed by a sharp reversal.

However, for Iraq significant challenges remain with the huge demands for reconstruction, winning the peace, defeating a likely emerging ISIS insurgency, and controlling violence. In particular, the fragmented politics of the new parliament will continue to be a marker of risk for the government’s future stability, which would in turn pose a risk to economic recovery.

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.

Iraq Stock Market Report

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 3rd January 2019).

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Note: ISX will be closed on Sunday (Jan. 6, 2019) due to the official holiday of Iraqi Army Day. The next trading session will be held on Monday (Jan. 7, 2019).

The RSISX index ended the week at IQD658 (-0.2%) / $709 (-0.2%) (weekly change) (-0.2% and -0.2% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 1.4 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD0.8 bn ($0.7 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • According to the ISX announcement, the opening price of the IQD5.0 mn class bonds (CB125) was IQD5,303,562 on Jan. 3, 2019. [Table: 2.3]
  • ISX will suspend trading of Bain Al-Nahrain Investment (VMES) starting Jan. 13, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jan. 16, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Al -Hilal Industries (IHLI) will hold a GA on Jan. 9, 2019 to elect 5 board members and other 5 alternative members. The company has been suspended since Jul. 4, 2018 by an ISC decision for not disclosing 2017 annual financial results and 3M18 and 6M18 financial results.
  • Iraqi Agricultural Products and Marketing Meat (AIPM) will resume trading on Jan. 7, 2019 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Ready-Made Clothes (IRMC) on Jan. 7, 2019 if the company fails to explain why the prices touched the lower limits on Jan. 2, 2019 and Jan. 3, 2019.
  • Iraqi Agricultural Products (AIRP) resumed trading on Jan. 3, 2019 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 40% cash dividend (IQD0.40 dividend per share, 4.5% dividend yield).
  • National Chemical & Plastic Industries (INCP) resumed trading on Jan. 2, 2019 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results.
  • Al-Hamraa for Insurance (NHAM) completed its capital increase procedures from IQD5.0 bn to IQD7.0 bn through 40% bonus issue.

Iraq Stock Market closes year 15% Down

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 27th December 2018).

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Note: ISX will be closed during December 25, 2018 – January 1, 2019 due to the end-of-year closing operations. The next session will be held on Jan. 2, 2019.

The RSISX index ended the week at IQD659 (-1.5%) / $710 (-1.5%) (weekly change) (-18.7% and -15.0% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 1.5 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD0.9 bn ($0.7 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • According to the ISX announcement, the opening price of the IQD5.0 mn class bonds (CB125) will be IQD5,293,699 on Wednesday (Jan. 2, 2019). [Table: 2.3]
  • Erbil Bank for Investment and Finance (BERI) will resume trading on Jan. 2, 2019 due to disclosing 6M18 financial results.
  • AL- Kindi of Veterinary Vaccines Drugs (IKLV) resumed trading on Dec. 23, 2018 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 4% cash dividend (IQD0.04 dividend per share, 3.1% dividend yield).
  • ISX suspended trading of Iraqi Agricultural Products (AIRP) starting Dec. 23, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 27, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.

Iraq Stock Market Report

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 20th December 2018).

Note: ISX will be closed during December 26, 2018 – January 1, 2019 due to the end-of-year closing operations. The next session will be held on Jan. 2, 2019.

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD669 (+0.1%) / $721 (-0.5%) (weekly change) (-17.5% and -13.7% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 26.6 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD10.7 bn ($8.9 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • According to the ISX announcement, the opening price of the IQD5.0 mn class bonds (CB125) will be IQD5,291,507 on Sunday (Dec. 23, 2018). [Table: 2.3]
  • AL- Kindi of Veterinary Vaccines Drugs (IKLV) will resume trading on Dec. 23, 2018 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 4% cash dividend (IQD0.04 dividend per share, 3.1% dividend yield). The opening price will be IQD1.24 with +/-10% change.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Iraqi Agricultural Products (AIRP) starting Dec. 23, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 27, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX suspended trading of Iraqi Agricultural Products and Marketing Meat (AIPM) starting Dec. 19, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 24, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Middle East Producing & Marketing Fish (AMEF) resumed trading on Dec. 18, 2018 after discussing and approving the financials of the year ending Mar. 31, 2018 and deciding to distribute 20% cash dividend (IQD0.2 dividend per share, 2.05% dividend yield).
  • ISX suspended trading of National Chemical & Plastic Industries (INCP) starting Dec. 18, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 23, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Asiacell (TASC) announced that the company would start distributing 100% cash dividend (IQD1.00 dividend per share) starting Dec. 18, 2018.
  • Cross Transactions: 24.7 bn shares of Trust International Islamic Bank (BTRU) on Dec. 19, 2018, which represents 9.9% of BTRU capital.

Iraq Stock Market Report

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 13th December 2018).

Note: ISX will be closed during December 26, 2018 – January 1, 2019 due to the end-of-year closing operations. The next session will be held on Jan. 2, 2019.

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD668 (+2.2%) / $717 (+2.2%) (weekly change) (-17.6% and -14.2% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 15.7 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD7.8 bn ($6.4 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • According to the ISX announcement, the opening price of the IQD5.0 mn class bonds (CB125) will be IQD5,283,836 on Sunday (Dec. 16, 2018). [Table: 2.3]
  • ISX will suspend trading of Commercial Bank of Iraq (BCOI) starting Jan. 8, 2019 due to the AGM* that will be held on Jan. 13, 2019 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Iraqi Land Transport (SILT) will hold a GA on Dec. 26, 2018 to discuss dismissal of the current board of directors and re-elect 5 original and 5 alternative members. The company has been suspended trading by an ISC decision since Aug. 6, 2017 for not disclosing 2016 and 2017 annual financial results and 3M18 financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Iraqi Agricultural Products (AIRP) starting Dec. 23, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 27, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Mansour Hotel (HMAN) resumed trading on Dec. 13 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 15% cash dividends (IQD0.15 dividend per share, 1.3% dividend yield).
  • Al-Mosul for Funfairs (SMOF) resumed trading on Dec. 12, 2018 after discussing and approving 2015, 2016 and 2017 annual financial results.
  • The Light Industries (ITLI) will hold an AGM* on Dec. 27, 2018 to discuss and approve 2014, 2015 and 2016 annual financial results. The company has been suspended since Jul. 13, 2016.
  • National Islamic Bank (BNAI) resumed trading on Dec. 11, 2018 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 4% cash dividend (IQD0.04 dividend per share, 3.8% dividend yield).
  • Cross Transactions: 294.7 mn shares of Asia Al Iraq Islamic Bank (BAIB) on Dec. 13, 2018, which represents 0.3% of BAIB capital. 11.03 bn shares of Iraqi Islamic Bank (BIIB) on Dec. 12, 2018, which represents 4.4% of BIIB capital. 592 mn shares of Al-Nobles for Money Transfer (MTNO) on Dec. 11, 2018, which represents 1.3% of MTNO capital.

Iraq Stock Market Report

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 6th December 2018).

Note: ISX will be closed on Monday (Dec. 10, 2018) due to the anniversary of the victory against ISIS. The next trading session will be on Tuesday (Dec. 11, 2018).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD654 (+0.6%) / $701 (+0.1%) (weekly change) (-19.4% and -16.1% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 3.9 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD3.0 bn ($2.5 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • According to the ISX announcement, the opening price of the IQD5.0 mn class bonds (CB125) will be IQD5,276,164 on Sunday (Dec. 9, 2018). (Table: 2.3)
  • ISX will suspend trading of Iraqi Agricultural Products and Marketing Meat (AIPM) starting Dec. 19, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 24, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of National Chemical & Plastic Industries (INCP) starting Dec. 18, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 23, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Al-Ahlyia for Agricultural Production (AAHP) resumed trading on Dec. 5, 2018 after discussing and approving the financial results of the year ending Mar. 31, 2018 and deciding to distribute 2.55% cash dividends (IQD0.0255 cash dividend per share, 2.1% dividend yield).
  • ISX suspended trading of Al-Mosul for Funfairs (SMOF) starting Dec. 4, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 9, 2018 to discuss and approve 2015, 2016 and 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX suspended trading of National Islamic Bank (BNAI) starting Dec. 2, 2018 due to the AGM* that was held on Dec. 4, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Baghdad Hotel (HBAG) announced that the company started to distribute 44% cash dividend (0.44% dividend per share) from 2017 profit starting Dec. 2, 2018.
  • Cross Transactions: 1.38 bn shares of Asia Al Iraq Islamic Bank for Investment (BAIB) on Dec. 3, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, 2018, which represent 1.38% of BAIB capital.

Iraq Stock Market Report

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 29th November 2018).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD650 (-2.0%) / $697 (-2.0%) (weekly change) (-19.9% and -16.6% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 3.7bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD2.5bn ($2.0mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • According to the ISX announcement, the opening price of the IQD5.0 mn class bonds (CB125) will be IQD5,268,493 on Sunday (Dec. 2, 2018). (Table: 2.3)
  • ISX will suspend trading of AL-Kindi of Veterinary Vaccines Drugs (IKLV) starting Dec. 16, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 19, to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of National Islamic Bank (BNAI) starting Dec. 2, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 4, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Asiacell (TASC) resumed trading on Nov. 29, 2018 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 100% cash dividend (IQD1.00 dividend per share, 12.0% dividend yield).
  • Al Janoob Islamic Bank (BJAB) resumed trading on Nov. 29, 2018 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 0.83% cash dividend (IQD0.0083 dividend per share).
  • ISX suspended trading of Mansour Hotel (HMAN) starting Nov. 28, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 3, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • Elaf Islamic Bank (BELF) resumed trading on Nov. 27, 2018 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX requested Metallic & Bicycles Industries (IMIB) to provide its AGM minutes for being able to resume trading on the ISX.
  • Cross Transactions: 920 mn shares of Asia Al Iraq Islamic Bank for Investment (BAIB) on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, 2018, which represent 0.92% of BAIB capital.

Iraq Stock Market Report

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 22nd November 2018).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD663 (-0.14%) / $711 (-0.02%) (weekly change) (-18.3% and -14.9% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 1.7bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD1.1bn ($0.9mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • The second issued national bonds started trading on Nov. 21, 2018 on the ISX. 350 units of IQD5.0 mn class bonds (CB125) traded and thus total trading volume occurred at IQD1.83 bn. The opening price of the bond was IQD5.22 mn and the bond closed at a price of IQD5.23 mn. (Annual interest of the bond is 8.0% and the bond maturity date is Apr. 2, 2019.) [Table (2.3)]
  • According to ISX announcement, the opening price of the bond (CB125) will be IQD5.260.822 on Nov. 25.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Al-Mosul for Funfairs (SMOF) starting Dec. 4, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 9, 2018 to discuss and approve 2015, 2016 and 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Middle East Producing & Marketing Fish (AMEF) starting Dec. 2, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 5 to discuss and approve the financials of the ending year Mar. 31, 2018.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Mansour Hotel (HMAN) starting Nov. 28, 2018 due to the AGM* that will be held on Dec. 3, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX will suspend trading of Ready Made Clothes (IRMC) on Nov. 25, 2018 if the company fails to explain why the prices touched the higher limit on Nov. 21, 2018 and Nov. 22, 2018.
  • Kharkh Tour Amuzement City (SKTA) resumed trading on Nov. 22, 2018 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results.
  • ISX suspended trading of Asiacell (TASC) starting Nov. 21, 2018 due the AGM* that will be held on Nov. 26, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.

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Note: ISX will be closed on Tuesday (Nov. 20, 2018) due to a religious holiday (Birth of the Prophet). The next trading session will be on Wednesday (Nov. 21, 2018).

Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 15th November 2018).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD664 (+1.6%) / $711 (+1.6%) (weekly change) (-18.1% and -14.9% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 49.2 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD18.3 bn ($15.1 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • ISX will suspend trading of Asiacell (TASC) starting Nov. 20, 2018 due the AGM* which will be held on Nov. 26, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results.
  • The national bonds owned by Al-Kindi of Veterinary Vaccines Drugs (IKLV) will start trading on the ISX on Nov. 18, 2018. The total number of the bonds that will start trading is 350 and each of them are from IQD5,000,000 category (ISX ticker: CBI25). Opening price for each bond will be IQD5,252,945 (IQD5,000,000 (price of the bond) + IQD252,945 (interest)) with +/-5% price change limit, and thus, the total value of the bonds that will start trading be IQD1,838,530,750 (350 X IQD5,252,945). Annual interest of the bond is 8% and the bond maturity date is Apr. 2, 2019.
  • Original shares of Dar Al-Salam for Insurance (NDSA) will resume trading on Nov. 18, 2018 after deciding to increase the capital from IQD5.0 bn to IQD7.0 bn through 40% rights issue. The opening price will be IQD0.64 with +/-50% price change limit for the first session and after that, price will be able to change with +/-20% limit per day.
  • Palastine Hotel (HPAL) will resume trading on Nov. 18  due to disclosing 2017 annual financial results.
  • The National Bank of Iraq (BNOI) signed a trade finance agreement on Tuesday with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to help the bank’s client businesses access global markets, boosting trade and spurring economic growth. In addition, a Memorandum of Understating (MOU) was also signed between the two parties whereby the IFC will provide NBI with support related to the field of Corporate Governance. (BNOI Website)
  • Baghdad Hotel (HBAG) resumed trading Nov. 13, 2018 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 44% cash dividend (0.44% dividend per share, 4.9% dividend yield).
  • Cross Transactions: 44.6 bn shares of Zain Al-Iraq Islamic Bank (BZII) on Nov. 14, 2018, which represents 17.8% of BZII capital.