3 Firms Listed in Saudi Stock Market in 2018

3 Firms Listed in Saudi Stock Market in 2018

Friday, 4 January, 2019 - 13:00
The year 2019 is forecast to witness the biggest listings in the local Saudi stock market. (Getty Images)
Riyadh - Shujaa al-Bogmi
The year 2019 is forecast to witness the biggest listings in the local Saudi stock market after 2018 witnessed the listing of two firms in the primary market and one in the Nomu parallel market.

Tadawul witnessed the issuance of eight sovereign funds in 2018 – the IPO of the two listed firms in the primary market witnessed operations covering up to 327 percent by individual investors.

In this regard, Tadawul witnessed in 2018 the IPO of Leejam Sports Company, representing a 30 percent stake. The National Company for Learning and Education (NCLE) issued an IPO for 30.2 percent.

In the same context, the Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) jumped Thursday 0.5 percent, closing at 7,830 points, rising 40 points. The overall value of trading totaled around SAR1.9 billion (USD506.6 million).

Investors in the stock market are awaiting the results of financial firms in Q4 2018, which began to be released on Tuesday. The results are estimated to be close to Q3 2018 levels.

The Ministry of Commerce and Investment had previously reported that the number of companies and institutions in the Kingdom jumped 35 percent during Q3 2018, compared to the same period of 2017, to reach 945,600.

The number of enterprises reached 824,700 in 2017 compared to 701,300 in the third quarter in 2016.

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