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Banking sector spread increase by 7 bps in October

November 24, 2020 (MLN): The Banking sector spread for October 2020 have marginally grown by 7 basis points (bps) over the month which brings its latest value to 4.65% as compared to prior month's spread of 4.58%. On the contrary, the spread has compressed by 148 bps as compared to the same period last year.

According to the State Bank of Pakistan's monthly data released on Weighted Average Lending & Deposit Rates, the lending rate for all banks (inclusive of zero markup) grown by 6 bps as it stood at 8.4%. Meanwhile, the deposit rate narrowed down by 3 bps over month, thus bringing the latest rate to 3.74%.

 

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Multinational firms repatriate 24% higher profits during Jul-Oct FY21

November 24, 2020 (MLN): Foreign investors’ confidence on Pakistan’s economy is gradually restoring as multinational companies operating in Pakistan repatriated $678.6 million in profit and dividends on investments in the country during four months of FY21 which was 24% higher than the profits repatriated in the corresponding period of last year.

However, in the month of October alone, repatriation of profits and dividends on investment by the foreign firms decreased 40% MoM and 49% YoY to $23.8 101.9 million, SBP data showed

The data further revealed that during Jul-Oct FY21, foreign companies repatriated $648.2 million worth of profit against the foreign direct investments (FDI) in various businesses compared to $499.3 million in the same period last year. Moreover, profits on equity investments stood at $30.5 million compared to $48.9 million a year earlier, marking a decline of 38% YoY.

Sector-wise:

The data shows that the major sectors that repatriated relatively higher profits include  Food, Communication sector, Financial Business, Transport,  Oil & Gas Exploration sector and Chemical, among which Food Sector repatriated highest profits of $161.4 million during 4MFY21 to overseas, against $44 million in the corresponding period of last fiscal year, showing a  growth of 267% YoY.

The data further revealed that profits outflow from the communication sector increased 19.28x YoY to $118.7 million; against an outflow of $6.2 million in Jul-Oct FY20.

Profit outflows from the Financial Businesses dropped to $91 million from $112 million. Transport sector repatriated $69.3 million in the first four months of FY21, compared with $77.4 million in the same period of FY20.

The Oil & Gas Exploration sector repatriated $55.8 million, which was 43% lower as they had sent $97.8 million during Jul-Oct FY20.

The Chemical sector repatriated 12% lower profits and dividend income during the period under review which amounted to $56.7 million, while in the corresponding period last year, the sector repatriated $64.4million.

Country-wise:

A country-wise break up of data on repatriation of profit/dividend released by SBP, revealed that firms and individual investors belonging to the United Kingdom dispatched the single largest profit of $275.4 million during 4MFY21 compared to $128.5 million in the same period prior year.

United States witnessed the second highest profits repatriation as the country repatriated $109.2 million abroad during the period under review, compared with $107.9 million in the corresponding period previous year.

Third in line is Malta which repatriated $91.7 million from Pakistan during the period, while in the corresponding period last year, the country did not remit any profits or dividend income from Pakistan.

Next followed by Switzerland with profit repatriation of $34.7 million which was 27% lower when compared with last year figures.

Companies from Hong Kong repatriated $28.9 million in 4MFY21 compared to $79 million in Jul-Oct FY20.

Furthermore, Chinese firms repatriated $28.7 million abroad during the period under study, compared with $44.8 million in 4MFY20, depicting a fall of 36% YoY.

 

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APTMA thanks government for approval of a five-year textile...

November 24, 2020 (MLN): Federal government has approved progressive and innovative Textile Policy 2020-25.

Taking to its Twitter handle, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) acknowledged Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan and congratulated Finance Advisor, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Advisor for Commerce & Investment, Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood on approval of the 5-year textile policy. The association also thanked the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for its support i.e. TERF, Refinancing Scheme for Wages, etc. during the pandemic.

'Govt has supported Export-led growth through a regionally competitive energy tariff of $6.5 per mmBtu for gas and 7.5 cents d/kwh for electricity over the last 18 months', the association said.

As a consequence, the Textile Sector is operating at full capacity and going through an expansion, up-gradation with new factories being constructed to cater for additional demand. This has created approx. 200,000 and 5 million jobs shall be created if the policy is implemented in letter and spirit, the ATMA said further. 

In its tweet, ATMA said that the textile industry assures the government that implementation of the policy will ensure the doubling of textile exports from $ 13 billion to $ 26 billion in five years.

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Military Engineering Services enlists Agha Steels as manufacturer cum...

November 24, 2020 (MLN): Agha Steel Industries through a notice to PSX, has informed that Military Engineering Services (MES) of Pakistan Army has enlisted Agha Steel Industries Limited as the manufacturer cum supplier of deformed steel bar for its projects.

 In this regard, the Engineer-in-chief’s branch already issued the company a provisional certificate of enlistment/ registration.

Military Engineering Services (MES) is an inter service organization responsible for designing, construction and maintenance of buildings, road, airfields, bridges, electricity, water supply. Sewerage, Sui gas, drainage, furniture and stores services for Army, Navy, Air Force and DP Division.

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MARI enters into a joint venture arrangement for potential...

November 24, 2020 (MLN): Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) has entered into an agreement with Y.B. Pakistan Limited, Arif Habib Equity (Private) Limited, Liberty Mills Limited, and Reliance Commodities (Private) Limited pertaining to a joint venture arrangement through a company (National Resources (Private) Limited (NRL)) to potentially undertake mineral mining projects in the Province of Balochistan.

As per the company’s notice to PSX, these projects will involve, inter alia, exploration, survey, extraction, excavation, mining and sale of produced minerals. MPCL, in the initial stages will acquire approximately up to 20% equity share in NRL.

The abovementioned joint venture is subject to necessary regulatory approvals from relevant authorities, including clearance from the Competition Commission of Pakistan, under the Competition Act, 2010 and in due course, grant of necessary license(s) and lease(s).

As part of its long-term growth strategy, MPCL is evaluating multiple opportunities in near-core and non-core sectors to diversify its business including mineral exploration in the prospective areas of the Country, the notice revealed.

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