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Tuesday, 31 July 2012


KARACHI STOCK EXCHANGE-DAILY MARKET TREND: STOCK MARKET UPDATE: 01.08.2012: STOCK: Karachi Stocks    Down  16.79 Points: KARACHI, Aug 01: The KSE-100 index was at 14560.21, Down 16.79 points. (today 10.2...


Karachi Stocks  Down  16.79 Points:
KARACHI, Aug 01: The KSE-100 index was at 14560.21, Down 16.79 points. (today 10.25 am)

July 31, 2012

UniLever Food
Rs 141.25
Abbot Lab
Rs (4.22)
Colgate Palmolive
Rs 56.76
JDW Sugar
Rs (4.05)
Siemens Pak
Rs 34.40
Millat Tractors
Rs (3.84)
UniLever Pak
Rs 27.00
Engro Corp
Rs (2.31)
Michells Fruit
Rs 16.54
Clariant Pak
Rs (2.14)

Karachi Stocks Up 65 points on foreign buying
KARACHI, July 31: There was a burst of activity on the Karachi stock market on Tuesday, which pushed the KSE-100 index up by 65.46 points to close at 14,577 points. It was a refreshing change from several days of dismal trading within a narrow range and largely a flat closing.
But the trading seemed to be in select stocks as investors considered caution better part of valour. The upswing in benchmark was triggered by the heavyweight OGDC, which initially lifted the index up by around 40 points by sizeable gains, though the stock withdrew by the end of trading.
A reason that rejuvenated buying interest was the near-term possibility of receipt of the stalled $1.12 billion from the US in Coalition Support Fund. The pleasant surprise on Tuesday was also the heavy net purchase of $2.02 million worth equity by foreign investors.
Local institutional investors also went into buying, albeit in small amounts. Individual stock holders however sold $2.49 million worth shares.
Ahsan Mehanti at Arif Habib Corp commented that stocks closed higher amid institutional interest in oversold market. Investors took positions in shares across the board on hopes for release of $1.12 billion payment from the US.
Strong earnings outlook from upcoming results, record earning announcement by Fauji Fertiliser and renewed foreign interest in blue chip stocks played a catalyst role in bullish sentiments in stocks at KSE despite concerns for macroeconomic conditions and uncertain global markets.
Hasnain Asghar Ali, COO at Escorts Capital, stated that in spite of the hues and cries on economic financial and power supply concerns that had kept the turnover on lower side, the presence of renewed buyers on marginal declines kept the benchmark in a consolidation phase.
Low quantum gains in index-heavyweights mainly from E&P sector, kept the index in green zone. Closing at improved rates on the last session of the month was encouraging.
Front line banking stocks mainly on earnings sensation succeeded in inviting accumulation, mainly from local corporate circuits thus allowing the index to touch 14,600 psychological levels. The other volume leaders, mainly from cement sector, stayed in red zone, but managed to invite buyers on intervals.
Various stocks having the potential of trading at improved levels were in for speculative and volumetric activity and maintain gains mainly on corporate announcements. Fertiliser stocks were up on substantial increase in the urea off-take.
However various companies were believed to be struggling to report improved sales, due to gas supply cuts and inventory mismanagement.
Such companies invited renewed selling, while stock swapping stayed prominent.
The KSE-30 index rose by 39.79 points to 12,607.26 points. Turnover improved by 5 per cent in terms of volume of shares traded to 78 million shares, from 82 million shares the earlier day. Trading value on the other hand saw nominal 2 per cent decrease to Rs3.076 billion on Tuesday, from Rs3.152 billion the previous day.
Market capitalisation witnessed addition of Rs17 billion to Rs3.724 trillion, from Rs3.707 trillion on Monday. In a total of 284 stocks that came up for trading, 158 were gainers, 100 losers and 26 remained unchanged.
On the active list, Arif Habib Corp recorded the highest turnover of 10m shares, down by 70 paisa to Rs33.00. Bank Alfalah stood at second place with trading in 6m shares, which slipped 8 paisa to Rs18.81.
D.G. Khan Cement gave up 11 paisa to Rs46.21 on 6m shares. NBP gained 91 paisa to Rs46.61 on 5m shares, Fauji Cement climbed 21 paisa to Rs6.15 on 5m shares, Jah Sidd Co declined by 52 paisa to Rs15.34 on 4m shares and Engro Foods gathered 67 paisa to Rs70.84 on 4m shares.
PTCL added 13 paisa to Rs14 on 3m shares, Maple Leaf Cement shed 16 paisa to Rs6.36 on 3m shares and Engro Corporation plunged by Rs2.23 to Rs93.81 on 2m shares.

Company News:
1) PSO may stop supply to defaulters: ISLAMABAD: At a time when PSO is entering into agreements with local and international firms to establish refineries and shipping lines to secure savings and expand business, over Rs243 billion worth of its receivables could disrupt the entire energy supply chain in a matter of days.
This was the crux of a testimony by prime minister’s adviser on petroleum Dr Asim Hussain, secretary petroleum Dr Waqar Masood Khan and PSO managing director Naeem Yahya Mir before the Senate standing committee on petroleum and natural resources, led by Senator Mohammad Yousaf.
“Stop oil supplies to all those who don’t pay”, said a member of the committee and was supported by others.
Dr Asim Hussain agreed to obey immediately if the committee formally issued a directive, but warned that the committee could not afford sustaining pressure that would follow.
Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash alleged that among the fuel defaulters Karachi Electric Supply Company stood on top among the private sector with Rs80 billion worth of payables.
He said the privatised utility had to pay Rs40 billion to the SSGC and Rs40 billion to power system but wondered why the government was not penalising it; and if that was the situation, why the entity was privatised.
He said it was strange that the KESC had to pay Rs80 billion to government entities and its chief executive was drawing Rs6 million salary but its performance was not improving. Senator Jehangir Badar proposed that if privatised entities could not clear their dues, the government should purchase them and pay off their dues.
PSO’s managing director Naeem Yahya Mir said his company and Kuwait Petroleum have finalised a $350 million joint venture project for infrastructure development at Hub to improve storage capacity in the country. He said the agreement would be signed shortly.He said PSO also plans to establish a regional joint venture aviation company in Middle East with the help of PNSC.
“PSO will procure two big ships to import crude oil,” he said, adding Pakistan was facing huge cost on account of import of crude oil through small ships.
He said that the Port Qasim was congested and blockade of one ship at the port could freeze whole supply in Pakistan. That would also provide alternate oil supplies rather than relying only on ports in Karachi.
Simultaneously, the PSO was working on setting up of a refinery in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to process locally produced crude oil.
“We will also be able to export oil to Afghanistan from the refinery planned in KPK,” he said, adding that oil marketing companies of the world had entered into refining business to make money and so PSO wants to follow that model to improve profits.
Mir said that circular debt had chocked oil supplies of the company.
“We have no more capacity to arrange fuel due to circular debt issue,” he said, adding that PSO receivables had reached Rs243 billion.
Giving details, he said power sector was to pay Rs228.7 billion while PSO had to pay Rs93.3 billion to refineries. “PSO is facing net deficit of Rs149.9 billion”, he said and disclosed that PSO had exhausted its credit limit and banks were not willing to extend more financing.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain said that power sector was producing thermal power that was resulting in higher generation costs which when not recovered from consumers was adding up to the circular debt.
The Finance Ministry cannot clear the amount of subsidy and it is the reason of circular debt, he explained adding that a meeting of Finance and Water and Power Ministries be convened to resolve the issue of circular debt.
Petroleum Secretary Dr Waqar Masood said that President Asif Ali Zardari had been informed that it would not be possible to run the system for long due to circular debt issue.
He said that the government was giving over Rs3 per unit subsidy that was creating problems.
“PSO and OGDCL are facing the whole burden of circular debt,” he added.
He said that private sector and government departments, including provinces, were responsible for circular debt issue as they were not paying power bills.
He said even the increase in power tariff would not solve the problems and circular debt unless mismanagement and inefficiencies in the power sector were rooted out.
He said the power sector was allowed 16 per cent losses in tariff but its actual losses were about 19-20 per cent.
The members of the committee expressed concern over the issue of circular debt and criticised the government for failing to resolve it. They expressed concerns over KESC’s performance and termed it a white elephant.

Monday, 30 July 2012


Karachi Stocks  Up 76.82  Points:
KARACHI, July 31: The KSE-100 index was at 14588.36, up 76.82 points.(today 10.42 am)

July 30, 2012

UniLever Pak
Rs 368.00
Rafhan Maize
Rs (185.00)
Siemens Pakistan
Rs 32.69
Bata Pak
Rs (25.00)
Mithchells Frui
Rs 15.75
UniLever Food
Rs (25.00)
Millat Tractors
Rs 12.71
Nestle Pakistan
Rs (5.73)
Shezan Inter
Rs 11.02
Lucky Cement
Rs (5.44)
Karachi Stock 100-index loses 14 points
KARACHI, July 30: The Karachi stock market showed a lacklustre performance on Monday with the KSE-100 index marginally down by 14.87 points to 15,511.54 points.
Investors avoided taking firm position and instead took a cautious stance. Yet most were happy over the fact that the index did not drop below the 14,500 points level.
Some market participants still thought that a pre-result rally was possible once important issues on the political and economic fronts were settled.
Ahsan Mehanti at Arif Habib Corporation observed that the stocks closed lower on investor concerns for uncertain macroeconomic situation, security concerns in the city and country wide protests for power outrages.
Activity remained thin despite strong corporate earnings outlook and recovery in global stocks and commodities. Concerns for rising circular debt in the energy sector, revenue loss to fertilizer sector on gas supply worries and pending CGT collection issues played a catalyst role in bearish sentiment at KSE, said Mehanti.
Samar Iqbal, equity dealer at Topline Securities commented that the market remained range bound as investors preferred to stay on the sidelines during Ramazan. Cement stocks and Bank Alfalah witnessed heavy volumes.
Lucky cement saw profit taking as investors feared that the company’s dividend payout could be affected after acquiring ICI Pakistan while ICI closed at its upper cap due to possible tender offer.
Hasnain Asghar Ali, COO at Escorts Capital observed that improved volumes allowed the sideliners wider trading opportunities despite gloomier conditions on the economic and financial front.
The unveiling of draft of CGT mechanism, to be computed and collected by NCCPL with its approval expected early next month was likely to keep the local investors poised for opportunities.
However recent downgrading by international rating agencies, widening deficit, rising government borrowings and debt retirement, would continue to restrict the activity, which otherwise carries high potential, Hasnain said.
Technical calls for short term trade that usually follows better volumes were recommended while low running multiples of singled out stocks unaffected by the visible threat on financial front and due to gas supply shortage, could be looked for accumulation.
However, prolonged stagnation and relatively low volume made high priced stocks more vulnerable, which warranted caution.
The KSE-30 index fell by 14.23 points to 12,567.47 points. Turnover rose to 82m shares with trading value at Rs3.153 billion, from 58 million shares of the trading value of Rs2.111 billion last Friday.
Market capitalisation sliped to Rs3.707 trillion, from Rs3.709 trillion. Among the 280 active stocks, 123 gained, 134 fell while 23 remained unchanged.
The heaviest fall was noted in Rafhan Maize, which plunged by Rs185 to Rs3,525, followed by Bata (Pak) Ltd down by Rs25 to Rs675. On the rising side, UniLever Pak gained Rs368 to Rs7,728, followed by Siemens Pakistan up by Rs32.69 to Rs688.
The volume leader saw Bank Alfalah on the first place with 19m shares, traded up by 83 paisa to Rs18.89. DG Khan Cement gained 42 paisa to Rs46.32 on 10m shares, as investors swapped the stock for other cement share. Lucky Cement took a dip of Rs5.44 to Rs123.85 on 7m shares, Maple Leaf Cement was up by 27 paisa to Rs6.52 on 5m shares.
Arif Habib Corp added 22 paisa to Rs33.70 on 3m shares, Jah Sidd Co lost 18 paisa to Rs15.86 on 3m shares, Fatima Fertiliser shed 6 paisa to Rs24.41 on 3m shares; PTCL slipped 39 paisa to Rs13.87 on 2m shares, Engro Foods climbed by 67 paisa to Rs70.17 on 2m shares and Nishat Mills edged higher by one paisa to Rs52.71 on 2m shares.
Company News:
1) IMC launches partial payment scheme: KARACHI, July 30: Indus Motor Company (IMC) is introducing partial payment scheme on all of its Toyota variants from July 31.
Talking about terms and conditions for partial payments, Parvez Ghias, CEO IMC told a press conference on Monday that this option is available to individuals as well as corporate bodies with which the customer may make an initial payment of Rs250,000 for Corolla, Rs500,000 for Hilux and Rs10,00,000 for imported CBU vehicles through a pay order/demand draft in the name of IMC at the time of applying for booking of a vehicle.
He said that this scheme was provided as per desire of the government and Industry Ministry that auto industry should improve the payment system. Earlier, the assembler used to take full payment from the customers at the time of vehicle booking.
This scheme, he added, will be useful in case the car delivery period exceeds over one month. The company is also striving towards minimising delivery period of vehicles.
To minimise the abuse of this facility, in one year, from the date of booking, the customer may make only one application for booking of a vehicle through availing themselves of partial payment scheme, that is, multiple application booking in this scheme is not permitted, and every buyer will have to submit NIC and NTN numbers, he added.
He said that the month of July had remained worst in the IMC’s history in view of all time low orders owing to buyers’ interest towards used cars whose imports were thriving.
In view of sinking sale, the company will produce 1,000 less cars and LCV in July as compared to 4,500 per month. However, he ruled out the possibility of giving any price discount on cars to the buyers when sales were down. “We have closed the production for at least 10 days in the current month,” Parvez said adding delivery period has already been shortened as the dealers have sizable number of unsold stocks.
On introducing new 800cc cars, in replacement of Daihatsu Cuore, the production of which was stopped from May 2012, he told that there had been talks with Daihatsu Company, however, as the costs are very high it is not feasible to bring a new model of a small car at this time.
On Euro II, he said that the government has convened a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of Euro II compliant diesel and prospects of Euro II diesel version cars. Refineries were under pressure as the Environment Minister was upset as the government had earlier asked the refineries to produce Euro II diesel from July 1, 2012.
However, he said that Euro II compliant diesel will take more than two years as refineries will have to make huge investment.
2) Lucky’s acquisition of ICI at $152.5m: KARACHI, July 30: The much-awaited announcement by Yunus Brothers Group (parent company of Lucky Cement) of acquisition of 75.81 per cent shares in ICI Pakistan Limited came up on Monday.
Lucky and ICI in separate notices disclosed the details of the deal to the stock exchanges.
A binding agreement (share purchase agreement) was signed late evening on Friday (July 27) in Amsterdam, by virtue of which ICI Omicron BV, a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of AkzoNobel N.V. Netherlands, sold its entire holding of 70 million shares in ICI Pakistan to a number of companies in Yunus Brothers Group. Besides, Lucky Cement which would pick up 35.7million shares (half of those on offer) other four group companies Yunus Textile, Lucky Textile, Gadoon Textile and Yunus Brothers Pakistan would take up the remaining 50 per cent.
According to ICI notice, “The price is $152.5 million which represents Rs205.10 per share based upon the mid-exchange rate of Rs94.18 to dollar on July 27” and the company went on to say: “Under the terms of agreement the price will be converted to Rupees at the date upon which the purchasers obtain approval from the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) at spot rate of exchange on such day.”
The Lucky Cement made similar announcement and added: “The bid value of this acquisition is $152.5 million (payable in equivalent Pak Rupees) which will be subject to certain adjustments based on lock box mechanism for cash and indebtedness to be ascertained as per the terms of the agreement.”
Mohammad Abid Ganatra, Group director finance, told Dawn that most of the Yunus Brother group companies involved in the acquisition were deleveraged or thinly leveraged.
He said that Lucky Cement did not participate for synergies, but as part of the Group’s strategy of diversification and entry into businesses that are integral to the economic fabric and opportunities in the country.
He said: “The Group intends to invest in the existing businesses of ICI Pakistan for continued growth whilst evaluating additional opportunities to maintain its leadership position”.
Mr Ganatra stressed that the price of ICI stock quoted on the stock market is not a true reflection of the company value; rather it is the “enterprise value” which should be considered of significance and that is much higher than the price of ICI’s stock price quoted on the market.
He said that ICI Pakistan has a rich successful track record and strong corporate brand equity and strong growth potential.
The Yunus Brothers Group is committed to retain existing experienced management as they are the most critical component for the development of the Company. A Lucky Cement press release added: “The financing of this transaction has been planned in a manner to carry minimal debt on the books of these group entities without compromising on their future growth prospects”.
The Lucky-ICI deal was the subject of heated debate at the stock market on Monday and almost all big brokerage houses brought out their research notes on the subject.
One house noted: “With relatively less-leveraged balance sheet, Lucky is planning to take benefit of gearing the transaction debt side amid borrowing the major part from banks”. The company could finance acquisition with 50 per cent debt and 50 per cent from internal sources or it could finance the acquisition with 100 per cent debt.
The total price of the transaction works out to Rs16.8 billion at per share price of Rs206; the latter happens to be 49 per cent higher than the six-month average market price of the ICI stock. Total acquisition cost for Lucky would clock in at Rs8.4 billion.
Along with the acquisition of 70 million shares, the Group also has to buy further 11 million shares from minority shareholders (as per the substantial acquisition of voting shares and takeovers, Ordinance 2002. The acquirer has to buy at least 50 per cent of the free float of 22 million at Rs206, involving Rs2.3 billion. Thus the total deal would be Rs14.5 billion plus Rs2.3 billion, taking the cost to Rs16.8 billion or $177 million, for the Lucky Consortium.
The biggest worry for the investors on Monday was that due to acquisition, Lucky Cement may not pay dividends despite record earning per share for FY12 expected at Rs20.8.
Some analysts suggested that the company may opt to disburse bonus instead of cash. Investors also thought the company may ask shareholders for cash in right issue. For all those explanations and criticisms, its obvious that the market has its own mind.
Following the announcement of the deal on Monday, the share in ICI hit the “upper lock”, showing gain of Rs7.90 to close at Rs166.06. The share in Lucky Cement lost Rs5.44 and closed at Rs123.85.


Sunday, 29 July 2012


KARACHI STOCK EXCHANGE-DAILY MARKET TREND: STOCK MARKET UPDATE: 30.07.2012: STOCK: Karachi Stocks Up 3.33 Points: KARACHI, July 30: The KSE-100 index was at 14520.58, up 3.33 points.(today 11.00 am)...



Karachi Stocks Up 3.33 Points:
KARACHI, July 30: The KSE-100 index was at 14520.58, up 3.33 points.(today 11.00 am)

July 27, 2012

Rafhan Maize
Rs 176.40
Unilever Food
Rs (40.00)
UniLever Pak
Rs 35.00
Shahtaj Sugar Mills
Rs (3.28)
Wyeth Pak Limited
Rs 32.55
Hinopak Motor
Rs (2.09)
Mithchells Frui
Rs 15.00
Engro Corp
Rs (2.01)
National Foods
Rs 10.63
Pak Int. Cont
Rs (1.86)