EGX 30 Dives 1.08%, OTMT 3.5% Down; Wednesday Closing
Published Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:19 | Written by Amwal Al Ghad
During Wednesday closing session, the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) has posted losses of EGP 2.4 billion as the capital market has amounted to EGP 347.439 billion.
The main index, EGX30 tumbled 1.08% to close at 4994.91 p. EGX20 dived 1.40% to end at 5734.7 p.
Meanwhile, the mid- and small-cap index, the EGX70 sank 0.48% to finish at446.78 p. Price index EGX100 declined 0.63% to conclude at 768.19 p.
Gunmen killed at least 15 Egyptian policemen late Sunday in an assault on a police station at the border between Egypt and Israel, before seizing two military vehicles and attempting to storm the border.
Israel said its aircraft had fired on one of the commandeered vehicles and that the other had exploded at the border crossing. Israeli forces were combing the area and some of the militants had been killed, the Israeli army said.
Egyptian medical and security sources said that at least 17 Egyptian policemen had been killed and seven wounded in the assault on the police station. Israel said no Israelis were hurt.
"The terrorists who killed the Egyptian security men seized two Egyptian military vehicles and tried to storm the Israeli border," Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Twitter.
"One of the two Egyptian army vehicles exploded and the second was targeted by the Israeli air force in the Kerem Shalom crossing. No injuries on the Israeli side," he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Egyptian state television reported that an Islamist militant group was behind the attack.
Traded volume reached 164.745 million securities worth EGP 479.850 million, exchanged through 18.981 transactions.
This was after trading in 166 listed securities; 125 declined 33 advanced while 8 keeping their previous levels.
Egyptians and Arabs were net buyers seizing 51.57% and 3.49% respectively, of the total markets, with a net equity of EGP 14.657 million and EGP 2.075 million excluding the deals.
On the other hand, non-Arab Foreigners were net sellers seizing 44.94% of the total markets, with a net equity of EGP 16.732 million excluding the deals.
EGX’s leading shares witnessed collective downwards led by the shares of Orascom Telecom Media & Technology Holding (OTMT.CA) which dived by 3.57% to close at EGP 0.54.
Shares of Citadel Capital (CCAP.CA) tumbled 2.87% to conclude at EGP 3.05.
Talaat Moustafa Group:
The shares of Talaat Moustafa Group (TMGH.CA) fell 2.34% to finish at EGP 4.17.
Talaat Moustafa Group reported a 11.4% fall-off in first half net profits to reach EGP 328.801 million. Noting that, the company posted net profits of EGP 371.187 million within H1/2011.
TMG’s revenues of H1/2012 retreated by 6.2% to hit EGP 2.391 billion, compared to EGP 2.549 billion during H1/2011.
The company’s gross profits, after excluding costs, declined by 1% to reach EGP 684.979 million, compared to a year earlier of EGP 691.614 million.
Furthermore, TMG’s working capital rose by 0.60% to amount to EGP 11.827 billion, compared to EGP 11.757 billion. Reserves hiked 0.04% to hit EGP 278.494 million, compared to EGP 278.381 a year earlier.
Orascom Telecom Holding:
The shares of Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) (ORTE.CA) sank 1.94% to close at EGP 3.53.
The shares of EFG-Hermes Holding (HRHO.CA) plummeted by 1.83% to finish at EGP 10.71.
EFG-Hermes shareholders meeting is excepted to be reconvened within this week or next week maximum upon the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA)’s request so as to conclude its deal with QInvest.
Mona Zulficar, EFG-Hermes Board of Directors chairperson, had announced last Tuesday that upon EFSA’s request, EFG-Hermes will be reconvening its shareholders’ annual meeting within a week or a maximum of 10 days.
“During this meeting, we will provide some additional more detailed disclosures on the QInvest deal and the fate of the minority’s rights after signing the deal … we don’t have something to hide behind the scenes.”Zulficar added
The shares owned by Telecom Egypt (ETEL.CA) dropped 1.61% to end at EGP 12.87.
Landline monopoly Telecom Egypt reported a 25% drop in second-quarter net income on Wednesday, pushed lower by weaker revenue and employee demands for higher pay since the country's president was overthrown in a popular uprising.
Net income was EGP 613 million ($100.87 million), down from EGP 813 in the second quarter of 2011, the company said in a statement. Revenue fell 7.9%.
Additionally, the working capital dropped to reach EGP 5.704 billion, compared to EGP 6.062 billion a year earlier. Total investments hit EGP 27.298 billion, compared to EGP 28.788 billion.
Furthermore, Telecom Egypt’s standalone business results for Q2/2012 revealed posting net profits of EGP 1.756 billion, a decline of 6.7%, compared to net profits of EGP 1.882 billion during Q2/2011.
Egypt's economy has been hit by political turmoil since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February 2011. A new president took office in June but the transition has been marred by violence and rows between political groups and the ruling army.
Investment in infrastructure declined to EGP 125 million from EGP 205 million a year earlier, leaving the company with EGP 4 billion of cash.
Orascom Construction Industries:
Orascom Construction Industries (OCIC.CA) slumped by 0.68% to close at EGP 270.65.
Commercial International Bank:
The shares of Commercial International Bank- Egypt (CIB) (COMI.CA) went down by 0.22% to conclude at EGP 27.80.
Sinai Attacks Repercussions:
Egypt launched air strikes near its border with Israel on Wednesday and killed more than 20 suspected Islamic militants, in a crackdown on jihadists blamed for a deadly attack on Egyptian border police, an army official and eyewitnesses said.
The air strikes around the town of Sheikh Zuwaid, 10 km (6 miles) from the Gaza Strip, followed clashes overnight between armed men and security forces at several checkpoints in the north of Egypt's Sinai region.
Israel said Egypt's military action was a necessary response to deal with groups threatening security along the isolated desert frontier.
Witnesses in the town said they saw two military planes fly over the area and heard explosions. Other people near the town said they saw three cars bombed.
Troops entered the village of al-Toumah close to Sheikh Zuwaid as part of the operation after the army received information that Islamist militants were staying there, a military commander in Sinai told Reuters.
"We have succeeded in entering al-Toumah village, killed 20 terrorists and destroyed three armoured cars belonging to terrorists. Operations are still ongoing," he said by telephone.
A large number of SCAF's members and public figures preyed on the martyrs. The Senior Commander Sami Anan, deputy chairman of SCAF, the former candidate Hamdeen Sabahy and Al Amry Farouk, the state's minister for sports affairs attended the funeral.
Scores of martyrs' families who go into pieces attended the funeral in Al Rashdan mosque.
The military and security forces imposed strict security measures around the mosque. The martyrs' bodies will be transmitted by military airplanes to the Unknown Soldier Memorial in Naser City after the funeral ends.
Dozens of people demonstrated in front of the Israeli ambassador's residence on Monday night and demanded that relations with Israel be severed following the terror attack on the joint border Sunday night.
One of the demonstrators claimed that "there was no doubt that Israel is behind this (attack). We demand that all diplomatic relations with Israel be terminated." The protestors also denounced the Egyptian government for failing to respond militarily to the attack.
Reactions by Egyptian political figures, groups and parties to Sunday's terrorist attack that killed 17 Egyptian border guards and injured seven more near Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip ranged from anger to sorrow. Many demanded that Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, push for the amendment of Egypt's Camp David peace agreement with Israel and the security arrangements stipulated therein.
"What happened in Sinai is a deep wound," said, Mohamed Mahsoub, the newly-appointed parliamentary affairs minister.
"We must rethink the security arrangements [stipulated in the Camp David agreement] concerning restrictions on the movement of our troops [in the Sinai Peninsula]," Mahsoub said.
The 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel prohibits the former from deploying its armed forces or heavy weapons in the peninsula's eastern and central regions.
Israel will consider any Egyptian request to deploy additional military forces in the Sinai in an effort to retake control of the peninsula and weed out a global jihad terrorist infrastructure, defense officials said on Monday.
Egyptian security sources said the attackers had used a stolen police vehicle to launch the attack and had fired live ammunition at police officers at the station.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi called for an urgent meeting late Sunday with Egypt's military council to discuss the situation, the Muslim Brotherhood's party said on Facebook.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday the attack showed the need for Egypt to take action to impose security in the Sinai peninsula.
Barak added on Monday that he hoped a deadly cross-border assault in the Sinai would serve as a "wake-up call" to Egypt, long accused by Israel of losing its grip in the desert peninsula.
Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh accused Israel of "some responsibility" over the terrorist attack in Sinai and Kerem Shalom which killed 16 Egyptian border guards.
Haniyeh said late Monday Israel sought to embarrass the Egyptian leadership and undermine efforts the stop the Gaza blockade. Similar accusations were made by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah condemned the terror attack that killed 16 Egyptian patrolmen in Sinai, and hinted that Israel could be responsible for the deadly incident.
Nassrallah, who spoke during a fast-breaking Ramdan dinner in Lebanon, claimed that the circumstances that led to the attack and its intended target remain unclear, and therefore Israel is the primary beneficiary of the incident. He noted that the fact that the act of terror was attributed to Islam is unfortunate.