Tuesday 12, June 2018 by Jessica Combes

OMR1.9 billion funding provided to firms

 

Last year saw a strong return in initial public offerings (IPOs) following an absence in 2016 due to the fall in oil prices

Oman's Capital Market Authority (CMA) provided more than OMR1.9 billion in funding to companies last year, an increase of 19 per cent compared to 2016, according to the CMA's annual report.

"The CMA has provided funding of more than OMR1.9 billion in 2017. This reflects the role of the stock market in stimulating the movement of the national economy and thrusting the wheel of comprehensive development," the CMA chairman, Yahya Said Abdullah Al Jabri, said in a statement, according to the Times of Oman.

Last year saw a strong return in initial public offerings (IPOs) following an absence in 2016 due to the fall in oil prices. The primary market witnessed a considerable and outstanding increase in the value and number of issues approved by the CMA, the report said.

The Times of Oman added that joint-stock companies issued more than OMR43 million in new shares, with more than OMR45 million in rights shares issues listed. Additionally, new issues of government bonds totalled OMR600 million. In total, more than OMR1.9 billion was listed, amounting to more than 2.616 billion shares.

2017 saw IPOs across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) reach their highest levels in three years—the total number of IPOs in the GCC states in 2017 was 25, including five real estate investment funds, compared to four IPOs in 2016 and six in 2015. Around $3.2 billion was raised from IPOs in 2017 compared to $700 million in 2016, a rise of more than 350 per cent, the CMA report said.

The United Arab Emirates topped the GCC markets in proceeds of IPOs with 70 per cent of the total proceeds. The Saudi market maintained its leading position in terms of the number of offerings with 16 offerings in 2017 compared to three in 2016, the Times of Oman said.

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