After a volatile week, the benchmark index closed flat at 42,074pts, up by 0.4%WoW. The market failed to react positively to the efforts of curbing the growing current account deficit (CAD) by imposition of regulatory duty on the import of 119 items within a range of 5-60%. Market participation exhibited an increase of 4%WoW in ADT while ADTV declined by3.5%WoW. Additionally, foreign investors exhibited a net outflow of USD26.09mn.
During the week, ECC approved PKR50bn borrowing to settle the circular debt in order to relieve the power sector. Furthermore textile exports grew by 8%YoY during 10MFY18 to USD11.2bn driven by growth in value-added textile exports. Also, Engro Polymer unveiled its plan to raise PKR5.4bn in order to expand the company’s production capacity. Additionally, DG Khan Cement announced the commencement of its plant with a capacity of 9,000tons/day.
On the macro front, country’s foreign exchange reserves decreased to USD17bn, declining by USD400mn over the week, owing to the external debt servicing. The country’s external debt servicing reached USD5bn mark during 9MFY18 as a result of massive debt repayments. Furthermore, the current account deficit widened to 5.3% of GDP in 10MFY18 as growth in imports continued to outstrip exports, while foreign inflows from other sources remained insufficient to finance the gap. On the flipside, Moody’s reaffirmed Pakistan’s credit profile as B3 stable on the back of CPEC driven economic activity.
SBP increased the benchmark discount rate by 50bps in today’s review which is higher than our estimates of 25bps hike. While the jump in DR is positive for the banking sector, it may likely prove to be detrimental for the market performance going forward.
NEWS THIS WEEK
Economic highlights & Data points
Foreign reserves reach below USD17bn mark (BR): Following the massive external debt servicing, Pakistan’s total liquid foreign reserves further declined over USD400mn to reach below USD17bn mark end of last week.
Current account deficit widens 50% to USD14.04bn in July-April (The News): Current account deficit widened to 5.3% of gross domestic product, or USD14.04bn, in 10MFY18 as merchandise imports continued to broadly outstrip exports, while foreign inflows from other sources remained insufficient to finance the gap, the central bank data showed on Friday.
Moody’s reaffirms Pakistan’s rating, but vulnerabilities remain (Dawn): Moody’s Investors Service continues to expect solid economic activity, driven by investments related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) while it reaffirmed Pakistan’s credit profile as B3 stable.
July-March period external debt servicing reaches USD5bn (BR): The country’s external debt servicing has reached some USD5bn mark during 9MFY18 due to massive repayments of public debt. Economists said the higher external debt servicing is mainly due to scheduled repayments to Paris Club and other financial institutions under the public debt.
Sector and Corporate highlights
Meezan Bank plans to raise PKR7bn through Tier 1 Sukuk (The News): Meezan Bank Limited was planning to raise up to PKR7bn by issuing Tier 1 Islamic bond or Sukuk in the coming few months, industry officials said on Wednesday. According to the details of the structure as provided by the source, the total issue would be PKR5bn with a green show option of PKR2bn. The minimum investment is set to be PRK1mn.
DG Khan Cement announces completion of Pakistan’s biggest USD300mn plant (The News): DG Khan Cement on Wednesday announced the start of the country’s biggest cement plant with around 9,000 tons/day capacity at an estimated cost of over USD300mn. The largest vertical cement grinding mill with cope drive has started trial operations together with cement silos and packaging plant. Also, successful commissioning has been completed in raw material crushing, transportation and storage departments.
Domestic auto makers halt fresh booking from non-filers (The News): Local automobile manufacturers have sent a strong warning to their respective buyers supporting the government’s move to widen the tax net by starting to refuse purchase or booking of new cars by non-filers.
ECC approves fresh borrowing of PKR50bn to pay circular debt (Tribune): The federal government quietly approved on Thursday another loan of PKR50bn from commercial banks to retire circular debt in the power sector, taking total bank borrowings to PKR230bn in two months to manage liquidity. The decision was taken just one week before the tenure ends of the current government that failed to address the power sector’s bottlenecks despite declaring it as its top priority.
Engro Polymer plans to raise PKR5.4bn for expansion (The News): Engro Polymer and Chemicals (EPCL) on Friday unveiled a plan to raise PKR5.4bn to expand the company’s production capacity. EPCL decided to issue right shares amounting to 37% – approximately 37 shares for every 100 shares held by the shareholders of the company. The company is to increase the volume of shares by 245.45mn through the issuance of right shares. Its price would be PKR22/sh including PKR12/sh as the premium.
Pakistan’s textile exports jump 8% (Dawn): Exports of textile and clothing products recorded 8% growth year-on-year to USD11.2bn in 10MFY18, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported on Monday.
|Stock Market Synopsis|
|Last week||This Week||%Change|
|Mkt. Cap (US $ bn)||74.7||75.5||1.0%|
|Avg. Dly T/O (mn. shares)||114.9||119.5||4.0%|
|Avg. Dly T/O (US$ mn.)||44.4||42.9||-3.5%|
|No. of Trading Sessions||5.0||5.0||0.0|
|KSE 100 Index||41,623.5||42,074.1||1.1%|
|KSE ALL Share Index||30,397.7||30,718.7||1.1%|