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Al-Shall weekly report highlights Kuwait’s performance

As February 2024 marked the conclusion of the eleventh month of the fiscal year 2023/2024, Al-Shall’s weekly report unveiled significant insights into Kuwait’s economic landscape.

The average price of a barrel of oil for the current fiscal year stood at approximately $84.4, with Kuwaiti oil reaching around $81.1 per barrel in February 2024, reports Al-Qabas daily.

This figure represents an increase of $11.1 per barrel, or 15.8%, compared to the new hypothetical price estimated in the current budget, set at $70 per barrel.

However, February’s average barrel price was 16.5% lower than the previous fiscal year’s average of $97.1 per barrel.

Despite the decline, Kuwait’s oil revenues in February amounted to roughly 1.47 billion dinars, contributing to total projected revenues for the fiscal year, which are expected to reach about 22.81 billion dinars, including non-oil revenues.

With expenditure allocations totaling around 26.27 billion dinars, there is a likelihood of the general budget recording a deficit of approximately 3.46 billion dinars.

The actual deficit may fluctuate based on factors such as oil prices and potential savings in public expenses.

The Kuwait Stock Exchange experienced mixed performance in February, with positive movements in price indicators despite a decrease in daily trading value.

The primary market index rose by about 2.5%, the main market index by about 1.9%, and the general market index by about 2.4%.

However, absolute liquidity decreased by approximately 20.9% compared to January, with the average daily trading value also declining by 3.4%.

Liquidity trends indicate that smaller, more liquid companies received a disproportionate share of trading activity, highlighting disparities in market participation.

Gulf Bank demonstrated improved profitability indicators compared to the previous year, with the return on capital ratio (ROC) increasing to about 20.9%, return on equity (ROE) to 9.3%, and return on assets (ROA) to about 1%.
Earnings per share (EPS) rose to about 21 fils, and the price/earnings per share (P/E) multiplier index improved to about 13.4 times.

The bank announced plans to distribute 12% cash dividends and 5% bonus shares, resulting in a cash return of 4.3% on the closing price at the end of December 2023.

Al-Shall’s comprehensive analysis provides valuable insights into Kuwait’s economic performance, offering stakeholders a nuanced understanding of key trends and developments.

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