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The Saudi Equity Market: Challenges & Opportunities Tarek Fadlallah, CFA Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. (c) CFA Bahrain Forecast Dinner.

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1 The Saudi Equity Market: Challenges & Opportunities Tarek Fadlallah, CFA Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. (c) CFA Bahrain Forecast Dinner January 30 th, 2010

2 2 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Performance Review

3 3 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Diversity of Character

4 4 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Monetary Accommodation

5 5 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. The Oil Lubricant

6 6 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. The Virtuous Circle Key Sectors Housing/Construction Financial Services Education Infrastructure/Utility Healthcare Tourism Source: Nomura

7 7 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Economic Forecasts Source: IMF, Oct 2009 Source: SAMA, NCBC Research, *Provisional numbers from Saudi MOF in 2010 budget Regional economies are set to rebound sharply following last year’s slowdown with IMF forecasting 5.3% real GDP growth Saudi Arabia’s numbers are strong particularly for its size.

8 8 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Low Leverage To bring the leverage ratio back to its historic average the UAE economy can either: grow its way out of debt reduce bank credit by AED 203 billion ($55 billion) ….a combination of both Saudi Arabia credit is broadly at the historical average

9 9 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Well Diversified

10 10 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Challenges Economy too reliant on oil revenues, government spending and cyclical sectors (e.g. banks and petrochemicals)  Following ascension to WTO the pipeline of deregulation has slowed  Industrial fragmentation is hurting efficiency and retarding faster economic development  Management depth and labour quality needs improvement  Lack of institutional investors and dependence on retail investors is keeping market volatile  There is a need to continuously improve Transparency and Corporate Governance

11 11 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. It’s About the Oil

12 12 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Tight Credit

13 13 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. End of Multiple Expansion?

14 14 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Mirror Mirror: Wall Street / Tokyo

15 15 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. History Lesson

16 16 © Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. Conclusions The Saudi stock market is likely to drift in a trading range credit conditions remain challenging recovery in corporate earnings is moderate individuals bruised and foreign access/appetite limited Back to basics and a time to revisit business models, financial architecture and regulator frameworks build a deep sukuk market to compliment bank lending reinforce regulations and promote greater transparency The worst may be over but the road to prosperity is long

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