The Palestine Securities Exchange and leading Palestinian listed companies aim to attract investment opportunities during a London Road Show in March 2010 Thursday, 18 February 2010
The Palestine Securities Exchange (PSE) announced its upcoming road show to take place in London on 18-19 March 2010. The road show is a series of high level networking events in cooperation with British counterparties. The mission is supported by the office of the Quartet Representative, RH Tony Blair and in cooperation with the Portland Trust and the Palestine Britain Business Council (PBBC) in UK.
The road show hopes to expose UK investors, investment funds and fund managers in addition to the business and Palestinian Diaspora community in London to promising investment opportunities in Palestine.
The road show comes in partnership with the PALTEL Group. The Palestinian delegation to the UK will be comprised of senior executives from the Palestine Capital Markets Authority (PCMA), PSE member brokerage companies, PSE listed companies, the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) and The Palestine Investment Promotion Agency (PIPA).
The road show will also help unveil investment prospects in Palestine that are not known to UK investors. The PSE Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Aweidah stressed the importance of the London road show by showcasing the growth rates of the PSE compared to other markets. Aweidah stated that despite the global financial crisis and political instability, listed companies have exhibited healthy growth rates in 2009. He added " in 2009, the PSE recovered from the impact of the global financial crisis with good performance relative to other MENA countries: The Al-Quds index increased by 11.62% by the end of 2009. Aweidah confirmed that the PSE is financially sound, and well capitalized to maintain a steady business in a volatile world.
Paltel Group CEO, Ammar Aker stated, “We are coming to London to provide investors with an opportunity to invest in a company that is healthy with growing revenues and operating profitability. Being the largest listed Company on the PSE in terms of market capitalization, Paltel offers a return pattern that fits income and growth oriented investors. During 2009, Paltel provided a total return of 18%, 9% in the form of dividend yield and 9% in the form of price appreciation. These returns are accompanied with high liquidity that investors look for.
Our stock performance is supported by strong fundamentals that reflect our sound business model and management practices. During the period from 2003 to 2008, the revenues, EBITDA, EBIT, Net Income and EPS have grown by a CAGR of 23%,26%, 36%, 51%, 32%, respectively. The growth and profitability of the Company has gone hand in hand. The return on equity (ROE) in 2008 is 26.8% and return on assets (ROA) is 19.3%. We collectively, via this mission will offer an added value investment to attract our UK interlocutors.”
This is the second PSE road show outside Palestine. In 2009, the PSE headed to Chile, a country with a sizable and influential Palestinian Diaspora with significant means.
About Palestine Securities Exchange (PSE)
Palestine Securities Exchange (PSE) is a private shareholding company that was established in 1996 and held its first trading session on the 18 February 1997. The PSE operates under the supervision of the Palestinian Capital Market Authority and in accordance with the Securities Law No. (12) 2004 and its bylaws, in addition to modern regulations, which form a strong basis that ensure a fair trading environment. Today, there are ninety three (39) companies are listed on the PSE across five main economic sectors; banking, insurance, investments, industry and services.
There are no restrictions on foreign investments at the PSE or on Foreign Exchange by the Palestinian Monetary Authority. HSBC Middle East provides global custody services to interested foreign clients.
The PSE common values are: good governance, transparency, efficiency, fairness & equal opportunity.
About Paltel Group-The Telecommunications Leader in Palestine
Paltel commenced operations on January 1, 1997 as an integrated telecom operator and service provider offering Mobile, Fixed, Data and other support services in Palestine. Paltel is the national telecommunications provider in Palestine where its services cover more than 90% of the Palestinian Territories and reaches Palestinians in the Diaspora.
Paltel offers a range of services including local and international telephone services, internet, data communications, mobile, value-added services, payphones, and next-generation services in addition to creating the backbone for other related telecom service. As of December 2009, Paltel has 1.8 million mobile customers, 370,638 fixed line customers and roughly 92,482 ADSL customers.
Paltel is a public shareholding company listed on the Palestine Stock Exchange (PSE) & Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and currently its capital reaches JD 131,625 million with roughly 10,000 shareholders which include a range of institutional and individual investors. Paltel established VTEL, a company worth 1.2 billion USD that was incorporated at the Dubai International Financial Center in 2006 as part of its offshore investments and a vision to tap into international markets via its strategic investment in VTEL holdings. Paltel holds a 25% position in VTEL.
Paltel held an exclusive License Agreement with the PNA to develop the telecom sector; however a second license has been awarded to Wataniya Telecom. For more information, visit PALTEL on Internet: www.paltelgroup.ps
Contact Person at PSE
Mrs. Fida Azar
Contact Person at PG
Ms. Neda Morrar