10 new products to get export subsidy
The government is going to extend subsidies on the export of 10 new products with a view to boost export earnings to $50 billion by 2021 to achieve higher growth and generate employment. Moreover, garment export to the US, Europe and Canada will for the first time get 1 percent of the earnings as subsidy, for which the government has allocated Tk 2,825 crore. Garment export already gets subsidies in four categories ranging from 2 to 4 percent. The fruits of this subsidy would come through the achievement of the GDP growth target. At present, cash incentives ranging from 2-20 percent is provided on export of 26 categories of products. The new products will be eligible for cash incentives of 4 to 10 percent.
Foreign investors retreating from DSE
Net overseas investment in the Dhaka bourse has been in the negative for the last five months as foreign investors are put off by lack of coordination among regulators.The amount hit Tk 164.67 crore in the negative in July, when foreign investors purchased shares worth Tk 309.36 crore and sold Tk 474.03 crore, according to data from the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE). For instance, in February the telecom regulator declared Grameenphone a Significant Market Power (SMP), which will squeeze the mobile operator’s business prospects. This has dampened the confidence of foreign investors, who own around 40 percent of Grameenphone’s shares. But the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) did not consult with the stock market regulator about the consequence of the decision. In 2015, the energy regulator slashed the distribution charges of Titas Gas. As a result, the state-run gas utility lost more than Tk 3,000 crore in market value in the five months to February 2016. The inter-bank exchange rate stood at Tk 84.50 per dollar on Thursday, up from Tk 82.97 a year earlier, according to data from the Bangladesh Bank.
BB brings some relief to NBFIs’ cash crunch
The central bank yesterday raised the borrowing ceiling for non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) from the inter-bank call money market as it looks to ease the liquidity crisis in the sector. From now on, NBFIs can borrow up to 40 percent of their equites instead of 30 percent from the call money market, according to a Bangladesh Bank letter dispatched to managing directors of the 34 NBFIs operating in Bangladesh. This comes after the BB earlier on January 29 made the NBFIs’ call money borrowing limit based on equity instead of net asset. Despite maturity of the funds some of the NBFIs have failed to pay back their depositors due to cash shortage. But in the long run, the move will not be of much benefit as NBFIs provide long-term loans ranging from 10 to 20 years in general. There has been a cash mismatch in the NBFI sector as they are allowed to take deposit for a maximum period of two years but have to give out loans for a longer time horizon. An investor has to pay 30 percent tax on the income derived from bond.
EBL First MF tenure extended up to 2029
The tenure of EBL First Mutual Fund, a closed-end mutual fund, has been extended for another 10 years until August 18, 2029. Closed-end mutual funds are investment funds that gather a fixed pool of money for 10 years from a number of investors and re-invest them into stocks, bonds and other assets. Bangladesh RACE Management PCL, the asset manager of the fund, has informed that by order of the government, the BSEC through the exercise of its power accorded by the Securities and Exchange Ordinance, 1969 (XVII of 1969) Section 20A has given consent to extend the tenure of the existing EBL First Mutual Fund for another 10 years in relaxation of all applicable rules & regulations and procedures. In continuation, the EBL First Mutual Fund is declared extended up to August 18, 2029, said the disclosure. Earlier in September 2018, the stock market regulator has given a go-ahead to the extension of the tenure of closed-end mutual funds and handed over the right to the asset managers. Each unit price of EBL First Mutual Fund, which was listed on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) in 2009, closed at Tk 5.40 on Monday, gaining 1.88 per cent. On the close of operation on August 01, 2019, the Fund has reported net asset value (NAV) of Tk 10.54 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk 10.93 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk 10 whereas total net assets of the fund stood at Tk 1,526,001,853 on the basis of market price and Tk 1,581,679,190 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund. The Trustee Committee of the fund has declared 3.0 per cent cash dividend for the year ended on June 30, 2019.
Coppertech’s share jumps 348pc on debut trading
The Coppertech Industries made a flying trading debut on the bourses on Monday as its share price soared 348 per cent riding on the investors’ ‘irrational hype’ over the new issue. The engineering sector company’s share was traded between Tk 30 and Tk 45.50, before closing at 44.80 each on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE). Its issue price was Tk 10 each. The company also topped the turnover chart on the prime bourse, with 7.62 million shares worth Tk 311 million changing hands, capturing 6.52 per cent of the day’s total turnover. On the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), the company’s share price soared 331 per cent to close at Tk 43.10 each. The debutant was also the most traded stock on the port city’s bourse with about 2.41 million shares of Tk 96.06 million changing hands on the day. The Coppertceh, which received regulatory approval from the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) on December 26, 2018, raised a fund worth Tk 200 million, offloading 20 million shares under the fixed price method.The company’s IPO subscription was held between March 31 and April 9 this year for resident and non-resident Bangladeshis. On July 28, the DSE gave listing approval to the Coppertech following the regulatory instruction.
City Bank launches dedicated credit card for women
City Bank and American Express has launched The City Alo American Express Credit Card designed especially for female business executives. The contactless credit card offers customers a one-tap payment facility of up to Tk 3,000. Hossain Khaled, vice chairman of City Bank, unveiled the product at a press meet at The City Alo Flagship Branch on Gulshan Avenue in Dhaka on Sunday. City Alo is City Bank’s dedicated banking division for women. The card also comes with a chance to save Tk 1,000 at on-demand household service provider www.sheba.xyz or beauty parlour Persona and one night’s stay at Green View Golf Resort. Cardholders will get a range of medical and health benefits including annual health insurance coverage of Tk 20,000 per year on in-patient services, Tk 5,000 on outpatient services and up to 35 percent in savings at United Hospital, Labaid Cardiac Hospital and Labaid Specialised Hospital. The credit card also offers 33 percent savings on dining, lodging and shopping with various merchants across Bangladesh and on “American Express Selects” across the world.
Local and Global Stock Indices *
|Index Name||Close Value||Value Change||Percentage Change|
World Commodities *
|Commodity||Close Value||Value Change||Percentage Change|
|Crude Oil (WTI)||$ 55.29 ||↑0.60||↑1.10%|
|Crude Oil (Brent)|| $ 60.40||↑0.59||↑0.99%|
|Gold Spot||$ 1,459.65||↓4.05||↓0.28%|
Major Currencies Exchange Rates Movement in Last Seven Days *
|USD 1||BDT 82.8521|
|GBP 1||BDT 100.643|
|EUR 1||BDT 92.5184|
|INR 1||BDT 1.17107|
*CURRENCIES AND COMMODITIES ARE TAKEN FROM BLOOMBERG.<