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BSEC Announces Withdrawal of Robi’s Floor on Tuesday




The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) has announced the withdrawal of the floor price restriction for shares of Robi Axiata Limited, the country’s second-largest telecom operator, effective Tuesday.

In a directive issued on February 6, the regulatory body stated that the floor restriction for Robi shares would be lifted the day after the record date, set for March 18.

The floor price represents the lowest price set by the securities regulator at which a stock can be traded. Earlier in January, the commission lifted the restriction for most stocks, 18 months after its imposition.

Currently, Robi shares have been trading at the floor price of Tk30 each at the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE).

Robi is recognized as the fifth-largest company in terms of market capitalization, accounting for 3.9% of the DSE’s total valuation with a current total market cap of Tk15,714 crore.

Previously, on March 3, the floor price was removed for the largest stock, Grameenphone (GP), followed by the removal of the floor for British American Tobacco (BAT) Bangladesh, the second-largest company at the Dhaka bourse.

After the removal of the floor restriction, GP shares witnessed a decline of over 16%, settling at Tk241.2 each, while BAT Bangladesh stocks fell by 17% to Tk430 each, consequently impacting the benchmark index of the DSE.

Financial Overview of Robi:

On February 15, Robi disclosed its financial statement and announced dividends for the year 2023.

According to the company’s statement, its revenue surged by 16% year-on-year to Tk9,942 crore in 2023, marking the highest annual turnover in its history.

Moreover, its net profit reached Tk321 crore last year, reflecting a 76% annual growth.

Robi has declared a 10% cash dividend to its shareholders for the calendar year 2023.

The multinational company is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting on April 24 to approve the dividend and audited financial statement.

Rajeev Sethi, managing director and CEO of Robi, attributed the record-setting revenue in 2023 to the supreme confidence subscribers had in the network, leading Robi to achieve the highest number of subscriptions among all operators during the year.

In 2023, Robi Axiata expanded its subscriber base by adding 43 lakh new users, reaching a total of 5.87 crores, constituting 31% of the country’s overall mobile phone subscriber base.

Additionally, the company witnessed an 8.9% growth in its data subscriber base, reaching 4.47 crores compared to the previous year, with the 4G subscriber base surging by 23.7% year-on-year to 3.57 crores.

Earlier, the telecom company had distributed a 7% cash dividend for the year 2022. Robi reported earnings per share of Tk0.61 in 2023, marking a 74% increase compared to 2022.

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Eastland Insurance releases Q2 Financials



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One of the listed companies, Eastland Insurance Company Limited discloses its financial reports for the second quarter, (April – June 24).

The company’s earnings per share (EPS) Tk 0.27 paisa in Q2 of the current financial year (April – June 24). EPS was Tk. 0.41 for January-June 2024 as against Tk. 1.47 for the same period last year. EPS  was Tk 0.80 paisa during the same period last year. NAV per share was Tk. 20.85  as of June 30, 2024.

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Shahjalal Islami Bank reveals unchanged Q2 Financials



One of the listed companies, Shahjalal Islami Bank PLC discloses its financial reports for the second quarter, (April – June 24).

The company’s Consolidated earnings per share (EPS) Tk 1.50 paisa in Q2 of the current financial year (April – June 24). Consolidated EPS was Tk. 1.50 for January-June 2024 as against Tk. 1.47 for the same period last year. EPS  was Tk 0.80 paisa during the same period last year. Consolidated NAV per share was Tk. 20.85 as of June 30, 2024.

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Asian markets track tech-led plunge on Wall St, yen extends gains




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Asian markets tumbled Thursday after a tech-fuelled sell-off saw Wall Street tank, as disappointing earnings caused traders to panic that a months-long rally in the sector may have been overdone.

Tokyo’s Nikkei led the retreat in equities, with a stronger yen adding to the downward pressure on exporters, while technology giants across the region were deep in the red.

Global stocks have pushed ever higher this year — with New York’s three main indexes hitting multiple records — with tech titans such as Alphabet and chip makers such as Nvidia and TSMC boosted by an explosion of interest in all things linked to artificial intelligence.

The rallies have been helped by blockbuster profits and upbeat outlooks, causing investors to pile more cash in owing to a fear of missing out.

However, with valuations pushing to dizzying heights, analysts have been warning about retreat, and Tuesday’s earnings from Tesla and Google-parent Alphabet provided a selling opportunity.

Tesla said profits fell 45 percent in the second quarter owing to price cuts and aggressive AI investment and while Alphabet beat forecasts, results from YouTube were less upbeat.

The two firms are part of the so-called “Magnificent Seven” tech kings who have been key to the driving gains in markets this year. Tesla shed 12.3 percent and Alphabet gave up five percent.

All three main indexes on Wall Street tumbled, with the Nasdaq shedding more than three percent and the S&P 500 down more than two percent in its worst day since December 2022.

“Investors are now facing the pressing question: How long will it take for these massive investments by hyperscalers to start delivering over-the-top results?” asked analyst Stephen Innes.

“Patience is becoming the new flag-bearer for recent tech stockholders as they wait for these tech bets to pay off,” he added in his Dark Side Of The Boom newsletter.

Asia followed suit, with tech firms among the big losers — Seoul’s SK Hynix dived more than eight percent at one point despite strong earnings, while in Tokyo Sony was off more than four percent and SoftBank more than seven percent.

Hong Kong and Shanghai fell even after a surprise cut in a key rate by the Chinese central bank.

Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Wellington, Manila and Jakarta were also well in the red.

The Nikkei in Tokyo tumbled more than three percent at one point.

Hideyuki Suzuki, senior analyst at SBI Securities, told AFP that “falls in the US tech sector — especially a plunge in Tesla shares, and disappointing Alphabet earnings — as well as a stronger yen weighed on the market.”

The boom in electric vehicle sales is slowing, and “excessive expectations for AI and other technologies are being corrected,” he said.

However, he added that “it’s not that economic fundamentals are worsening, so shares may rebound after” Japanese and US central bank meetings.

“The yen is higher on speculation that the Bank of Japan may hike interest rates” at its meeting next week, but views are divided, Suzuki said.

The yen extended a rally against the dollar that has been underway in recent weeks, having hit a nearly four-decade low near 162 at the start of this month.

The Japanese unit strengthened to as much as 152.65 per dollar at one point, with Innes saying “traders seem to have shifted from squaring short yen positions to taking long yen bets” ahead of the meeting.

Market watchers are divided on whether Japan’s central bank will raise interest rates again as officials look to normalise their longstanding ultra-loose monetary policy.

– Key figures around 0230 GMT –

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 2.5 percent at 38,165.19 (break)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: DOWN 1.5 percent at 17,058.26

Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 0.9 percent at 2,875.61

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.0839 from $1.0842 on Wednesday

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2890 from $1.2905

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 152.89 yen from 153.99 yen

Euro/pound: UP at 84.09 pence at 84.08 pence

West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 0.4 percent at $77.30 per barrel

Brent North Sea Crude: DOWN 0.4 percent at $81.40 per barrel

New York – Dow: DOWN 1.3 percent at 39,853.87 (close)

London – FTSE 100: DOWN 0.2 percent at 8,153.69 (close)

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