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Bank Industry Risk Analysis: A Bright Future For Saudi Banks, Despite Stock Market Collapse May 07

  • ID: 1810399
  • May 2007
  • Region: Saudi Arabia
  • Standard & Poors
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  • Al Rajhi Bank
  • BankMuscat S.A.O.G.
  • BNP Paribas
  • HSBC Holdings PLC
  • Riyad Bank
  • Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of)
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Strong financial performance High capitalization Ample liquidity Strict banking regulation and supervision Economy sensitive to oil-price fluctuations and government spending Indirect vulnerability to a drop in real estate prices and seesawing stock markets Booming credit growth although slowed down by the recent stock market crash Nascent foreign competition in niche segments The banking system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (A+/Stable/A-1) is the largest in the Gulf, with total assets of Saudi Arabian riyal (SAR) 861.1 billion ($229.9 billion at SAR3.75 to $1) at year-end 2006. Given its size, it remains protected with 21 commercial institutions--11 locally incorporated entities and 10 foreign banks. Sector strength is based on the banks' strong financial performance, ample liquidity, high capitalization, and strict supervision...

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- Deutsche Bank AG
- BNP Paribas
- Gulf International Bank B.S.C.
- National Bank of Kuwait S.A.K.
- State Bank of India
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- HSBC Holdings PLC
- The National Commercial Bank
- Arab National Bank
- Samba Financial Group
- Riyad Bank
- The Saudi British Bank
- Emirates Bank International PJSC
- Saudi Hollandi Bank
- BankMuscat S.A.O.G.
- Al Rajhi Bank
- Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of)
- Saudi Basic Industries Corp.
- Banque Saudi Fransi
- The Saudi Investment Bank

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