* Saudi's Jarir jumps on Q1 beat
* Most other retailers buoyant, lifts Saudi market
* Shares of DFM up on Q1 results
* Aldar climbs on Q1 earnings beat, higher revenue
* Egypt up, real estate shares strong
By Celine Aswad
DUBAI, May 9 Shares of companies that beat
quarterly earnings estimates outperformed on Tuesday with
electronics and bookstore retailer Jarir helping lift the mood
on the Saudi Arabian exchange.
Markets across the region rose modestly in thin trade.
Shares of Jarir surged 6 percent to 141.0 riyals
in the heaviest volumes in two weeks after it reported a 26.5
percent rise in first quarter net profit, beating analysts'
The company's board also recommended distributing 2.2 riyals
per share for the period, higher than the 1.75 riyals it paid
out in the prior year period.
"This implies an annualised dividend of 8.8 riyals per share
and yield of 6.6 percent, which is amongst the highest in the
sector and offers downside-risk protection to investors," said
Riyadh-based NCB Capital.
Jarir's top line rose by 20.3 percent in the period, helped
by rising sales of smartphones and sales of goods to schools.
Analysts at Riyadh-based Alrajhi Capital said revenue growth
was probably driven by new store openings after Jarir opened a
record seven retail stores in the last four quarters. Also
Alrajhi Capital said like-for-like sales at existing stores came
in better than estimated.
Consumers' spending is expected to improve on the back of
the reversal of last year's cut in civil servants' pay packages.
That is good news for companies like Jarir, despite its shares
trading at a slight premium to other retailers on a forward
NCB Capital, for example, rates the stock "overweight" and
has a price target of 142.6 riyals. It calculates the stock to
be trading at a forward price-to-earnings of 16.3 times earnings
compared to peers of 15.0 times.
The positive mood spilled into most other local consumption
related shares, with Jarir's competitor United Electronics
climbing 3.3 percent. The Saudi index rose 0.8
Supermarket operator Al Othaim rose 1 percent
after it reported a 29 percent rise in net profit on the back of
sales growth at existing branches and the opening of new
In Dubai, the index rose 0.5 percent as shares of
Dubai Financial Market, the only listed stock exchange
in the Gulf, rose 1.7 percent after its first quarter net profit
jumped by almost a fifth.
In neighbouring Abu Dhabi, shares of the largest listed
developer Aldar Properties rose 1.8 percent after its
net profit attributable to shareholders for the first quarter
came in at the upper end of analysts' estimates, although
slightly lower than a year earlier. The index rose 0.1
Qatar's index added 0.1 percent as half of the shares
rose. Oil-sensitive shares recovered some losses made in recent
days with Gulf International Services adding 0.5
percent on Tuesday, but staying near a 2013 low touched on
Cairo's main index rose 0.8 percent to 12,934
points in above 10-day average volume, suggesting fresh inflows
to the market after a lull.
Real estate developer Talaat Mostafa Group jumped
4 percent and Palm Hills Development Company rose 3.6
Although the companies have not yet reported first quarter
result, Palm Hills said last month that new sales in the three
months to March 31 rose by 58 percent from the prior year
Analysts at Naeem Brokerage said they expect sales to remain
strong for the entire real estate sector in Egypt, but have
warned that margins may drop on rising costs and a slowdown in
"Given the high inflationary environment and reduced
purchasing power of locals ... impacts on future demand
yet to be known," Naeem said.
* The index added 0.8 percent to 6,919 points.
* The index rose 0.5 percent to 3,408 points.
* The index edged up 0.1 percent to 4,585 points.
* The index inched up 0.1 percent to 9,866 points.
* The index added 0.8 percent to 12,934 points.
* The index fell 0.4 percent to 6,599 points.
* The index fell 0.5 percent to 1,316 points.
* The index declined 0.3 percent to 5,423 points.
($1 = 3.7502 riyals)
($1 = 18.0500 Egyptian pounds)
(Editing by Andrew Torchia and Susan Fenton)