News 2006

Dec 2006

Samba Distributes SR 1.102 Billion in Dividends for 2nd half 2006

M. Eisa M. Al Eisa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Samba Financial Group, announced that the Board of Directors has recommended to the Shareholders Annual Meeting to approve dividends for the second half of 2006 totaling to SR 1,102, at SR 1.7 per share (net of Zakat). Should the Shareholders Annual Meeting approves the Board's recommendations, this will bring the annual earnings per share to SR 3.4 (net of Zakat) and accordingly the total dividends of 2006 will jump to SR 2,171, compared to SR 1,783 in 2005 an annual increase of 22%.

Samba Signs an agreement with omar Qasim ALesayi group company

Samba signed an Agreement with Omar Qasem Alesayi Group Company Ltd. for management and development of Samba's Real Estate Fund, which Samba intends to launch shortly. The Agreement was signed by Mr. Eisa M. Al-Eisa, Samba's Managing Director and CEO, and Mr. Mohammad Omar Alesayi, CEO of Omar Qasem Alesayi Group Ltd.

Al-Inmaa' Bank Appoints Samba as Financial Advisor and IPO Manager

General Investment Fund and Al-Inmaa' Bank, a Saudi banking joint stock company, have entered into Agreement with Samba Financial Group to appoint Samba as the Financial Advisor and IPO Manager for floating 70% of Al-Inmaa' Bank Share Capital totaling to SR15 billion for public subscription. This is the largest IPO in the banking sector ever in the history of Saudi Arabia. 1.05 billion shares are intended to be floated for public subscription at par value of SR10 per share without any issuance premium. The remaining share capital (30% of the shares) will be distributed equally between the General Investment Fund (GIF), Public Pension Agency (PPA) and the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI).

Nov 2006

First Real Estate Fund

Mr. Eisa M. Al-Eisa, Samba Managing Director and CEO, announced that Samba intends to launch a new Shariah Compliant Real Estate Fund, the first of its kind in the Kingdom under the umbrella of the Real Estate Investment funds bylaws and regulations issued recently by the Capital Market Authority. This fund is advantaged by a quarterly evaluation mechanism to enable investors perform the fund's transactions, such as subscription, redemption, etc. during the investment period according to a pre-specified time schedule".

Samba intends to acquire 68% of Pakistani bank

Mr. Eisa M. Al-Eisa Samba Managing Director and CEO today announced that Samba intends to acquire 68% of Pakistani bank Crescent Commercial Bank Ltd. (CCBL). The transaction will see CCBL issuing an additional 600 million new shares to Samba to the value of PKR 6 billion ($US 100 million) at a par value of PKR 10 per share. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the implementation of Samba bid terms and conditions and finalization if of the relevant legal formalities.

Samba Agreement with Al-Hokair

Fawaz Al-Hokair Real Estate Company entered into a loan agreement with Samba worth SR 165 million to finance Alnoor Mall, which the Company intends to build and manage in Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah. The Agreement was signed by Mr. Eisa M. Al Eisa, Samba Managing Director and CEO, and Mr. Fawaz A. Al-Hokair, Chairman of Fawaz Al-Hokair Group.

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Oct 2006

Third Quarter Results

Samba Financial Group (Samba) announced its nine months ended 30 September 2006 financial results, showing an escalating growth in net income up to SR 4.27 billion (2005: SAR 3 billion), an increase of 42.3% over the same period last year. 2006 third quarter income of SAR1.44 (2005:SAR1.19) is the highest ever realized net income sine the bank's incorporation and higher than 2006 first and second quarters, signifying the Samba's outstanding performance and its persistent endeavors to realize best results.

Samba Launched 2 investment Funds in GCC Equities

Samba launched recently 2 investment funds in GCC Equities: "Al-Musahem GCC Fund" and "Al Raed GCC Fund".

After Receiving "Best Bank in the Middle East" and "Best Bank in Saudi Arabia" Awards

Mr. Eisa Al-Eisa, Samba Managing Director and CEO affirmed the solid and stable financial position of Samba Financial Group and its ability to post escalating growth rates, which signifies success of its strategy and risk confrontation approach, as well as its ability to diversify its assets and develop its financing schemes and banking services.

Sep 2006

SRMG Appoints Samba as Financial Consultant and IPO Manager for Al-Madina Printing & Publishing Company

The Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG) entered into an agreement with Samba Financial Group appointing it as the Financial Consultant and IPO Manager for Al-Madina Printing & Publishing Company Initial Public Offering. Building on the Company's successive achievements and encouraging financial results, SRMG resolved to sell 30% of its subsidiary, Al-Madina, on the recommendation of its Board of Directors, led by its Chairman HRH Prince Faisal Bin Salman.

July 2006

Al Eisa: Samba enables its Clients to trade in Shares of Companies Listed in the Gulf, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco's Capital Markets

Samba Financial Group announces the opening of the Gulf Shares Trading Unit, thus providing its customers with investment opportunities to trade conveniently in GCC, Egyptian, Jordanian and Moroccan shares.

Samba donation to Lebanon

Responding to the noble call of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, to extend support to the Donation Campaign to relief the brotherly people of Lebanon against the sustained assaults, Samba announces a donation of SR 2 million.

Samba is the financial advisor for Saudi Kayan company

The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) entered into agreement with, BNP Paribas, Samba Financial Group, and Arab Banking Corporation (ABC), as Lead Arranger of the Financing Loan amounting to USD 4.8 billion to Saudi Kayan Company, an affiliate to SABIC, currently under construction, plans to construct a world scale giant petrochemical complex in Al-Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with an annual capacity exceeding 4 million metric tons of chemical products some of which will be manufactured for the first time in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The highest among the Kingdom's Banks

In its latest rating, Capital Intelligence has upgraded Samba's Long Term Foreign Currency Rating to A+ from A and is the highest in the Kingdom and its rating is also on par with Saudi Arabia's Sovereign long-term rating. Other ratings reaffirmed were Foreign Currency S/T: A1; Financial Strength: A+; Support 2; Outlook: Stable.

Q2 2006 Results

Samba Financial Group (Samba) announced its six months ended June 2006 net income, which reached a record SAR 2,830 million (2005: SAR 1810 million) an increase of 56.4% over the same period last year. Mr. Eisa AI-Eisa, the Managing Director & CEO released the following commentary on the financial results

Q2 2006 Dividends

Mr. Eisa AI-Eisa, the Managing Director & CEO of Samba Financial Group announced that the bank's Board of Directors has sanctioned the distribution of semi-annual dividends at SR 1.70 per share net of Zakat for the 6 months ended on 30.6.2006, after securing approval of the competent authorities. The distributed earnings will total to SR1070 million, and will be posted on 29/07/2006 (4/7/1427) to the shareholders accounts who are listed in the bank's registers as at 12/7/2006.

Al-Fareed Fund

Once again, Al-Fareed Fund, a Samba growth and income fund, underlines its impressive market performance and growing returns. Samba Asset Management Department approved the distribution of dividends against the first half of 2006 amounting to 2.5% of the fund's unit price based on July 1,2006 evaluation.

June 2006

Banker Technology Award

Samba has won an award in "innovation in Technology" within The Banker Magazine 2006 Technology Awards, as announced in The Banker Magazine, June 2006 issue. The award was presented during a ceremony held in Sheraton Park Hotel in London on June 8, 2006, during which The Banker editors explained the judges decision for choosing Samba IT's Straight through Processing System (STP) over any other application.

Best Saudi Bank Award

Samba has been named "Best Bank in Saudi Arabia" by pre-eminent international finance magazine Euromoney. The award was presented, among others, at the 2006 Euromoney Awards for Excellence Middle East Dinner. Euromoney noted that "After only two years under local management, following the departure of Citigroup, Samba is now in its strongest ever position in an increasingly competitive local market and is a clear winner of the Best Bank in Saudi Arabia". Euromoney was also very impressed with the bank's commitment to technology citing the fact that, "There has been a significant investment in technology which has enabled the bank to use this as a major competitive strength."

May 2006

Dar Al-Arkan Agreement

Samba has been named "Best Bank in Saudi Arabia" by pre-eminent international finance magazine Euromoney. The award was presented, among others, at the 2006 Euromoney Awards for Excellence Middle East Dinner. Euromoney noted that "After only two years under local management, following the departure of Citigroup, Samba is now in its strongest ever position in an increasingly competitive local market and is a clear winner of the Best Bank in Saudi Arabia". Euromoney was also very impressed with the bank's commitment to technology citing the fact that, "There has been a significant investment in technology which has enabled the bank to use this as a major competitive strength."

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Dar Al-Arkan signed an SR 810 million Islamic compliant Murabaha Agreement with Samba Financial Group for financing four scopes of Al-Qasir Project in Al-Swaidi district in Riyadh. The agreement was signed by Mr. Eisa Al-Eisa, Samba Managing Director & CEO, and Mr. Abdullatif Al-Shalash, Dar Al-Arkan board member.

Samba holds "Smart Investment"; symposium for its ladies customers

Samba Financial Group has recently held a symposium on "the Smart Investment in Saudi Stock Market" for its ladies customers at Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh. Remarkable numbers of ladies attended the symposium, which discussed the fundamental pillars on which businesswomen can rely when taking decisions pertinent to investment in Saudi stock market. The symposium has also tackled factors that led to the high rocketing Saudi stock market rise for the period covering 2005 and early 2006.

Apil 2006

Samba is named the best bank for 2006 in KSA

The internationally renowned "Global Finance" magazine has announced the findings of its annual evaluation of "the best emerging market bank in the Middle East & Africa in 2006 ". Global Finance, a specialist in worldwide banking & financial affairs has named Samba as "The Best Bank in Saudi Arabia for 2006".

Samba holds a symposium on smart investment for Samba Diamond customers

Samba Financial Group held Monday 24th April 2006 a symposium titled "Smart Investment in Saudi Stock Market" for Samba Diamond customers. The symposium, held in Four Season Hotel, Riyadh, aimed at disseminating awareness among Samba investors, how to benefit from the present market status and avoid losses in future. Mr. Yousef Kassantini, a well-known financial expert, was invited to address the symposium which was attended by more than 500 elite customers.

Al-Aujan to float 30% of its share in an Initial Public Offering

Al-Aujan Industries Company will offer 30% of its share in an IPO in a bid to expand its industrial & commercial activities in the field of canned juices and soft drinks. Al-Aujan has been in this business since its establishment in 1905.

Samba signs a SR1390 million financing agreement with National Industrialization Petrochemicals Company

Samba Financial Group has signed an agreement worth SR 1390 millions with National Industrialization Petrochemicals (NIPC) Company, an affiliate of National Industrialization Company, for financing the incorporation of Saudi Ethylene & Polyethylene Company, a subsidiary of NIPC. Pursuant to the Agreement, made in Riyadh on Sunday 23rd April 2006 by Eng. Mubarak Al-Khafrah, NIPC Chairman & Managing Director and Mr.Eisa Al-Eisa, Samba Managing Director & CEO, Samba will provide necessary financing in two facilities: The first one is a SR 1 billion Murabahah bridge loan for financing the Company share in the capital of Ethylene & Polyethylene Complex, whereas the second one is a SR390-million five-year Islamic Murabahah loan for financing NIPC utility facilities at Al-Jubail Industrial City.

SRMG share allocation finalized

Samba Financial Group announced that share allocation process of SRMG (Saudi Research & Marketing Group) is now completed, with latest statistics showing that nearly 1,67 subscribers have taken part. With record time following subscription closure on Monday 19th Rabia Al-Awwal 1427H corresponding to 17th April 2006, all recipient banks have finalized the settlement & auditing operations, said Samba.

Samba Profits up by 75% - Announces Net Income of SAR 1428

Samba Financial Group (Samba) has announced a record increase of 75% in its Net Income over the same period last year.

March 2006

Samba awarded "Deal of The Year" for 2005 for Saudi Arabia

The Banker, a well-known international financial magazine, granted the award "Deal of The Year" to Samba Financial Group for the year 2005 in Saudi Arabia. Samba was selected for the outstanding success of its management of Yanbu Petrochemical Project "YANSAB" after being appointment as financial advisor.

Feb 2006

Reminder to Samba Financial Group Shareholders

Samba Financial Group would like to remind its shareholders that the Group's Board of Directors has suggested distribution of the profits for the year ending on 31st December 2005. Net profit after deduction of Zakat is SR 14 per share for Saudis.

"Al-Arabiya" transmits live developments of Saudi stock market from "Samba"

Mr. Eisa Al-Eisa, Samba Managing Director and CEO pointed out that Saudi public can now get live news of the latest developments of the Saudi stock market from Al-Arabiya Channel. Al-Arabiya will transmit a daily live report from "Samba", the first initiative of its kind for providing viewers with stock market news & information. The step, deemed as a fundamental foundation for taking right decisions relating to share circulation, will further enhance the Saudi citizen awareness of investment by supporting him with instantaneous & reliable information.

Al-Eisa: Samba crowns 2005 with record net income of SR4 billion

Samba Financial Group announced another record-breaking year as it posted the highest net profits ever in its history for 2005. Samba's net profits for 2005 hit SR4.018 billion, an increase of 60% versus 2004 net profits of SR2.506 billion.