Richard Melson

April 2006


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Dear Investor,

We would like to present our First Reaction Report to the FY 2005 results published by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), listed on the Tadawul Stock Exchange in Saudi Arabia

For the year ended December 31 2005, SABIC reported a net profit of SAR 19.2 billion compared to a net profit of SAR 14.2 billion for 2004, representing a y-o-y growth of 35.2%. The sales for the year came in at SAR 78.206 billion, up 13.77% from SAR 68.738 billion in 2004. The full-year profits came from price increases in major products, coupled with 9% rise in production capacity to 46.7 million tons, and a 9% increase in sales to 36.6 million tons. The company’s board recommended the distribution of Cash dividends of SAR 23 per share for the year

SABIC enjoys a strong brand image as the largest petrochemical company in the gulf region. The company has seen a dream run of profits in the last two years. Backed by the Saudi Arabian Govt., SABIC carries tremendous credibility and reach. Its size and integration of operations enable it to reap rich economies of scale. However, demand for and pricing of some petrochemical products are on a downturn at present. In addition, large projects to raise production capacities of petrochemical products are underway in countries like Iran and China, which may depress pricing in future. On the flip side, with global oil prices continuing to be buoyant, raw material costs do not show any signs of relenting. Further, the company’s strategy is too tilted toward demand growth driven by Asian economies.

While SABIC has taken steps to cut costs and improve profitability, there are concerns about whether it will be able to repeat the performance of the last couple of years. SABIC’s growth has slowed down already and falling prices of petrochemicals may affect profitability in 2006. Although SABIC’s Management expects good profits this year, it is not clear yet whether they will top those of 2005. We, therefore, maintain our cautious outlook on SABIC’s stock

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First Reaction Report from TAIB Bahrain: SABIC

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Sunday, April 9, 2006