CMA: Ownership value of foreign investors in capital markets increased by 150% by Q2 of 2021

CMA: Ownership value of foreign investors in capital markets increased by 150% by Q2 of 2021

CMA (The Capital Markets Authority) exerted several efforts and implemented various procedures to increase the attractiveness of the CMA. Besides, enhancing the direct and indirect entry of foreign investors; starting from allowing resident foreign investors to invest in the Saudi capital markets directly as of 2006; rather than limiting foreign investors to invest in investment funds.

The CMA, on Monday, revealed the most important developments and events that the capital market of Saudi Arabia witnessed. The procedures and laws that CMA implemented to develop the capital market. This is through working on stimulating the entry of foreign investors according to its tasks; under the capital market bylaw and regulations related to their implementation.

Exchanging agreements through CMA-certified brokerage firm

Following the allowing of the foreign direct investment in 2006, CAM, in 2008; allowed the non-resident foreign investors to invest in securities through exchange agreements through a CMA-certified brokerage firm.

In 2015, CMA allowed non-resident foreign investors to directly invest through launching rules regulating the investment of qualified foreign financial institutions in listed securities.

The Authority in the same year also allowed an amendment plan with the aim of increasing the attractiveness of the market to foreign investors and opening new scopes for the market through several initiatives, mainly amending the duration of settling listed securities deals to be after two business days (T+2) and applying international accounting rules issued by the International Financial Reporting Standards on companies listed on the Saudi CMA.

Expanding the investor base

CMA, in 2016, amended rules regulating the investment of foreign financial institutions in listed securities through alleviating the qualification requirements with the aim of expanding the investor base to include government bodies and government-affiliated bodies, reducing the minimum volume for the value of assets that are run by the institution requiring the qualification to at least SR3.75bn instead of SR18.75bn.

The amendments on rules regulating the investment of foreign financial institutions on listed securities are in harmony with CMA’s efforts aimed at developing the capital market and expanding the base of institutional investment, where the Authority also implemented several basic reforms, such as allowing non-resident foreign investors to directly invest in the Parallel Market (Nomu) as of 2017.

As a result of these efforts, the ownership value of foreign investors in CMA increased by more than 150% by the end of the second quarter of 2021 compared to the end of 2018, where the banking, basic items, energy and communications sectors were among the highest sectors in attracting foreign investment.

CMA stressed that these efforts have a tangible positive impact in increasing foreign monetary flows into CMA; stimulating foreign investors to positively contribute to the capital market. Besides, providing them with an opportunity to invest and save through their ownership of securities listed on CMA; which all played a role in increasing the attractiveness and efficiency of the market to foreign investors.

CMA seeks to contribute to realizing the goals of the Kingdoms’ Vision 2030; through developing the financial sector that aim at creating an attractive environment; to all categories of local and international investors alike.