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Aside from implications of the current political impasse in the country, news from the international front is seemingly not very encouraging for Pakistan’s cement sector. Recently, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa accepted an application by South African cement manufacturers, which alleges that Portland cement imported from Pakistan is being dumped on the South African Customs Union (SACU) market.
There is no scarcity of problems in this world. And when it comes to global economics, problems are, in fact, in abundant supply. But, what really are the biggest three economic problems faced by the world today?
When it comes to core banking, Silk Bank passes the test without a hitch. With an Advances-to-Deposits Ratio (ADR) of 73 percent and Investments-to-Deposits Ratio (IDR) ratio of 19 percent as of June 2014, the banks standing as a core banker seems quite convincing. Unlike its peers, Silk Bank is certainly not under the magic spell of lucrative yields on government securities rather it is excelling by boosting its advances portfolio.
FY14 was the year of overhauls and repairs for major independent power producers. And thus their profitability that picked up right after the settlement of circular debt remained stunted in year ending June 2014. But, for Kot Addu Power Company (Kapco) things started improving from the third quarter of FY14.
There seems to be no stopping to K-Electric's profitable journey that started off in FY12. The power generating and distribution company announced 1.89 times increase in its earnings for FY14 yesterday. In its annual result released at Karachi Stock Exchange, it also announced a cash dividend up to a maximum of 15 percent only for minority shareholders, subject to waiver from its four majority stakeholders namely GOP, KESP, IFC and ADB. The firm did not announce any dividend for majority shareholder due to circular debt and cash flow constraints.
Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited (SCB) has performance ratios that most local banks would die for. Although, the after-tax 1H CY14 profits largely remained flat year on year, the bank did boast further improvement in spreads, cost of funds, asset and liability mix and administrative cost control.
Summit Bank is learning the hard way. It still continues to be in net losses, and massive ones at that. But, there are signs of visible improvement. In a rare industry event, the banks top line slid year on year, as the asset-base shrunk in relation to the same period of last year. Summit has been on the road to clearing its books, improving the deposit-mix and the asset portfolio.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 02, 2014
Reserves $13.581 bln