Hermes Financial Group expects value of STC share to increase by 14%

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Published June 2nd, 2011 - 09:41 GMT

The latest report issued by Hermes Financial Group praised STC Group’s current organizational infrastructure, describing it as more sophisticated than ever before, and also praised the Group’s positive developments in the field of transparency and communication. The report noted STC is aware that lack of transparency is one of the most important issues that worries investors, and confirmed its neutral classification for the fair value of STC share with expectations of a 14% increase. 

The Hermes report focused on the details of STC’s latest foreign operations, which consist of the USD 1.2 billion funding deal conducted with Indonesian company Axis. The report also described Axis as a strategic operator that is willing to gain a market share in a highly competitive market dominated by three main incumbents, noting that the company is planning to double its annual revenue for 2012 to exceed USD 1 billion for the next five years. The report also said that international operations should contribute 50% of STC’s total revenue versus the current 33%, which is higher than Hermes 40% estimate. 

The report also points out STC is intending to focus its international expansion mainly on opportunities in the Middle East. Syria was the only actual opportunity mentioned and STC made it clear they are very interested in that exposure, which convinced Hermes that STC will be very aggressive in their approach to operate Syria’s third mobile license. 

Background Information

Hermes Financial Group

With a current footprint spanning twelve countries across four continents, EFG Hermes started in Egypt and has grown over 30 years of success to become a leading financial services corporation with access to emerging and frontier markets. Drawing on our proven track-record and a team of more than 4,400 talented employees, we provide a wide spectrum of financial services that include investment banking, asset management, securities brokerage, research and private equity to the entire MENA region.

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