Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power to Raise Capital by $1.9 Billion

Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power to Raise Capital by $1.9 Billion
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Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power to Raise Capital by $1.9 Billion

Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power to Raise Capital by $1.9 Billion

ACWA Power is set to increase its capital by SR7.13 billion ($1.89 billion) as part of its strategy to triple assets under management by 2030.

This move, facilitated through the issuance of right issues as per a Tadawul statement, is aimed at supporting the company’s growth trajectory while maintaining financial stability.

The initiative aligns with ACWA Power’s core mission of providing reliable, cost-effective electricity and desalinated water, thereby fostering sustainable social and economic development in communities and nations.

ACWA Power also anticipates a substantial rise in its average annual equity commitment between 2024 and 2030, with estimates ranging between $2 billion and $2.5 billion, up from the previous range of $1 billion to $1.3 billion.

In April, ACWA Power entered into a partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency to accelerate the global adoption of clean energy sources. The collaboration aims to advance renewable energy infrastructure investment, green hydrogen technologies, solar resources, smart grids, and the nexus between energy and water.

 



Chinese Officials Expect Bumpy Ride for Economy

A woman holding a Chinese flag walks along a street in Beijing, China, 19 July 2024.  EPA/ANDRES MARTINEZ CASARES
A woman holding a Chinese flag walks along a street in Beijing, China, 19 July 2024. EPA/ANDRES MARTINEZ CASARES
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Chinese Officials Expect Bumpy Ride for Economy

A woman holding a Chinese flag walks along a street in Beijing, China, 19 July 2024.  EPA/ANDRES MARTINEZ CASARES
A woman holding a Chinese flag walks along a street in Beijing, China, 19 July 2024. EPA/ANDRES MARTINEZ CASARES

Chinese officials acknowledged on Friday the sweeping list of economic goals re-emphasised at the end of a key Communist Party meeting this week contained "many complex contradictions," pointing to a bumpy road ahead for policy implementation.
Pressure for deep changes in how the world's second-largest economy functions has risen this year, with consumer and business sentiment near record lows domestically, and global leaders increasingly concerned with China's export dominance, Reuters reported.
Following a four-day, closed-doors meeting led by President Xi Jinping, which takes place once in roughly five years, officials made a raft of seemingly contradictory pledges, from modernizing the industrial complex while also expanding domestic demand to stimulating growth and simultaneously curbing debt risks.
The initial summary of the meeting, known as plenum, did not contain details on how Beijing plans to resolve the tensions between policy goals, such as how to get consumers to spend more while resources flow primarily to producers and infrastructure.
Concerns are growing that without a structural shift that gives consumers a greater role in the economy, debt will continue to outpace growth in order to finance Beijing's industrial modernization and global prominence goals.
That raises the stakes. Some analysts warn the current path fuels risks of a prolonged period of near-stagnation and persistent deflation threats as seen in Japan since the 1990s.
"High debt levels plus increasing deflationary pressures eventually could result in a Japan-style ... low growth and very low inflation," said Julian Evans-Pritchard, head of China economics at Capital Economics.
"That, I think, would force them to change course on their current policies. But that might not happen straight away. That might only happen in a few years’ time."
Contradictions in Chinese policy efforts have been present for decades, as were goals to increase manufacturing value added, enhance social security, liberalize land use and improve local government tax revenues.
But making tough choices is an increasingly urgent task. China grew at a slower than expected pace in the second quarter, leaning hard on industrial output and external demand, but showing persistent domestic weakness.
Speaking at a media briefing on Friday along with other Party officials, Tang Fangyu, deputy director of the central committee's policy research office, acknowledged the challenges.
"The deeper the reform goes, the more complex and acute the conflicts of interest it touches," Tang said.
"Pushing forward Chinese-style modernization faces many complex conflicts and problems, and we must overcome multiple difficulties and obstructions."
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said it was "positive that China’s leadership has again acknowledged many of the headwinds facing the country’s economy," but noted the outcome was largely "a reiteration of points."
"There appears to be no deviation from (China's) immediate priority, which is to balance its economic recovery against national security concerns, while maintaining social stability."

China is expected to publish a document with more detailed policy plans in the coming days.
But the fact that the initial post-plenum announcement borrowed heavily from China's existing playbook disappointed some economists.
“Nothing new under the sun: the same industrial policies, the same sense of things," said Alicia Garcia Herrero, chief economist Asia-Pacific at Natixis.
"Really no change in direction, no consumption-led growth, nothing. No sentence on the power of market forces, nothing. So, it’s really disappointing.”
Chinese stocks, not far above the five-year lows hit at the start of 2024, were flat on Friday, suggesting the plenum did little to improve sentiment.