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Bahrain Autos Report

Published 03 October 2014

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Bahrain Autos Report

New car sales have seen impressive growth in Bahrain year-to-date, rising by a reported 22% over H114, to 31,608 units. Given the positive start to 2014, we have decided to make an upwards revision to our 2014 sales forecast. BMI is now forecasting 14.5% growth in 2014, up from the previous forecast of just above 7%. This will take full-year new vehicle sales to around 63,298 units.

BMI's positive view on the near-term outlook for the Bahraini economy underpins our upbeat stance. Our Country Risk team is currently targeting 3.4% real GDP growth for 2014, rising to 3.8% in 2015 and 2016. In particular, we feel that Bahrain's economic growth will remain driven by the non-hydrocarbon sector heading into 2015, with supportive fiscal policies and progress on government-backed infrastructure projects helping to balance still-restrained business activity.

The country's inflation backdrop is also improving, with BMI having revised down its 2014 annual average CPI forecast to 2.9%, from 3.4% previously.  Although rental prices will continue to see strong growth as a result of tight housing stocks, weak international food prices and restrained wage growth will limit overall inflation. This could reduce pressure on the Central Bank to make any changes to domestic interest rates, which would prove helpful for any Bahraini consumers seeking financing for their new vehicle purchases.

However, there are some impediments to economic growth, which is why we believe that growth in new vehicle sales will temper slightly in 2015. First, we do not expect a broad-based upturn in the private sector over the coming quarters, given that the persistent uncertainty of Bahrain's political landscape remains a barrier to business confidence and investment. Secondly, employment growth continues to slow, with wage growth also decelerating.. All of this means that growth in private consumption - a key indicator of likely demand for new vehicles - will slow from 5.8% in 2014, to 4% in 2015....

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Business Environment
Industry Forecast
Table: Autos Total Market - Historical Data And Forecasts (Bahrain 2012-2018)
Passenger Vehicles
Table: Passenger Car Market - Historical Data And Forecasts (Bahrain 2012-2018)
Table: Bahrain - Top 10 Selling Manufacturers 2013
Table: Bahrain Autos Sector - Key Players
Commercial Vehicles
Table: Commercial Vehicle Market - Historical Data And Forecasts (Bahrain 2012-2018)
Macroeconomic Forecast
Economic Analysis
Expenditure Breakdown
Table: Economic Activity (Bahrain 2009-2018)
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Middle East Risk/Reward Ratings
Table: MENA Autos Risk/Reward Ratings
Company Profile
Company Monitor
Al Zayani Investments
Regional Overview
Table: MENA Production Investments
Global Industry Overview
Table: Passenger Car Sales May 2014 (CBUs)
Outperformers Boost European Outlook
Trucks Give North America A Lift
India Brings Relief To BRICs
Demographic Forecast
Table: Bahrain's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
Table: Bahrain's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
Table: Bahrain's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
Table: Bahrain's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
Industry Forecasts
Sector-Specific Methodology
Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology
Table: Automotive Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators And Weighting Of Indicators

The Bahrain Autos Report features the latest data and forecasts covering production, sales, imports and exports.

Business Monitor International (BMI)'s Bahrain Autos Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, auto associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the automotives market in Bahrain.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent automotives industry forecasts on Bahrain to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Bahraini automotives market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Bahraini automotives sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Bahrain.
  • Assess the activities and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Competitive Landscape Analysis.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts and views, covering production, sales and the introduction of new technology or products.

Global, Regional and Country Industry Overviews

In-depth analysis of the major global and regional developments in the market, which can be linked with the country industry overview, providing cross-country investment, product and financing trends that will affect each market, supported by BMI’s global and regional industry forecasts.

Business Environment Rankings

BMI's proprietary Autos Business Environment Rankings are a unique country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index that separately analyses the risks and rewards of operating in each market. It is aimed at investors (including manufacturers, suppliers and dealers) who seek to either identify and compare market opportunities, or evaluate country-specific operational challenges.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industries, economic and demographic data points.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

Total production value (US$bn); total production of units; production by vehicle-type (including cars, commercial vehicles, trucks and buses); total sales value (US$bn); sales by vehicle-type, including passenger cars and commercial vehicles (vans and microbuses, pickups, trucks and buses, 4 wheel drive); total exports by value (US$bn) and by units; total imports by value (US$bn) and by units; contribution to GDP; employment in industry.

BMI Economic Forecasts

BMI forecasts to end-2018 for all headline macroeconomic indicators, including real GDP growth, inflation, fiscal balance, trade balance, current account and external debt.

Company Profiles

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

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