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Title: The Effects of Current Events on the Israeli Economy and Investments

The Effects of Current Events on the Israeli
Economy and Investments
  • Foreign Trade Administration
  • Investment Promotion Center
  • Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • Updated March 19, 2003
  • Updated 25 March, 2002

The Basics
  • Israeli businesses, factories and companies are
    operating at full capacity, with 100 manpower,
    across the country.
  • Ports, communications, transport, power, water
    and all other forms of infrastructure are
    operating as normal.

We feel that we must be in Israel today, It is
an innovative and competent country. Ericsson is
in Israel to stay
  • Kurt Hellstrom
  • CEO, Ericssonn
  • Dagens Nyheter Newspaper, 11.12.02


The Current State of Affairs
  • Hi-tech
  • Non-hi-tech industries
  • The economy as a whole

1. Hi-Tech
  • As far as Israeli technology is concerned, the
    security situation has had no special impact..
    RD activity. is not affected by events, because
    RD centers are located far from the
    flashpoints. (Goldman Sachs- 15.10.00)
  • Despite the ongoing political and economic
    upheaval in the Middle East, Israels innovative
    high-tech sector has lost little of its dynamism
    (McKinsey Co. Report 27.8.01)

Global Recession
  • Comparisons of investment and stock market
    indicators suggest that the decrease in
    investment and sales activity in Israels
    high-tech sector is largely a result of the
    global economic downturn, rather than local
    political or security problems.

What Affects Israeli Hi-tech?
  • The next slide shows that the Tel Aviv stock
    market mirrors what happens on Wall St, rather
    than being largely affected by domestic events.
  • The following slide illustrates investment
    trends. Once again, it can clearly be seen that
    investment in Israel, is affected by global

Tel Aviv-100 Dow Jones Nasdaq
VC Investments US and Israel
Source PwC
The Mirror Effect
January 2001- April 2002
Global Investment
Israels decrease mirrors countries such as the
US and the UK.
Hi-tech Capital Raised (1995-2002)
Source IVC Online
Hi-tech Capital Raised(by quarter)
Effects on Investment
  • In light of the current security situation
    many Israeli business people continue to travel
    to investors and business meetings abroad.
    Israeli companies are also well represented at
    trade fairs and conventions throughout the world.
    This compensates for those potential investors
    and foreign business people who find it difficult
    to visit Israel at present.

Investment Continues
  • Despite changes in the security situation in
    September 2000, foreign investment in Israeli
    hi-tech has continued.
  • Israeli VCs, as well as foreign funds dedicated
    to Israeli technology companies, have continued
    to raise substantial capital.
  • Multinationals have continued to expand their
    presence in Israel.

VCs September 2000
Dedicated Israel fund Dedicated Europe and
Israel fund
VCs 2001 - 2002
Dedicated Israel fund Dedicated Europe and
Israel fund
Multinationals Confident
  • December 2000 Intel began construction of its
    new RD facility in Jerusalem.
  • August 2001 Applied Materials announced a 15m
    investment to expand its Israeli facilities (in
  • March 2001 Sequoia Capital opened its first
    non-US VC fund, in Israel.
  • July 2002 Boston Scientific opened its first
    Israel office.
  • October 2002 Hewlett-Packard opening new Israel
    RD center.

Multinationals Invest
  • April 2001 SAP (Germany) bought TopTier Software
    for 400m cash.
  • Jan 2002 Philips (Medical Systems) announced a
    major expansion of its Haifa RD facility.
  • February 2002 Applied Materials invests 100m in
    RD in Israel.
  • May 2002 Fox Paine Co. bought Paradigm
    Geophysical for 100m.
  • November 2002 Veritas bought Precise Software
    for 557m cash.
  • December 2002 IBM signed cooperation agreements
    with 19 Israeli companies.

Recent Israeli Headlines 2002
  • Verint Raises 72 million in Nasdaq IPO
  • Cisco and Sequoia Capital Invest in Riverhead
  • Harvest II Fund Closed at 90 million
  • Sequoia Capital and Kodak Invest in Traiana
  • First Israeli Company Listed on Australian Stock
  • First Israeli Company Enters the Nasdaq 100 Index
  • Tower Semiconductors Raises 35m
  • Hoover to Establish Israeli RD Center
  • Two New Israeli Seed Funds Established
  • Intel Invests in Passave
  • AOL-Time Warner Invests in Big Band Networks
  • PwC Effort to Accelerate Israeli Biotech
  • Hitachi Set to Expand Israel Investments

Venture Funding
2001 figures used for comparison
Foreign Investors
  • Forbes Theres a good investment opportunity in
  • Israeli technology stocks Buy
  • 22 July, 2002 A.
    Gillies, Wish Upon a Star in Forbes Magazine.
  • The entry into Israel of an investment fund
    the size of Fox Paine is a vote of confidence in
    the Israeli economy and its strength. .. We are
    now working on several mergers and acquisitions
    in the hundreds of millions of dollars. All
    involve foreign investors wanting to invest in
  • 27 May, 2002 A. Malik, Reliance
    Capital CEO on Fox Paines purchase of
  • Israeli company Paradigm
    Geophysical for 100 million

CEO, Shamrock Holdings
  • If you liked investing in Israel in the late
    1990s, youve got to love it today. Same talent.
    Same opportunity. Better prices.
  • July 28, 2002. Mr.Stanley Gold, Director, Walt
    Disney Company CEO, Shamrock Holdings.

2. Non- Hi-tech Industries
  • Many of Israels non-high-tech industries have
    been affected by the current situation.
  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Tourism

  • The agricultural sector, which represents 2.5
    of Israel's GDP, has been adversely affected due
    to the depletion of its workforce.

  • Homebuilding, infrastructure, public and
    commercial buildings make up 25 of GDP.
  • There has been a 17.6 drop in investments in

  • Tourism, which accounts for about 3 of GDP, has
    been the sector worst hit by the current
  • Hotel stays by overseas guests declined by 60.5
    in 2001 and by 31.2 in 2002.
  • These figures were partially offset by a 6.2
    increase in domestic tourism in 2002.
  • The number of hotel employees dropped by 50.

  • Tourism Revenue 2000 3.4 billion
  • 2001 2.4 billion
  • 2002 2.1 billion

  • As a result of the crisis, around 40,000 people
    have lost their jobs in the tourism sector.
  • Around 12,000 people lost jobs in other sectors.

Exports to the PA
  • Exports to the areas controlled by the
    Palestinian Authority accounted for about 5 of
    Israeli exports in 1999.
  • In Q4 2000, these figures plummeted by 50 over
    the previous quarter and have remained low.
  • These exports mainly generate very low value
    added for Israel (i.e. durable products imported
    via Israel).

Security Industries
  • Since September 11, 2001 Israeli security
    industries, long recognized as industry leaders
    have experienced strong growth.
  • The main areas are perimeter intrusion security,
    civilian protective equipment, data and online
    security as well as bio and chemical threat
  • Civilian exports by Israeli security companies
    were up 20 in the year following September 11.

3. The Economy as a Whole
  • (The economic downturn) has not undermined
    foundations laid in prior years
  • Moody's Vice President Jonathan Schiffer,
  • March 6, 2003

Fundamentally Strong Economy
  • Around 4,000 hi-tech companies in Israel, the
    highest concentration outside California.
  • A mature, developed, diversified economy
  • Sound and tight monetary and fiscal policy.
  • A government policy of deregulation,
    liberalization and privatization.

  • In July 2000, Moodys raised Israels credit
    rating to A2. In its accompanying report, Moodys
    stated that
  • the improved credit worthiness implied by this
    performance is less and less sensitive to
    potential risks from a geopolitical environment
    that reflects Israels relations with Middle
    Eastern states and with the Palestinian

Salomon Smith Barney
  • The economic conditions were in very good shape
    and could take a hit without losing credit
  • From Israel Managing Well Under Duress,
    Stephen Taran,
  • Head of Sovereign Credit Research, Salomon
    Smith Barney,
  • May 31, 2001

Economy Remains Strong
  • The current security situation flared up on heels
    of a fundamentally strong economy and a record
    year during 2000.
  • As a result, the economy withstood not only the
    effects of a deterioration in the security
    situation, but also stood firm in the face of the
    even more serious global economic downturn.

Crisis Has Not Affected Fundamentals
  • The Israeli economy is in a mature, developed and
    stable condition.
  • The various international ratings agencies have
    consistently maintained Israels ratings and
    reaffirmed their confidence in the Israeli
    economy despite the ongoing violence.

  • Dec 2000 Reaffirmed Israels credit rating
    citing Israels dynamic and diversified economy
    combined with its democratic values.
  • Oct 2002 Jan 2003 Again reaffirmed Israels
  • Jan 2003 Fitch Sovereign Ratings senior director
    Richard Fox commenting on Israel Were calm.

  • February 2001 Reaffirmed Israels credit rating
    stating the outlook for all Israeli ratings is
  • February 2002 Reaffirmed Israels rating saying
    plentiful and stable foreign currency reserves
    (25 billion) suggest that Israel can withstand
    temporary difficulties.
  • March 2003 Moodys announced that Israels
    credit rating remains unchanged.

Standard Poors
  • July 2001, Oct 2001 Oct 2002 Standard Poors
    repeatedly reaffirmed Israels credit rating.

IMF Reports 2001-2003
  • Optimism that the Israeli economy will emerge
    from the current downturn with financial
    stability intact, and poised for a resumption of
    rapid, sustainable output growth. IMF, 2001
  • Once global demand begins to recover, there is a
    good chance that the economy will return to its
    high potential growth path relatively quickly.
    IMF, 2002
  • Financial stability not threatenedThe term
    financial crisis does not apply to the Israeli
    market, but to states like those in South
    America. IMF, 2003

  • When the US economy stages a recovery, the
    flexibility and structural characteristics of the
    Israeli economy means that it will be well-placed
    to stage a quick recovery of its own.
  • International ratings agency, Fitch- report on
    Israel, Feb 10, 2002.
  • "We believe in the fundamental strength of
    Israel's economy and have confidence in its
    long-term potential."
  • White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, 16
    October, 2002

  • History has shown that the path to peace has many
    upswings and downswings. Despite this, the
    Israeli economy has continued to grow and expand
    even during times of conflict. There is no reason
    to believe that the current problems will
    significantly affect Israeli industry.
  • During 1991, the year of the Gulf War, Israel
    experienced 6 GDP growth.

A Global Economy
  • Since the 1980s, the Israeli economy has been
    closely linked to those of the western world.
  • During the 1990s, when the Asian flu caused
    weak economies to collapse across Asia, South
    America and Eastern Europe, the Israeli economy
    continued to grow, in line with other strong,
    stable and mature economies.
  • Therefore, all factors point to the conclusion
    that the Israeli economy will recover in line
    with global trends.

  • The Israeli economy is mature, stable and strong.
    The effects of the ongoing security unrest on the
    economy will be relatively mild and should not
    affect fundamentals.
  • We are confident that the economy will survive
    the turmoil and continue to grow at an impressive
    rate in the coming years. Morgan Stanley Dean
    Witter Report, as reported in Haaretz, February
    14, 2001

Ministry of Industry and TradeForeign Trade
AdministrationInvestment Promotion Center
  • 30 Agron St, Jerusalem
  • Israel, 94190
  • Presented by Dani Wassner/Daniel Meyer
  • Last Updated March 19, 2003