BANQUE SAUDI FRANSI
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS For the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007 _______________________________________________________________________________________________
29 Cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents included in the consolidated statement of cash flows comprise the following:
Cash and balances with SAMA excluding statutory deposits – (note 4) Due from banks and other financial institutions maturing within ninety days from the date of acquisition
30 Business segments
The Bank’s primary segment reporting format is determined to be business segment. A business segment is a group of assets and operations engaged in providing products or services that are subject to risks and returns that are distinct from those of other business segments.
The Bank’s primary business is conducted in Saudi Arabia.
Transactions between the business segments are on normal commercial terms and conditions. Funds are ordinarily reallocated between business segments, resulting in funding cost transfers. Special commission charged for these funds is based on intra-bank rates. Transactions between the business segments are reported according to the Bank’s internal transfer pricing policy.
The Bank is organized into the following main business segments:
Retail Banking – incorporates private and small establishment customers' demand accounts, overdrafts, loans, saving accounts, deposits, credit and debit cards, consumer loans, and certain forex products.
Corporate Banking – incorporates corporate demand accounts, deposits, overdrafts, loans and other credit facilities and derivative products.
Treasury Banking – incorporates treasury services, trading activities, investment securities, money market, Bank’s funding operations and derivative products.
Investment banking and brokerage – Investment management services and asset management activities related to dealing, managing, arranging, advising and custody of securities, retail investments products, international and local shares brokerage services, insurance (brokerage).