x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Qatar's Doha Bank to launch rights issue to local investors

Doha Bank will launch the first phase of a two-part capital increase, a 1.55 billion Qatari riyals rights issue to local investors, on February 28.

Qatar's Doha Bank will launch the first phase of a two-part capital increase, a 1.55 billion Qatari riyals rights issue to local investors, on February 28, the lender said on Thursday.

Capital levels at Qatar's fifth-largest bank by market value are lower than its Qatari peers and proceeds from the issue are expected to be used mainly to plug that shortfall.

The issue, which is equivalent to 50 per cent of its total shares, will be split equally between a local offering and global depositary receipts (GDRs) in London.

The first stage will be an offering of 51.7 million new shares to current stockholders which will begin on February 28 and run until March 13, Doha Bank said in statement after shareholders approved the move.

The second part, the London GDR offering, will follow the local offering, although timing is subject to receiving the necessary regulatory approvals, the statement said.

GDRs will be priced at a minimum of 90 per cent of the market share price on the date of issue, it added.

JP Morgan will act as lead manager for the GDR issue, the bank's chief executive Raghavan Seetharaman said last month.

 

* Reuters