x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Qatar Insurance shareholders back rights issue and 20% stake sale

Shareholders of Qatar Insurance have approved plans for a rights issue worth 963.2 million Qatari riyals and to sell a 20 per cent stake to sovereign wealth fund Qatar Holding.

Shareholders of Qatar Insurance have approved plans for a rights issue worth 963.2 million Qatari riyals and to sell a 20 per cent stake to sovereign wealth fund Qatar Holding, the insurer said on Monday.

The company will sell 21.4 million new shares to existing shareholders priced at 45 riyals each, a bourse filing said.

Like most rights issues in the Gulf state, the proposed price is a significant discount to the market price. Qatar Insurance shares closed on Sunday at 71.6 riyals.

The planned capital increase, which still needs regulatory approval, is open to those holding shares on February 14 and will happen once a bonus share issue has been completed.

The bonus share offering, giving shareholders one new share for every five they currently hold, was also approved at the shareholder meeting on Sunday.

Shareholders also backed the planned sale of new shares worth 488.6m riyals to Qatar Holding, a move approved by the insurer's board in October.

Qatar Holding's presence as a strategic partner would strengthen the financial position of the company and help it to compete against major insurance companies elsewhere, the company said at the time.

The Qatari government is already Qatar Insurance's largest shareholder with a 12 per cent stake, according to Thomson Reuters data.

 

* Reuters