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Jabal Omar to raise $450m in rights issue

Riyadh, October 24, 2009

Saudi property developer Jabal Omar Development plans to raise around $447.6 million through a rights issue, which would finance about 14 per cent of its sole project in the holy city of Makkah.

'The issue premium will be set later,' it said in a statement, adding that its board had recommended the SR1.68 billion ($447.6 million) capital increase.

The company has hired the world's largest Islamic lender Al-Rajhi Bank to provide 'financial advise and arrange the necessary financing through diverse Islamic sharia-compliant instruments' for its project in Makkah.

Jabal Omar said in April that its previous financial adviser, Saudi investment bank Jadwa Investment, was unable to secure SR12.4 billion ($3.31 billion) to finance the project within agreed deadlines.

It later said it would present its shareholders on June 10 with a proposal allowing the firm to issue sukuk, or Islamic bonds. – Reuters




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