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Mumtalakat to float 11.47pc Alba stake in IPO

Manama, October 5, 2010

Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat plans to float up to 11.47 per cent of its stake in Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) in an initial public offering (IPO) planned for later this year.

In a statement on Tuesday, Alba said Mumtalakat plans to sell up to 163 million ordinary shares in the firm. An Alba spokesman said the company had 1.42 billion shares outstanding.

Mumtalakat owns a 77 per cent stake in Alba, with Saudi Basic Industries (Sabic) holding a minority stake.

Alba confirmed it had appointed JP Morgan as bookrunner and lead manager for the IPO. Bahrain-based Gulf International Bank (GIB) will act as regional lead manager and Citigroup as the co-manager.

The ordinary shares would be listed on the Bahrain Stock Exchange while its global depository receipts would be listed on the London Stock Exchange, it said in a statement.

Alba chairman Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji told Reuters last month the firm planned an IPO this year.

Mumtalakat, which bundles Bahrain's non-oil state-owned companies, is one of the smaller sovereign wealth funds in the world's top oil-exporting region, with $9.1 billion in assets at the end of 2009.

The fund, which also owns Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air, plans to divest some of its local holdings and diversify its portfolio to more international and more liquid assets.

Alba, which operates an aluminium smelter in Bahrain, posted a full-year net loss of $220.7 million in 2009, compared with a profit of $781.9 million the year before, due to lower aluminium prices, according to a Mumtalakat investor presentation from June.-Reuters




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