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Shuaa Capital in talks to acquire more shares in Kuwait’s Amwal

DUBAI, Jan 22 : Dubai-based Shuaa Capital is in discussions to acquire Amwal International Investment Company, after buying a minority stake in the Kuwaiti investment bank in July, according to a report from The National.

Shuaa, the top investment bank in the Arabian Gulf region before the 2008 financial crisis, said it was negotiating a “potential acquisition of Amwal” in a statement posted on Tuesday on the Dubai stock exchange.

Shuaa Capital has not yet signed any document pertaining to this transaction and will keep the market posted on developments with respect to this transaction, it said.

In a Boursa Kuwait filing on Monday, Amwal said Shuaa intended to take its shareholding in the bank to 75-100 per cent, sending its shares soaring. Shuaa did not say on Tuesday what size of stake it was seeking in Amwal.

Shuaa, which has been in expansion mode since returning to profitability in 2017. Shuaa had looked to invest in fellow Kuwaiti bank Global Investment House and Bahrains GFH, but both attempts were abandoned last year.

Shuaa bought a 8 per cent stake in Amwal in July, whose main investments include a 51 per cent stake in online trading platform Noor Capital Markets. The acquisition took Shuaas stake in the bank to 11 per cent, the remainder owned by subsidiary Gulf Finance Corporation.

Last year, the Dubai-based bank acquired two financial services firms  Integrated Capital and Integrated Securities – from its biggest shareholder, the Abu Dhabi Financial Group.

Shuaas profit for the nine months to the end of September rose to Dh60 million, compared with a net loss of Dh113.6m for the year-earlier period.

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