Al Khaliji IPO opens in Doha

DOHA — Al Khaliji, the new Doha based bank, yesterday opened its Initial Public Offering (IPO) available only to Qatari nationals. The offer period runs till April 29, 2007. The bank is offering 17 per cent of its capital, or 120 million ordinary shares with a par value of QAR 10 per share.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 16 Apr 2007, 8:44 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:07 PM

Investors will pay 50 per cent of the par value at the time of application, plus 2.5 per cent of the par value as establishment expenses. To ensure the widest possible participation, applicants can apply for a maximum of 5,000 shares per person. Given the part paid structure, Al Khaliji will initially raise up to QAR 600 million in capital from the IPO. Tariq Al Malki, Chairman of Al Khaliji said: "We have made rapid progress since our establishment in January this year. We have recruited a highly experienced international executive team, obtained the bulk of our capital requirements from prominent shareholders across the GCC and are building the infrastructure of a truly world-class bank. This IPO gives Qatari investors an opportunity to participate in the long term growth of the region's financial sector and the development of the nation."

Reflecting the bank's new thinking, the application process itself breaks the mould with a simplified share-buying procedure allowing investors to complete applications either online or with the tick of a box using Al Khaliji's new format.

David Proctor, Head of the Al Khaliji Executive Team said: "Like the IPO process, the services we will offer recognise that customers are demanding a radically new approach from their bank. Our aim is to provide friendly, modern, clear banking made possible by our commitment to the innovative use of new technology and dedication to customer service"

Following completion of the IPO, the bank's 191 founding shareholders, drawn from Qatar, Oman, the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain will own 43 per cent of Al Khaliji's authorised capital. Paid at 50 per cent, their subscription in 312 million shares raised an initial QAR 1.56 billion in ordinary capital. A recent Gulf-wide Private Placement of 288 million shares (again, paid at 50 per cent) is raising another QAR 1.44 billion, or 40 per cent of the bank's authorised capital.

The receiving banks for applications are Commercial Bank of Qatar, Qatar National Bank, Doha Bank, Al-Ahli Bank, Arab Bank, United Bank Limited, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank. Al Khaliji will start full banking operations in Qatar by the final quarter of 2007 and plans subsequently to develop into other GCC markets.

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