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Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding takes $267M stake in Deezer

Reuters/Riyadh
Filed on August 3, 2018 | Last updated on August 3, 2018 at 09.41 pm
Prince Alwaleed has investments in a number of international companies including Citigroup and Twitter.

(Reuters file)

Deal represent 'one of many premium investments 'always sought for our shareholders'

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding has completed a SR1 billion ($266.7 million) deal to buy newly-issued shares in the French music streaming service Deezer, the company said in a statement.

Shares in Deezer will be bought through Kingdom Holding and Rotana Group, a Saudi-based entertainment company wholly owned by the Saudi billionaire which produces a series of channels covering music, cinema, religion, news and drama. The statement did not provide any further details on the stake or the number of shares acquired.

Rotana and Deezer, which is available in 180 countries, also signed an exclusive long-term agreement to distribute Rotana's popular audio and video content in the Middle East and North Africa region.

"The investment of Kingdom Holding and Rotana Group in Deezer represents one of the many premium investments that we have always sought for our shareholders," the statement quoted Prince Alwaleed as saying. "The signing of this distribution agreement will move Rotana to the international arena."

Prince Alwaleed has investments in a number of international companies including Citigroup and Twitter.


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