May 27 2012
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Saudi Airlines Catering Co. Secures Regulator's Approval For IPO
Sunday, May 27, 2012
RIYADH (Zawya Dow Jones)--Saudi Arabia's Capital Markets Authority, or CMA, said Sunday it has approved the long-awaited initial public offering of Saudi Airlines Catering Co.
The firm, known as Saudia Catering, plans to offer 24.6 million shares, or 30% of the its total outstanding shares, from June 18 until June 24, the CMA said in a statement posted on the Saudi bourse website. A portion of the offered shares will be allocated to institutional investors, it added.
Saudia Catering is a unit of Saudi Arabian Airlines , or Saudia , one of the Middle East's largest carriers. The IPO, which has been repeatedly postponed since 2010, is part of the carrier's gradual privatization plan.
Saudi Airlines had already secured regulatory approval to convert Saudia Catering, to a joint-stock firm with a capital of 100.8 million Saudi riyals ($26.9 million).
The airline has also signed an agreement with U.S. bank Morgan Stanley and NCB Capital to advise on the privatization of its core aviation unit.
A consortium of private investors including Abdul Mohsen Al-Hokair Tourism and Development and the Fowzan Holding and Newrest Group bought 49% of Saudia Catering, while Tarabut Air Freight Services acquired 30% of Saudia Cargo.
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