Saudi's CMA reviews 45 companies awaiting stock market listing

The CMA deputy for listed companies & investment products, said the authority wants to expedite applications as part of efforts to support the economy and develop new sectors

  
A Saudi trader casts a shadow as he monitors stock information at the Saudi stock market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia August 25, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose

A Saudi trader casts a shadow as he monitors stock information at the Saudi stock market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia August 25, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose

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RIYADH: Saudi’s Capital Market Authority (CMA) plans to speed up stock market listings as it revealed around 45 companies are waiting for approval.

In a statement on Tuesday, Abdullah Bin Ghannam, CMA deputy for listed companies & investment products, said the authority wants to expedite applications as part of efforts to support the economy and develop new sectors.

The number of new listings in the Saudi market since the beginning of the year, including traded investment funds, has reached 11, bringing the total number listed to 217, Bin Ghannam said.

The CMA deputy highlighted an increase in investors' demand for investment funds, with the number of subscribers rising 12 percent at the end of the first half of 2021, reaching a record 408,000 investors compared to 364,000 at the end of 2020.

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