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Qatari shareholder helps Islamic Bank of Britain narrow loss

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Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB) narrowed its losses in 2012, Britain's only sharia-compliant retail lender said, a week after it raised £10 million ($15.5 million) from majority shareholder Qatar International Islamic Bank.

IBB, which has struggled to turn a profit since its inception in 2004, posted a loss of £6.99m in 2012 versus a loss of £9m a year earlier.

Home financing business helped narrow the gap by nearly doubling to £117m in 2012 versus £61m a year earlier. The bank did not disclose personnel or administrative expenses, which in the past have represented the bulk of its costs.

Last week, IBB raised £10 million by placing 1 billion shares with QIIB at a price of 1 penny each, raising the number of its outstanding ordinary shares to 4.5bn, according to regulatory filings.

"The additional £10 million of capital will allow us to fund our asset growth and transformation programme, as we head towards a more stable and in the long term profitable financial position," Sultan Choudhury, IBB's managing director, said in a statement.

QIIB, which now owns 91 percent of IBB, has been in discussions since last June with Qatari lender Masraf Al Rayan to sell a controlling stake in the British bank.