Bahrain’s GFH Financial hires GIB to seek Saudi listing

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Bahrain-based investment firm GFH Financial Group has hired Gulf International Bank to help it seek a cross-listing on Saudi Arabia’s stock market, it said on Sunday.

GFH disclosed plans last year to seek a listing on Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange (Tadawul) as part of a strategy to participate in Saudi Arabia’s privatization program in sectors such as education and healthcare.

GFH said in a statement on Sunday that the move was subject to the approvals of the Bahrain central bank and Saudi Arabia’s Capital Market Authority.

The statement also said the company aimed to raise its assets under management through organic and non-organic growth to reach $30 billion by the end of 2020. The company has $6.2 billion of assets under management, according to its website.

GFH also said on Sunday it had received an offer to sell all its real estate portfolio. The offer was under study and due diligence and subject to GFH’s board and regulatory approvals, it said.

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