Qatar continues selling its properties, are Barclays and Glencore stocks next?

Doha is forced to sell more assets and make new arrangements to ensure sufficient liquidity to support the domestic market. (File photo: AFP)

As the Anti-Terror Quartet countries’ boycott of Qatar continues, so does Doha’s economic deterioration.

Qatar is being forced to sell more assets and make new arrangements to ensure sufficient liquidity to support its domestic market, leading the country’s sovereign fund to shift from being one of the largest foreign assets’ owner to a seller.

After Qatar cut its share in Credit Suisse Bank, Rosneft for oil and Tiffany for jewelry in the last few days, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) plans to sell more of its assets worth over $320 bln, including shares in Glencore, Barclays Bank, according to Bloomberg.

Bankers and lawyers, who usually arrange the QIA acquisitions, are now proposing to sell some assets without waiting or expecting any significant investments for the QIA in the short term.

Bloomberg added that the QIA did not officially appoint financial advisers for the planned sales, but was considering which of them to be sold at the moment.

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) was established in 2005 to use natural gas revenues, for which Qatar is considered the largest resource worldwide, helping local economy avoid fluctuations in oil markets, and diversifying its sources.

These investments have been distributed on a large scale for luxury properties, fashion houses, football clubs and international banks.

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is ranked ninth in the world with assets of over $300 bln, according to the sovereign wealth fund institute.

Regarding the most distinguished investments of the QIA, Qatar Investment Authority owns 17 percent stake in Volkswagen, 9.75 percent in Rosneft, 2.13 percent in Shell, 8.49 percent in Glencore, and 5.97 percent in Barclays Bank, 6.1 percent in Deutsche Bank and 5 percent in Credit Suisse.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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