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Qatar’s Barwa Bank completes $467M rights issue

Qatar's Barwa Bank, a unit of Barwa Real Estate, has completed a 1.7 billion riyals ($466.8 million) rights issue aimed at funding the bank's expansion, it said in a statement on Sunday.

January 8, 2012 10:40 by

The Islamic bank said the offering, which opened on December 6 and saw 109.1 million new shares offered to existing shareholders, attracted bids of 1.9 billion riyals.

Barwa Bank’s issued capital will increase to 3 billion riyals from 1.9 billion riyals following the rights issue, with authorised capital upped to 6 billion riyals from 2.5 billion riyals, it added.

Barwa Bank acquired the sharia-compliant retail banking business of International Bank of Qatar in August for an undisclosed amount, following the central bank’s edict banning conventional banks from offering Islamic banking services. ($1 = 3.6413 Qatar riyals) (Reporting by David French; Editing by Mirna Sleiman)

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