MANAMA: Ithmaar Holding has received final approval from the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) to list on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM).
A statement yesterday said the CBB’s approval follows an earlier announcement that the UAE’s Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) had approved the listing.
Ithmaar, which is licensed and regulated by the CBB and is currently listed on the Bahrain Bourse and Boursa Kuwait under the ticker ITHMR, had announced plans last year to list on additional stock exchange in the region.
The plans, which were presented by an Ithmaar shareholder as an additional agenda item at the annual general meeting last March, were approved by its shareholders who welcomed the initiative.
Ithmaar welcomed the CBB’s final approval, and said it is working on completing remaining requirements for the DFM listing and will announce a listing date in due course.
“We are pleased to announce that all required approvals are in place, and we are now finalising details with a view to complete the listing as soon as possible,” said Ithmaar Group chief executive Ahmed Abdul Rahim.
“We are deeply grateful to the CBB, SCA and DFM for their guidance and support over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with our regulators and other relevant authorities to further enhance shareholder
value and contribute to our region’s economic growth,” he said.
Mr Abdul Rahim had earlier stressed that the additional listing will open trading on Ithmaar’s shares to new, exciting markets, and said that this, in turn, will create new investment opportunities for investors in the GCC markets.
Ithmaar owns two wholly-owned subsidiaries: Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, and IB Capital, an investment subsidiary. Ithmaar Bank and IB Capital are both licensed and regulated by the CBB.
Ithmaar Bank owns 66.6 per cent of Faysal Bank, a retail banking subsidiary in Pakistan that is listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange and is mainly engaged in corporate, commercial, retail and consumer banking activities.