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Orascom to demerge into two companies for investment, financial services

The new company, Orascom said, will be a joint stock company subject to Capital Market Law 95/1992 and its executive regulations, and shared by the same shareholders of Orascom Investment Holding

Doaa A.Moneim , Monday 27 Jul 2020
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File Photo: Egyptian billionaire Sawiris speaks during an interview with Reuters in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai (Photo: Reuters)
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Orascom Investment Holding Company’s board, chaired by businessman Naguib Sawiris, has approved splitting the company to the current Orascom Investment Holding Company and the new Orascom Financial Holding Company.

In the board’s report, which was submitted to the Egyptian Stock Exchange on 26 July, Orascom said the current investment company’s issued capital will be decreased through reducing the nominal values of its shares and will maintain its licence as a company participating in the incorporation of all joint stock companies and partnerships limited by shares issuance of financial securities or by capital increase.

The new company, Orascom said, will be a joint stock company subject to Capital Market Law 95/1992 and its executive regulations, and shared by the same shareholders of Orascom Investment Holding.

The new company targets participating in the incorporation of all companies that issue financial securities or in the increase of their capital shares that operate in financial services sector.

Orascom said the demerge provides the opportunity for shareholders and investors to invest in their desired sectors and to exit the undesired investment sectors, attract more foreign and domestic investments for the two companies, give the opportunity for the two companies to grow and share in more investments, in addition to upgrading the financial position of the two companies.

The new company will be listed in the EGX once the demerging process ends. 

Under the new move, Belton Financial Holding and Tharwa Capital Financial Holding will be affiliated to Orascom Financial Holding, while nine other companies will be under Orascom Investment Holding management, according to the company.

In 2019, Orascom Investment Holding’s consolidated net loss recorded EGP 425.2 million compared to EGP 865.5 million in 2018, while it managed to achieve a net profit of EGP 253.3 million in 2019, up from EGP 58.7 million in 2018, according to the company’s financial statement.

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