Troubled construction firm Saudi Oger sells 2.8% stake in Saudi Investment Bank

Saudi Oger is struggling because of cuts in government spending and payment delays



Financially troubled construction company Saudi Oger sold a 2.8 per cent stake in Saudi Investment Bank, bringing its stake in the bank down to 5.8 per cent in the course of a single trading day, stock exchange data showed on Monday.

The data did not reveal the identity of the buyers and the companies could not immediately be contacted for comment.

Saudi Investment Bank, which offers retail, corporate, treasury and asset management services, had a market capitalisation of $2.62bn at the market’s last close, implying the sale could have raised about $73m.

After dominating the Saudi construction market for years, Saudi Oger, owned by the family of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, is struggling because of cuts in government spending and payment delays.

The company is awaiting the outcome of a government-commissioned review of its billions of dollars of projects in Saudi Arabia, which could help determine its future, banking sources told Reuters earlier this month.

Also read: Former Saudi Oger workers complain of payment delays after September dismissal

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