Dubai stock market suspends trading of troubled Drake & Scull’s shares

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the firm had appointed new advisors for its restructuring efforts



Dubai Financial Market (DFM) said on Thursday it had decided to suspend the trading of troubled contractor Drake & Scull’s (DSI) shares until further notice.

The stock market announced the move in a brief statement, saying it was “pursuant to the provisions of Articles (20/1) and (20/2/C) of the Council of Ministers Decision No. (12) of 2000 concerning the regulations as to the listing of securities and commodities”.

Trading of DSI shares was also suspended on Wednesday after the company failed to submit third quarter results from a board of directors meeting.

Reuters reported that the firm saw a net loss of Dhs498m ($135.5m) in the third quarter as it appointed new advisors for its restructuring efforts.

Read: Dubai’s Drake & Scull appoints advisors after posting Dhs500m Q3 loss

DSI appointed Trussbridge Advisory as financial advisors for a new restructuring plan and Deloitte to advise on the development of a new business plan, according to the newswire.

The announcement came after shareholders rejected a resolution to dissolve the company last month following a second-quarter net loss of Dhs181.1m ($49.3m).

Read: Dubai’s Drake and Scull shareholders decide not to dissolve the company

Earlier this year, it was reported by Bloomberg that the former CEO of DSI, Khaldoun Al Tabari, and his daughter owed the company up to Dhs1bn ($272.3m).

DSI also issued a bourse statement confirming the “existence of material financial violations from the previous management”.

It said the violations are under investigation by UAE authorities.

However, Tabari strongly refuted the claims, and warned of legal action against those spreading “unfounded allegations”.

Also read: Ex-CEO of UAE’s Drake and Scull denies wrongdoing, warns of legal action

Drake & Scull has been hit by a slowdown in the regional construction sector over the past few years.