Dubai’s Arabtec Buys Stake In Interiors Contractor Depa

Arabtec will buy 149.6 million shares in Depa, valued roughly at $65.8 million.

Arabtec Holding, Dubai’s largest listed builder, said on Thursday it will acquire a stake in Depa, a day after the interior contractor’s shares jumped 47 per cent on a rumoured buy.

Arabtec said its board had approved the purchase of 149.6 million shares in Depa – valued at $65.8 million based on Wednesday’s closing share price on Nasdaq Dubai – and it would take effect on Nov. 22.

The builder, in which Abu Dhabi investment fund Aabar owns a stake, said it was buying the shares from various investment funds. It did not disclose the price it paid for the shares.

Shares in Depa soared on Wednesday, hitting a five-month high at $0.44.

About 150 million shares changed hands, which is more than what the company’s shares traded in the previous two years combined.

Depa said in a statement on Wednesday that “the name of the purchaser, the size of their current stake and their intentions are unknown.”

Arabtec and a consortium of Turkish and Greek firms were awarded a $2.9 billion contract in June to build a mid-field airport terminal in Abu Dhabi. In the same month, Depa and its German joint venture partner saw a $245 million contract to fit out the new Doha International Airport terminated.