Kuwait’s stock exchange to sell Americana shares on Oct. 20

Alabbar-led investment group Adeptio agreed in June to pay $2.4bn to buy a 69 per cent stake in Americana



Kuwait’s stock exchange said on Thursday that it would hold on Oct. 20 an auction in which Gulf investment consortium Adeptio is expected to buy a majority stake in Kuwait Food Co (Americana).

Adeptio, an investment group led by prominent Dubai businessman Mohammed Alabbar, agreed in June to pay $2.4bn to buy a 69 per cent stake in Americana from the Kharafis, a wealthy Kuwaiti merchant family.

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The price in the deal is KD2.65 a share, which is the level at which bidding will start in the auction. The shares last closed in the market at KD2.56.

Americana owns the Middle East franchises for fast food chains KFC and Pizza Hut and also produces branded consumer foods.

After Adeptio completes the purchase of the stake from the Kharafis, it will launch a mandatory takeover offer to remaining Americana shareholders at the same price under Kuwaiti securities rules, Adeptio has said.