Qatar Holding Plans To Raise Stake In Qatar Insurance

The Qatari sovereign wealth fund currently owns around 12 per cent of Qatar Insurance.

Qatar Holding, a unit of the Gulf Arab state’s sovereign wealth fund, is in talks to increase its stake in Qatar Insurance Co (QIC) through the purchase of new shares in the firm, the insurer said on Tuesday.

Qatar, the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, currently owns 12 per cent of QIC, according to Thomson Reuters data.

QIC said it had received an offer from “strategic partner” Qatar Holding. No financial details were given.

“The board of directors of QIC welcomed the offer and agreed to the signing of a memorandum of understanding, which includes determining the required number and price per share (nominal value and issue premium),” QIC said in a filing to the Qatar bourse, adding any deal needs regulatory approval.

Qatar Holding has made a number of high-profile foreign investments this year, most notably building an 11.03 per cent stake in miner Xstrata, a $26 billion takeover target for commodities trader Glencore.

An increased stake for the Qatari government will bolster the insurer’s profile but the new share issue will dilute existing shareholders’ positions.