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Qatar Insurance $250m Convertible To State Fund Get Shareholder Nod

Qatar Insurance $250m Convertible To State Fund Get Shareholder Nod

The five-year note, which can be converted after three years into shares, will represent around five per cent of the firm’s current share capital.

Shareholders of Qatar Insurance Co have approved plans to sell a $250 million convertible bond to state-owned fund the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority, local media reported on Monday.

The five-year note, which can be converted after three years into shares, will represent around five per cent of the firm’s current share capital. The coupon for the issue has yet to be agreed, according to Gulf Times newspaper.

“As per the solvency and capital adequacy reviews conducted by the company, it is projected that we need to increase the capital at the end of 2015 or during 2016, in line with the projected future expansion plans,” Qatar Insurance Vice Chairman Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Attiyah was quoted as saying by the paper, explaining the rationale for the issue.

The convertible bond will be issued once the necessary regulatory approvals have been secured, according to a stock market filing detailing the meeting’s agenda.

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