Saudi’s Ma’aden Gets Regulator Approval For $1.5bn Rights Issue

Ma’aden earlier said it would seek capital to fund the expansion of its phosphate and gold operations.

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) received approval from the Kingdom’s regulator to undertake a SAR5.6 billion ($1.5 billion) rights issue, a stock market filing from the Capital Market Authority said on Sunday.

The price and number of new shares would be determined by a shareholder meeting which must be held within six months of the approval date, the statement said.

Ma’aden said in May it would seek approval for a capital increase that would fund the expansion of its phosphate and gold operations, as well as increase funding for its aluminium business.

HSBC’s Saudi Arabian unit will manage the rights issue, the company said in a separate filing in May.