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Libya’s Bourse to Resume Trading by End of February, Karoud Says

February 18, 2012

Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The Libyan Stock Exchange will allow foreign ownership of more than 10 percent and will resume trading by the end of February after an armed rebellion against the regime of Muammar Qaddafi forced it to close, Chairman Ahmed Karoud said.

About seven to eight companies are expected to trade by the end of the month from the total of 13 listed entities, Karoud told Al Arabiya in a telephone interview today.

The return in trading was delayed by liquidity-related problems in the market and the impact of the war, he said. An investment fund will be rolled out in June to be followed by another in the second half of the year, Karoud said.

The bourse has 13 listed companies, including the exchange itself, with a combined market capitalization of about 3.9 billion dinars ($3.1 billion), Karoud told Bloomberg News in a Sept. 28 interview. The biggest companies include Gumhouria Bank, Sahara Bank and Wahda Bank, which together account for about half of the market capitalization. Foreigners own less than 1 percent of the shares listed on the bourse, Karoud said at the time.

--Editors: Simone Meier, Rob Verdonck

To contact the reporters on this story: Massoud A. Derhally in Beirut, Lebanon at mderhally@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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