July 18 (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar Investments (AABAR.AD) should raise the buyback price it pays minority shareholders to 1.95 dirhams per share from 1.45 previously, the United Arab Emirates’ bourse watchdog said on Sunday.
The move follows complaints from shareholders that the initial price was too low. Aabar shares jumped 9.7 percent to 1.59 dirhams in early trading on the Abu Dhabi bourse. On July 12, a committee including Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority (ESCA) and the ministry of the economy met with Aabar to come up with a proposal for its buyback plan.
It asked Aabar to raise the offer price and to change the period in which it is open to July 20-Aug. 5 from July 12-Aug. 1, the watchdog’s statement said. (Reporting by Andres Callus, Editing by Dinesh Nair)