Saudi telco Mobily plans 10% bonus share issue

Operator will give its shareholders one new bonus share for every ten held.

Operator will give its shareholders one new bonus share for every ten held.

Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) will launch a 10 percent bonus share issue, the telecom operator said in a statement to the kingdom's bourse on Monday.

Mobily, an affiliate of the United Arab Emirates' Etisalat, will give shareholders one new bonus share for every ten held, subject to regulatory approval. This will raise the number of shares issued to 770m from 700m.

Each share has a nominal value of SAR10, meaning the company's capital will increase to SAR7.7bn from SAR7bn riyals currently.

Saudi's number two operator will finance the capital increase through its retained earnings, Mobily said, adding it may distribute more bonus shares in the coming years.

Higher revenue from business and data units and rising sales of smart phones helped Mobily report a 23 percent rise in third-quarter net profit in October.

The company's shares were down 0.7 percent on the Saudi bourse.

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