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First Gulf Bank to issue bonus shares from buyback plan

FGB initiated the share buyback programme in early 2009 to counter poor trading

First Gulf Bank to issue bonus shares from buyback plan
SHAREHOLDERS BENEFIT: The distribution of bonus shares is subject to approval by the authorities and the annual general meeting. (ITP Images)

The First Gulf Bank said on Thursday it plans to distribute 75 million shares bought under its buyback programme as bonus shares, in a move to benefit its shareholders.

FGB initiated the share buyback programme in early 2009 to counter poor trading due to weak market sentiment and improve liquidity.

The move is subject to approval by the competent authorities and the annual general meeting, a statement by the bank said.

The shares buyback law stipulates that a listed company can keep them as treasury shares and cancel or sell them after a certain period.

“We did not want to sell the shares. We decided to give back this advantage to the shareholders in the form of bonus shares,” a bank official told Reuters.

It is the first time that a company is distributing shares bought under its buyback programme as bonus shares to its own shareholders.

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