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Kuwait Finance House to sell, merge assets - KUNA

Islamic bank will shuffle top mgmt and sell, merger unprofitable assets

Kuwait Finance House to sell, merge assets - KUNA
Islamic bank will shuffle top mgmt and sell, merger unprofitable assets.

Islamic bank Kuwait Finance House (KFH) will shuffle its top management and work with advisors to sell, merge or restructure unprofitable subsidiaries, state news agency KUNA quoted the bank's chief executive as saying.

It quoted Mohammed Omar as telling shareholders on Monday that KFH's restructuring would require executive appointments that had approval from KFH's board and were now awaiting approval from the central bank.

KFH shares were up 1.28 percent on the Kuwait stock exchange.

The lender, whose 2011 profits dropped 24 percent year-on-year as it set aside money to cover losses on investments, said in a statement to the Kuwaiti exchange on Tuesday that it would distribute a dividend of 15 fils per share for 2011.

In November, Kuwait's Alrai newspaper said Saudi Al Rajhi Bank had begun preliminary talks with private and public sector stock owners of KFH on buying an "influential share".

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