Qatar's CBQ denies seeking sale of stake in Emirati lender UAB

Commercial Bank of Qatar says it has not attempted to sell 40% stake in United Arab Bank
Qatar's CBQ denies seeking sale of stake in Emirati lender UAB
By Reuters
Wed 02 Dec 2015 09:43 AM

Commercial Bank of Qatar (CBQ) on Wednesday said it has not attempted to sell its stake in Emirati lender United Arab Bank (UAB), denying a Reuters report a day earlier that it sought buyers for its 40 percent holding.

"Commercial Bank has not contacted or held any talks with local or regional banks or any other financial institution to commence discussions to sell its stake in its UAE-based associate bank," Chief Executive Abdulla Saleh al-Rais said in a statement to Doha's stock exchange.

"We have no plans to withdraw from the UAE market and confirm that there has been no attempt to sell the Commercial Bank's stake in UAB."

Sharjah-based UAB has endured a difficult few months. Its chief executive left after the bank swung to a third-quarter loss on significant provisioning for soured loans.

Sources had told Reuters that finding a buyer for CBQ's stake would be tricky because of UAB's specific problems as well as expectations of a slowdown in the United Arab Emirates' banking sector.

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