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Saudi regulator approves IPO of aviation ground handler

Set to be the third floatation this year in the kingdom

Saudi regulator approves IPO of aviation ground handler
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Saudi regulator approves IPO of aviation ground handler.

Saudi Arabia's stock market regulator said on Wednesday it had approved an initial public offer of shares in an aviation ground handler, which is set to be the third floatation this year in the kingdom.

Saudi Ground Services Co, a unit of national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines, plans to sell 30 percent of its shares, the Capital Market Authority said in a statement. It did not say how much money the company planned to raise.

"A portion of the offered shares will be allocated to institutional investors," the CMA said.

The public offer, first announced in 2012, is part of a move to privatise the airline. One of its other units, Saudi Airline Catering Co, listed in 2012.

The flotation will be the third IPO this year after Middle East Paper Co and Saudi Company for Tools and Hardware.

The CMA announced on Monday rules allowing foreign institutions to begin investing directly in the stock market, subject to restrictions such as a 10 percent cap on combined foreign ownership of the market. Foreigners will be allowed to subscribe to IPOs on a case-by-case basis; the CMA did not say whether Saudi Ground Services would be one of those cases.