Ahmed Al-Mutawa

Bahrain's GFH wins investor nod for capital cut

Bahrain-based Gulf Finance House (GFH) has won approval from the shareholders for a reduction in the group’s issued and paid-up capital. GFH board chairman Dr Ahmed Al-Mutawa said the rate of reduction approved is six shares for each 10 shares held at a nominal value of $0.265 per share, thereby resulting in elimination of $897 million of accumulated losses. In addition to this, the investors also discussed the continuation of GFH’s shares listing in London and Kuwait Stock Exchange and authorised the board of directors to adopt the necessary resolutions in this respect. The firm reported a consolidated net profit of $17 million for the year 2014.

Bahraini bank GFH targets majority Khaleeji Commercial Bank stake - CNBC

Bahrain's Gulf Finance House (GFH) plans to up its stake in Khaleeji Commercial Bank (KCB) to gain majority ownership, its chairman Ahmed al-Mutawa said. The investment firm will increase its stake in KCB to between 52 percent and 54 percent once it has received regulatory approval from the Bahraini authorities. GFH currently owns 47 percent of KCB. Increasing its stake to the range indicated by Mutawa would cost GFH between 2.65 million dinars and 3.72 million dinars ($7.03 million-$9.87 million). KCB and unlisted Bahraini lender Bank Al Khair dropped merger plans in March after they failed to agree terms for the tie-up.

GFH Surges to Three-Month High After Board Change: Dubai Mover

Gulf Finance House climbed to the highest in more than three months as the Bahrain-based investment bank replaced its chairman Essam Janahi by by Ahmed Al-Mutawa. The shares surged 11 percent to 57.3 fils in Dubai, the highest since June 20, bringing the gain this year to 37 percent. Gulf Finance House shares listed in Bahrain rose 7.7 percent and those traded in Kuwait advanced 6.5 percent. Some investors may be taking advantage of the price difference in Gulf Finance House shares by buying in Kuwait and selling in Dubai. In Israel, the TA-25 index gained 1.4 percent, led higher by Perrigo Co., a generic drug maker, and Cellcom Israel Ltd. The gauge dropped 1.1 percent on Oct. 3 in a rebalancing for the entry of Opko Health Inc. into the index.

Gulf Finance House appoints new Chairman

Gulf Finance House (GFH) has appointed Dr. Ahmed Al-Mutawa as Chairman following the resignation of former Chairman Essam Yousif Janahi last week. GFH’s Board have also elected Mosabah Al-Mutairy as Vice Chairman. Al-Mutawa is a UAE National with 34 years’ experience of financial and economic experience. He was previously Managing Director of the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and the Secretary General of Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting. Al-Mutairy is an Omani National whose 20-year career spans investment, finance and accounting.

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