RIYADH – The value of deals targeting businesses in the Middle East rose in July, increasing four percent from $2,081 million to $2,159 million, representing the highest rise since March 2012 when $2,606 million was achieved, Zepher data revealed.
The result was also a substantial increase on the $178 million recorded in the year-ago period. However, volume was down slightly, from 22 to 20 transactions.
Saudi Arabia accounted for 87 percent of the region’s deal value with two transactions reaching $1,886 million in total. A rights issue by Mobile Telecommunications Company Saudi Arabia worth $1,691 million propelled the country to the top of the rankings by deal value in July. The share sale - which was oversubscribed by more than 100 per cent - involved a stake of around 60 per cent in the company.
The Kingdom also recorded the second-largest deal in the month, as retail group Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair agreed to buy Riyadh-based fashion clothing sales business Nesk Group of Trading Projects for $195 million.
Jordan came second in the value rankings with $140 million of deal making, the nation recorded the most transactions across the whole region in July, with nine deals signed off, significantly more than the two announced the previous month. The figure was the highest since December 2011 when 17 deals were signed.
Oman was third highest by value at $126 million, although it fell 63 percent on the previous month when $345 million was achieved. The number of deals closed in the sultanate also dropped slightly from five to three, the same as Kuwait which recorded a disclosed deal value of $4 million. – SG/Agencies