CNA – Saudi Arabia has 23 companies approved to list on the kingdom’s stock exchange, the head of the kingdom’s Capital Market Authority (CMA) said yesterday.
There are also more than 75 applications pending approval to list and 70 signed mandates with financial intermediaries and advisers in the early part of the process, CMI Chairman Mohammed bin Abdullah Elkuwaiz told a conference in Riyadh.
Companies that secure approval from the CMA have six months to launch their public share sales.
“If you look at this in tandem, it gives us an indication that we still have a very, very healthy pipeline,” Elkuwaiz said at the Saudi Capital Market Forum.
The Saudi stock market had 49 new listings last year, in which companies raised about SAR40 billion (USD10.66 billion), he said, adding that the market watchdog is also planning to create a regulatory framework for dual listings.