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29 May 2024

RAK exploring ceramics sale

Rak Ceramics will raise annual sanitary ware capacity in UAE by 500,000 pieces.

By Reuters

Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, is exploring sale of its shares in Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics, a major maker of ceramic wall and floor tiles and sanitary ware, a source familiar with the matter said.

Talks on the possible sale have been going on for the past six months, the source told Reuters, declining to be named because the matter isn't public.

"There are some interested regional and international buyers but they haven't got the right price," the source said. "The RAK government wants to focus more on real estate development and dilute non-core assets."

The source declined to give a value for the possible sale but said they wanted to sell a minimum of 25 per cent of the company and conceivably all of its stake.

Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics has a market capitalization of $781 million, according to Thomson Reuters data.

The company posted a consolidated net profit of Dh223 million ($60.8 million) in 2012, up 8.7 per cent, on revenues of Dh3.17 billion, down 5.1 per cent.