Tuesday, October 5, 2010

International Leasing and Investment Company - 3 Directors Reportedly Resign

Outside the KSE: They Walk Among Us But Are Forbidden to Trade
According to Tamir Hammad at Al Watan 3 members of ILIC's Board have resigned in the past two days.  On Sunday, Mohammed Ahmed Saad Al-Jasser, the representative of Abraj Holding (a 32.3% shareholder in ILIC).  On Tuesday Messrs. Khaled Mohamed Nasser Al-Aboude and Badr AlDeen Noyoh, representatives of the Islamic Development Bank (a 28% shareholder).

As the story goes, the three former directors refused to give a reason.  Indications are that there are sharp differences in the company which will be laid at the feet of the regulators to sort out.

And much there is to sort out.  Among the listed but suspended (from trading) companies on the KSE, ILIC and Villa Moda have the dubious distinction of having failed to issue 7 financial reports - their last being 30 September 2008.  Even poor old TID only has 6 reports past due and shares that honour with Safat Global.

You'll recall there was an earlier flap over whether Mr. Fuad Hamed Abdulqader Al-Homoud was returning in an executive role to the company.   Apparently, that rumor has surfaced again.  Supposedly, a neutral party was negotiating a debt rescheduling agreement with the lenders supported by the IDB and Mr. Al-Jasser.  The latter to take a key management role.  Then some shareholders started pushing for the return of Mr. Al-Homoud as the story goes.   Apparently, those who thought his previous stewardship exemplary.   In any case this supposedly led the 3 directors to exit.  

What's interesting here is that shareholders with more than 60% of the firm don't seem to be able to control the Board.

Anyone with an insight or opinion, please post.

For those interested in a trip down memory lane, you can access earlier posts by using the tag "International Leasing and Investment".

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