Dubai Investments Plans IPO for Private Equity Arm

Dubai Investments Co. plans to sell 30% of its Masharie private equity unit to investors via an initial public offering, Reuters reported. The IPO will launch during the first half of 2011.

(Reuters) – Dubai Investments Co said on Thursday that it plans to sell a 30 percent stake in its Masharie unit through an initial public offering (IPO) next year.

The IPO for Masharie, the private equity arm of Dubai Investments, will be launched in the first half of 2011, the company said in a statement to the Dubai bourse.

The firm’s shares slipped by 0.1 percent at 0700 GMT, in line with the broader Dubai index <.DFMGI> that was lower by 0.3 percent.

Dubai Investments reported a 19.8 percent drop in third quarter net profit on Monday hit by fall in rental income and contract revenue. The firm made a net profit of 213.6 dirhams ($58.17) for the three months ended Sept. 30, down from 266.19 million dirhams in the same period last year.

(Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Dinesh Nair)