Doha, Qatar – 18 February 2018: Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company (QIMC) has finalized the acquisition of United Development Company’s (UDC) stake (400 shares) in Gulf Formaldehyde Company (GFC), representing 10% of GFC’s share capital therefore increasing QIMC’s ownership in GFC to 30%.

The sale deal was signed by H.E Sheikh AbdulRahman Bin Mohamed Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of QIMC and Mr. Ibrahim Jassim Al-Othman, President & CEO of UDC.

Commenting on the acquisition, H.E Sheikh AbdulRahman Bin Mohamed Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of QIMC said QIMC is keen on strengthening its investment portfolio in the industrial sector. “QIMC hopes the deal will have a positive impact on its future corporate earnings”, he added.

For his part, Mr. Al-Othman said “The sale of UDC’s shares is consistent with the company’s strategy of focusing on core activities, namely real estate development and related operational services.Following the sale, Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company’s share in the capital of Gulf Formaldehyde increased from 20% to 30% The sale will have an impact on UDC’s financial results for the first quarter of 2018”.

“Over the last several years, UDC has emerged as a leader in the real estate development sector in Qatar, and the region, and we will continue along this successful path by focusing on the businesses that cater to our targeted growth,” Mr. Al-Othman added.

GFC was established in 2003 between Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO), Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company (QIMC) and United Development Company (UDC) to produce Urea Formaldehyde Concentrate with a design capacity of about 170 tons per day.

United Development Company (UDC) is a leading Qatari public shareholding company with a mission to identify and invest in long-term projects contributing to Qatar’s growth and providing good shareholder value. Established in 1999, the company became listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange in June 2003.

QIMC has so far participated in 20 industrial projects, most of them are in the production stages in various industrial sectors, including petrochemical, chemical, construction and food. In addition, number of new projects are in the stage of incorporation.

The State of Qatar has given great importance to the need of private sector involvement in the economic development process in the country by investing in small and medium industries. This trend was evident in the establishment of the Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company in 1990, in which the State shared 20% in equity.

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