Saudi MBC Group, the most prominent Arab broadcaster, is working with HSBC Holdings Plc and JPMorgan Chase on an initial public offering (IPO) in Saudi Arabia.
MBC Media Group recently inaugurated its headquarters in Riyadh in the presence of Saudi Minister of Information Majid al-Qasabi, and several ministers, officials, media professionals, and other figures.
According to Bloomberg Agency sources, the group listing will come as soon as next year, and it will add more banks to work on the offering in the next stage.
MBC founder and chairman Waleed al-Ibrahim indicated that the Group recently moved to Saudi Arabia due to the unlimited support being extended by the leadership for the sectors of culture, creativity, media, and entertainment.
"We are working with all determination to make MBC Group one of the most prominent international media organizations in the world," he said, adding that the Group will be stronger in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the main Saudi stock index closed down 91 points, with transactions worth $1.2 billion, as traded shares amounted to 138 million, over 321,000 deals.
During the tradings, 116 companies increased in value, while 88 closed down.
The Saudi parallel stock index (Nomu) closed Thursday up 161.86 points, with transactions worth $5.9 million, with a volume of traded shares exceeding 360,000, over 1790 deals.