Deyaar Falls Most in 3 Months on Capital-Cut Plan: Dubai Mover

Deyaar Development PJSC (DEYAAR) was set for the steepest drop in three months after Dubai’s second-largest publicly traded property company said it’s looking at reducing capital.

The shares lost 4.6 percent, the most on a closing basis since Nov. 11, to 1.26 dirhams at 1:07 p.m. in Dubai as volumes climbed to 1.8 times the three-month daily average. The shares have more than tripled in the past 12 months.

The board of Deyaar, which is controlled by Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC (DIB), will meet on Feb. 13 to discuss restructuring capital, the company said in a statement to the bourse, without providing further details. The company will also consider allowing non-Gulf nationals to buy its shares.

“The capital restructuring has come as a surprise to investors” and the statement to the bourse “lacks clarity,” Harshjit Oza, assistant director of research at Cairo-based Naeem Holding, said by phone. “It’s panic selling.”

The shares have surged in the past year as earnings quadrupled to 154.4 million dirhams ($42 million) amid a resurgence in Dubai’s real estate market, where prices had more than halved from their 2008 peak.

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