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Arab Cotton Ginning Falls Most in a Month as It Cuts Dividend

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Arab Cotton Ginning, an Egyptian textiles manufacturer, slumped the most in more than a month after cutting its dividend to about one-fifth of last year’s payout.

The shares of the Cairo-based company tumbled 6.7 percent, the biggest intraday decline since Aug. 9, to 3.75 Egyptian pounds at 11:40 a.m. in Cairo. That gave the company a market value of 1.02 billion pounds ($171 million). Egypt’s benchmark EGX 30 Index retreated 0.8 percent.

Arab Cotton’s board of directors approved paying a 20-piaster-per-share dividend, it said today. That compares with a 95 piaster dividend last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ahmed A Namatalla in Cairo at anamatalla@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Maedler at cmaedler@bloomberg.net

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