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RAK Ceramics Climbs as Owner Said in Talks to Sell Company Stake

March 5 (Bloomberg) -- RAK Ceramics, the world’s biggest maker of ceramic tiles, jumped the most in a week after Ras Al Khaimah’s ruling family was said to be in talks to sell a stake valued at as much as $391 million.

The shares rose as much as 3.9 percent to 4.02 dirhams in Abu Dhabi before closing 2.8 percent higher on a volume of 1.9 times the three-month average. It outpaced a 0.4 percent gain for the benchmark Abu Dhabi stock index. The stock has climbed 27 percent this year after almost tripling in 2013.

Barclays Plc and BNP Paribas SA are advising Ras Al Khaimah’s ruling family on selling 25 percent to 50 percent in the ceramic tile-maker, according to four people with knowledge of the matter. Talks are at an advanced stage with a regional investment firm, two of the people said, declining to identify the potential buyer. Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven sheikhdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates.

RAK Ceramics exports to more than 150 countries, according to information on its website. Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven sheikhdom’s that make up the United Arab Emirates.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dinesh Nair in Dubai at dnair5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Aaron Kirchfeld at akirchfeld@bloomberg.net

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