Egyptian bank CIB’s shares swing wildly on reports of chairman exit

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The London-listed shares of Egypt’s Commercial International Bank (CIB) rebounded after plunging more than 40 percent in morning trade after local media reports that its chairman had been dismissed.
CIB, Egypt’s biggest listed bank, has substantial foreign holdings and Chairman Hisham Ezz Al-Arab is among the country’s leading bankers and a well-known figure in Middle Eastern finance.
The bank, Ezz El-Arab and the Egyptian central bank did not respond to requests for comment from Reuters and there were no reports on Egypt’s state news agency.
The Egyptian stock exchange said it had suspended CIB’s shares from trading in Cairo after a request from the Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) on Thursday morning. The exchange and FRA could not be reached for comment.
The bank, which says it has 207 branches and serves 1.4 million customers, held a lengthy board meeting on Thursday afternoon, a CIB communications officer said.
Its global depository receipts (GDRs) in London fell as much as 41 percent on Friday morning before recovering to trade up on the day. The GDRs fell 17 percent on Thursday. CIB’s Cairo-listed shares last traded on Oct 21, Refinitiv data shows.
A letter purporting to be from Egypt’s central bank circulated on social media on Thursday, informing CIB CEO Hussein Abaza that the central bank had decided to dismiss Ezz Al-Arab for alleged financial malpractice, utilising a new law passed this year.—Agencies

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