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DUBAI, July 21 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding , the investment firm of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, made a 9.4 percent rise in its second quarter net profit, it said in a bourse statement on Saturday.
The firm made a net profit of 178.9 million riyals ($47.70 million) during the second quarter this year, compared to 163.5 million riyals in the same period a year earlier.
The rise in profits were attributed to high profits from the company’s investments and sale of real estate investments which made up for the loss made from hotel revenues in the Middle East due to unrest in the region, the statement said.
Kingdom Holding has minority stakes in some of the world’s top companies. Aside from being one of the largest shareholders in Citigroup, it also owns stakes in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and microblogging site Twitter.
The firm is planning to issue a local currency bond. No date has been set for the bond but Banque Saudi Fransi and Deutsche Bank have been mandated to arrange the transaction. ($1 = 3.7502 Saudi riyals) (Reporting by Amena Bakr)