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Nassef Sawiris’ stake in Orascom Construction drops by $10 million in one month

by Omokolade Ajayi

Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris’ stake in the leading North African corporation Orascom Construction Plc (ORAS) has dropped in value by $10 million in 31 days, according to Reuters.

The company’s share price on the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) lost six percent of its value since the start of May, decreasing from $5.42 (EGP85.00) per share on May 4 to $5.12 (EGP80.25) per share as of May 31.

ORAS is a leading engineering and construction services company, with a footprint in the Middle East, Africa and the United States.

The company is majority-owned by Sawiris and operates in the infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors.

ORAS was established in 1950 by Onsi Sawiris, Sawiris’ father. Since then, it has grown into a market leader with a value of about $597 million (EGP9.37 billion) on the EGX.

ORAS split in 2015 into three separate entities: Orascom Telecom led by Naguib Sawiris, Orascom Hotels and Development chaired by Samih Sawiris and ORAS.

Sawiris has a 29-percent stake in the company with about 33,825,323 ordinary shares worth $173 million (EGP2.7 billion).

This is lower than their earlier market value of $183 million, or the value of his stake when the ORAS share price was $5.42 (EGP85.00). This translates to a loss of $10 million (EGP161 million) for Sawiris, whose net worth is valued at $7.16 billion.

Sawiris is Egypt’s wealthiest man. His most valuable asset is his six-percent stake in Adidas, the global sportswear giant headquartered in Germany. He also owns a stake in LafargeHolcim, a global leader in building materials and solutions.

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