* Abu Dhabi exercises warrants, hedges 6.3 pct stake
* Abu Dhabi profit seen near 3 bln stg
* Fears rise on investment bank income for Q3, 2011
* Barclays interested in 400 mln stg Egg deal -Sky
* Barclays shares down 2.2 percent
(Adds reports on Egg interest, details on Abu Dhabi's
shareholding, profit, closing share price)
By Steve Slater
LONDON, Oct 8 The main Middle East investor who
pumped billions of pounds into Barclays (BARC.L) two years ago
has locked in a profit of about 3 billion pounds on the
investment after a complex deal that sent the bank's shares
The sale came as concern mounted that income at Barclays
Capital (BarCap), the investment bank arm, will fall short of
expectations for the third quarter and possibly next year.
PCP3, a vehicle of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a
member of Abu Dhabi's ruling family and the owner of English
soccer team Manchester City, exercised 131.6 million warrants in
Barclays late on Thursday and simultaneously entered into a
hedging arrangement with Nomura (8604.T).
The deal leaves Sheikh Mansour with a 6.3 percent holding in
Barclays, which he has fully hedged to protect him from any fall
in the share price.
As part of the complex hedging transaction, Japanese bank
Nomura sold 220 million shares in Barclays to hedge its own
exposure. The shares were sold before Friday's opening at near
295 pence per share, a person familiar with the matter said.
Barclays shares closed on Friday down 2.2 percent at 297.25
pence, one of the weakest UK blue-chip stocks. The stock fell as
low as 292.85p, its lowest since for five weeks.
"Abu Dhabi still have upside exposure in the stock, but
they're taking some money off the table," said Manoj Ladwa,
senior trader at ETX Capital.
Shares were also hurt by an expectation that investment
banks will suffer a drop in income of at least 10 to 20 percent
in the third quarter from the second quarter, after a slow July
and August. [ID:nLDE68T0SO]
"Sentiment is poor, Q3 investment bank earnings will be weak
and, realistically, the best possible outcome for Barclays
Capital is modest outperformance," said Ian Gordon, analyst at
Exane BNP Paribas.
BarCap's revenue could dip to less than 3 billion pounds in
the third quarter from 3.3 billion in the previous three months.
Credit Suisse analysts said there was a risk that expectations
for 2011 were also "materially too high". [ID:nLDE6961X9]
Barclays is also in talks to buy UK credit card business Egg
from U.S. bank Citigroup (C.N) in a possible 400 million pound
deal, Sky News reported on Friday. [ID:nLDE6971SQ]
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ABU DHABI PROFIT
Abu Dhabi's warrants, which allow a holder to buy a stock at
a specific price during a specified period, were exercised at
197.775 pence per share.
Abu Dhabi pumped 5 billion pounds into Barclays under a
controversial fundraising agreed two years ago that allowed the
bank to avoid taking taxpayer funds at the height of the
But the deal was criticised by existing shareholders for
being too generous to the new investors.
Abu Dhabi could have owned as much as a 16.3 percent stake
in Barclays under the deal. But it has pocketed much of its
profit and with the latest deal its PCP3 investment vehicle is
sitting on a total profit of about 3 billion pounds on its
PCP3 has been hedging the position this year and it said the
latest transaction marked the completion of a strategy "that
locks in a significant gain ... while retaining further upside".
Barclays also raised funds from Qatar, China, Japan and
Singapore investors in 2008.
Qatar still holds 379.2 million warrants that can be
exchanged into shares under the same terms as Abu Dhabi. The
warrants are exercisable until 2013.
(Additional reporting by Tricia Wright; Editing by Mike Nesbit,
David Holmes and Karen Foster)