February 3, 2013 / 8:31 AM / in 5 years

Iraq's $1.35 bln Asiacell share offer sold out -exchange

BAGHDAD, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A $1.35 billion sale of shares in Iraqi mobile telephone firm Asiacell, the country’s first major public offer of equity since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, was fully subscribed, the stock exchange said on Sunday.

Taha Abdulsalam, chief executive of the Iraq Stock Exchange, told Reuters that orders had been received for all 67.5 billion shares on offer, comprising 25 percent of the company’s share capital.

The shares were sold at 22 Iraqi dinars ($0.02) each. Public trade in the shares had been expected to start on the exchange on Sunday, but it will begin on Monday, exchange officials said. (Reporting by Aseel Kami, Writing by Matt Smith, Editing by Andrew Torchia)

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