December 6, 2012 / 6:36 AM / 5 years ago

UPDATE 1-Wendel posts 39 pct rise in net asset value

* NAV up 39.3 pct at 106.7 euros per share

* Says canceled 2 percent of share capital

* Stock repurchase program to continue (Adds details)

PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) - French investment company Wendel on Thursday posted a 39.3 percent rise in its net asset value over twelve months, boosted by a jump in the share prices of the listed companies it has stakes in.

The company, which has holdings in testing and inspection firm Bureau Veritas, construction materials maker Saint Gobain and electrical infrastructure company Legrand , also said it had canceled 2 pct of its share capital at end-November, as part of its stock repurchase program.

“Wendel plans to continue pursuing this program, depending on market opportunities,” the group said in a release.

The company’s net asset value (NAV), one of its most closely watched indicators, stood at 5.3 billion euros ($6.93 billion), or 106.7 euros per share in late November compared to 90.7 euros per share in August and 76.6 euros in November last year.

Its net asset value is calculated by subtracting its liabilities from its assets which mainly reflect the value of its stakes in listed businesses. The result is then divided by the number of outstanding shares.

Wendel, which also has stakes in non-listed businesses such as construction chemicals company Materis and leather finishing products specialist Stahl, will host its annual investors day on Thursday. ($1 = 0.7652 euros) (Reporting by Alice Cannet; Editing by Christian Plumb)

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