An Abu Dhabi-based investment holding company is leaving traders and investors scratching their heads after a 2,819% surge in its stock in the past 12 months with very low trading volumes.
International Holdings Co. PJSC, which derived most of its revenue in 2019 from fish farming in the United Arab Emirates, has reached a market value of $14 billion, up from about $133 million a year ago. The steep rally in its shares hasn’t been dented by this year’s global equity market meltdown sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, or the collapse in oil prices which roiled Middle-Eastern markets. The company’s shares are up 351% in 2020.
The uninterrupted surge has made it the best performing stock worldwide in the past 12 months among companies worth $1 billion or more, and IHC is now the fifth-biggest listed group in the U.A.E. by market value, after Emirates Telecom Group Co., First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC, Emirates NBD PJSC and DP World Plc.