BNY Mellon Appointed as Depositary Bank by Fatima Fertilizer Company Ltd., the First OTC-Traded DR from Pakistan

Mar 07, 2011, 08:15 ET from BNY Mellon

NEW YORK, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon, the global leader in asset management and securities servicing, has been selected by Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited as the depositary bank for its American depositary receipt (ADR) program.  Each Fatima ADR represents 50 ordinary shares and trades on the over-the-counter (OTC) market under the symbol "FTMFY."  Fatima Fertilizer's ordinary shares trade on all three stock exchanges (Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad) in Pakistan.

Fatima Fertilizer Company was incorporated in December 2003 under Pakistan's Companies Ordinance- 1984 with the objective of setting up a fully integrated fertilizer complex, capable of producing two intermediate products (ammonia and nitric acid) and four final products (nitro phosphate, nitrogen phosphorous potassium, calcium ammonium nitrate, and urea).  Fatima's complex also includes a 56 megawatt captive power plant in addition to off-sites and utilities.

"With over 22 million hectares under cultivation, agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan's economy, and Fatima Fertilizer is a significant step in attaining fertilizer self-sufficiency.  As Fatima Fertilizer grows and expands, a key milestone in our goals is the creation of this ADR program," said Fawad A. Mukhtar, chief executive officer of Fatima.  "We will now be able to garner more international exposure and investment to continue to fund our future plans."

"As the first Pakistan-based company to begin trading on the U.S. OTC markets, Fatima Fertilizer will be the first Pakistani stock readily available to both retail and institutional investors," said Michael Cole-Fontayn, chief executive officer of BNY Mellon's Depositary Receipts business.  "With our IR advisory and transactional expertise, we can offer Fatima Fertilizer the opportunity for enhanced exposure to the world's capital markets."

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