Dubai's Damac delays pricing of London IPO by four days

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DAMAC PLANS: Damac is building 12,500 units across its markets in the Gulf Arab region, Egypt and Lebanon, most set to be handed over by early 2013.(Getty Images)

DAMAC PLANS: Damac is building 12,500 units across its markets in the Gulf Arab region, Egypt and Lebanon, most set to be handed over by early 2013.(Getty Images)

Dubai-based property firm Damac Real Estate has extended roadshows on a London IPO by four days because the verdict on Dubai's bid to host World Expo 2020, due on Wednesday, may interfere with trading, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The company was scheduled to price a $500m IPO on Tuesday's close in London within a range of $12.25 to $13.25 per Global Depositary Receipt.

However, Dubai is currently bidding to host the World Expo trade event in 2020, and as the result will be announced on Wednesday, it was decided that the risk to the aftermarket was too large.

"This will give people time to factor in the Expo result," a source said.

Dubai is the frontrunner to host the World Expo in 2020, and if it wins the bid, property prices are likely to rise in the emirate.

However, because shares have risen in recent times in anticipation of a successful bid, if the event is awarded to another location, Dubai stocks are likely to fall.

In addition, Damac has reduced the deal size to $400m and fixed the final price at $12.25, the bottom of the price range.

As per the new schedule, the shares will begin trading the following week.

Citigroup and Deutsche Bank are joint global coordinators and bookrunners. Samba Capital and VTB Capital are co-lead managers.

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Posted by: Telcoguy

That is a different question... If I am a current shareholder I want to price the IPO as high as possible and then load the stock into someone else while I cash in. What happens next is no longer may concern
Or alternatively, I can stay, buy the stock back with a discount and the net result is that I own the company and I have got the difference, maybe 90% of the initial cash raised as a "gift"

That is the issue with IPOs, there is a brutal lack of simetry in the information available to buyers and sellers. I guess choosing London is trying to signal that they will play by the rules

But delaying the pricing to get the benefit of the Expo announcement, no matter how volatile is the right call for the current shareholders

Posted by: Telcoguy

@Shergar, it seems it is not really an IPO but issuing GDRs. That means that the entity will not be listed in London and will not be subject to the requirements of a UK listed entity

You were right and I was too optimistic

Posted by: Telcoguy

True, but a listing in London may open the door to litigation there

For certain it offers more warranties to investors (as interested in amax shares) and potentially also to customers, at least future customers

Posted by: Shergar

"I guess choosing London is trying to signal that they will play by the rules" -Maybe they will turn a new leaf and play by the rules from now on Telcoguy -up till now it appears all their customers have good reason do not agree!

Posted by: Shergar

They might initially but I don't think Damac would survive consumer friendly laws, evolved legislation and free press on a 'no win no fee' basis. Just look at the amount of uncompleted projects and units they have on their website and do the maths.

Posted by: Shergar

Buyer beware... Do your homework!

Posted by: Telcoguy

They will probably get a boost from the Expo announcement. I agree with your advice though

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