Saudi’s Health Water eyes 30% IPO in 2013 - sources

Olayan Group-owned firm plans to raise US$80m - US$133m, says source
By Reuters
Mon 23 Apr 2012 04:11 PM

Health Water Bottling Co, a company owned by Saudi Arabian conglomerate Olayan Group, is planning to go public by issuing 30 percent of its shares in a flotation in the first quarter of 2013, three sources said.

Health Water, which was formed in 1973 and is the sole distributor of Holsten non-alcoholic beer and Power Horse energy drink in the kingdom, is planning to raise between SAR300m and SAR500m (US$80m - US$133m) from the public offering, said one of the sources.

Health Water, which also owns the 'Nova' mineral water brand, has hired Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to manage the sale, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity as the matter is not public.

"It's a pretty good business which generated about US$120m - US$130m in net income last year. A float from the group is going to generate investor interest," the source said.

Health Water officials were not immediately available for comment. Olayan Group is one of the largest family-owned firms in the kingdom and owns a sizeable stake in Swiss bank Credit Suisse.

It has a multi-billion dollar portfolio of investments spread across major asset classes globally.

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