Emaar Properties is seeking to raise as much as $1.5 billion from the initial public offering of its United Arab Emirates development business in what would be the country’s biggest share sale since 2014.
The developer of the world’s tallest skyscraper plans to sell 800 million shares in Emaar Development at a price range of between 5.7 dirhams ($1.55) and 6.9 dirhams per share, the Dubai-based company said in a statement to the bourse on Thursday. The IPO opens today, with about 10 percent of the shares available to retail investors and 90 percent to institutions.
The sale would be the largest since Emaar Malls' $1.6 billion offering in 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It’s part of Emaar’s plan to list subsidiaries to help boost the value of the parent, which spearheaded a building boom in Dubai after foreigners were allowed to own properties in some parts of the emirate in 2002. Emaar, Emaar Malls and the company’s units in Saudi Arabia and Egypt are already listed.
The IPO is an "opportunity to invest in the future of Dubai as we continue to build iconic freehold master-planned communities," Emaar Chairman Mohamed Alabbar said in the statement. Emaar Development has a clear growth strategy, projects in premium locations, "underpinned by Dubai’s transformation from regional to global destination," he said.
The high-end of the offer price represents a premium of as much as 15 percent to the company’s net asset value, according to Bloomberg calculations. Emaar said October 22 the unit had a net asset value at 24.1 billion dirhams at the end of September, or 6.025 dirhams a share.
Potential interest from institutional investors for the IPO already exceeds the full deal size, according to terms obtained by Bloomberg. The sale managers pre-marketed the IPO before book building began today.
Emaar is selling 20 percent in the unit, which expects to pay at least $1.7 billion in dividends over the next three years in about equal installments. That would imply a dividend yield of at least 7.5 percent at the top end of the price range.
The offering to retail investors closes Nov. 13 and to qualified investors on Nov. 15, with the shares to be listed on the Dubai Financial Market on Nov. 22. The final offer price is expected to be announced on Nov. 16 after a book building process.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, EFG Hermes UAE Ltd., Emirates NBD Capital PSC, First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are acting as the joint global coordinators for the offering, while Emirates NBD PJSC and FAB will be the lead receiving banks. Rothschild is the financial adviser.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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