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UAE's Eshraq Properties raises $225m in IPO, bankers say

Eshraq's initial public offering is first by a property firm since real estate boom ended in 2008

UAE's Eshraq Properties raises $225m in IPO, bankers say
IPO INTEREST: UAE property firm Eshraq raised AED825m in an oversubscribed offer that signals renewed interest in the battered property sector

UAE property firm Eshraq raised AED825m ($225m), its target amount, in an oversubscribed offer that signals renewed interest in the battered property sector, bankers said on Thursday.

Eshraq's initial public offering, the first by a real estate firm since the UAE's property boom collapsed in 2008, closed on Wednesday. The Abu Dhabi-based firm has total capital of AED1.5bn ($408.39m) and offered 55 percent through the IPO. It plans to list on the Abu Dhabi exchange.

"The company offered 825 million shares and the demand was more than that with quality institutional and retail investors participating," Majd Maaitah, head of securities at National Bank of Abu Dhabi, told Reuters.

He declined to say how many times it was oversubscribed as numbers were still being finalised.

NBAD acted as lead receiving bank and investment firm Royal Capital was lead manager for the IPO which launched on May 1.

"That Eshraq, being in the real estate sector was able to raise the amount is a sign of success. It will be an added value to the stock market," a banker involved in the IPO said.

Esraq plans to use the funds for to finance current and future developments, it said ahead of the IPO. Some 70 percent of Eshraq's future developments will be in the UAE and 30 percent in Saudi Arabia.

Eshraq plans to invest AED2.3bn over the next three years in developing property.

NBAD's Maaitah said Eshraq could list on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market (ADX) within two months.

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