Dubai’s Salik ups IPO size to 24.9% due to strong demand

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Salik Company on Friday announced that it has increased the number of shares offered in Salik’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) from 1,500,000,000 ordinary shares to 1,867,500,000 ordinary shares, which would result in an increase in the Offer Size from 20.0% to 24.9% of Salik’s share capital, with the Government of Dubai continuing to own 75.1% of Salik’s existing share capital.

Salik has also received approval from the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) to allocate the increase of the Offer Size to the respective tranches as follows: the First and Third Tranches (in aggregate) will increase from 120,000,000 to 145,725,000 ordinary shares (or c.7.8% of the Offer Size), whilst the Second Tranche (for qualified investors) will increase from 1,380,000,000 to 1,721,775,000 ordinary shares (or c.92.2% of the Offer Size).

The new offering size was determined by the Selling Shareholder, following Salik’s decision to set the offer price at Dhs2.00 per ordinary share on  Sept.13, 2022, providing investors with a highly attractive value proposition. The decision also reflected Salik’s prioritisation of supporting aftermarket trading performance post-listing.

The subscription period for the Salik IPO remains unchanged. The UAE Retail Offer will close on 20th September, 2022, and the Qualified Investor Offering will close on Sept. 21, 2022.

Salik is expected to commence trading on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) on  Sept.29, 2022, under the symbol “SALIK” and ISIN AEE01110S227. The Company’s starting market capitalisation is expected to be Dhs15.0 billion ($4.1 billion).

Investors who participated in the UAE Retail Offer will be notified of their allocation of shares via SMS on 26th September, 2022.

Meanwhile, Dubai’s exclusive toll gate operator Salik Company has recently announced the offer price and start of the subscription period for its initial public offering (IPO) on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM).

The price for the Offering has been set at Dhs2.0 per share. The total Offering size is expected to be Dhs3 billion ($817 million), implying a market capitalisation at listing of Dhs15 billion ($4 billion), a company statement said on Tuesday.

Ibrahim Sultan Al Haddad, Chief Executive Officer of Salik, said, “Salik plays a leading role in Dubai’s urban development plans. The growth of the city is in tandem with the growth of Salik, and this offering represents an exciting opportunity for investors to be a part of that journey. We are delighted by the strong interest we have received since announcing our intention to float. As a technologically advanced core infrastructure asset positioned to benefit from Dubai’s expansion plans, and given its unique capex-light business model, we believe Salik represents an attractive investment proposition for both institutional and retail investors.”

A total of 1,500,000,000 ordinary shares, equivalent to 20% of Salik’s total issued share capital, will be offered, with the Selling Shareholder reserving the right to increase the size of the Offering at any time prior to the end of the subscription period at its sole discretion, subject to applicable laws and approval of the Securities & Commodities Authority (the SCA).

All shares to be offered shall represent the sale of existing shares held by the Government of Dubai.

The Offering is available to the following subscribers; individual and other investors in the UAE as defined in the prospectus in Arabic, and referred to as “First Tranche” subscribers; Certain eligible employees (the Eligible Employees) as defined in the UAE prospectus and referred to as “Third Tranche” subscribers; an offering to professional investors and other investors in a number of countries, including in the UAE, outside the United States of America in reliance on Regulation S (the Qualified Investor Offering) and referred to as “Second Tranche” subscribers.

As part of the Qualified Investor Offering, and in accordance with both the Companies Law and the Dubai Law, five percent of the Offering will be reserved for offer to the Emirates Investment Authority (EIA), and five percent of the Offering will be reserved for offer to the Pensions and Social Security Fund of Local Military Personnel.

The IPO subscription period runs until 20th September 2022 for the UAE Retail Offering and 21st September 2022 for the Qualified Investor Offering.

The completion of the Offering and Admission is currently expected to take place on 29th September 2022, subject to market conditions and obtaining relevant regulatory approvals in the UAE, including approval of Admission to listing and trading on the DFM.

On 12th September 2022, the Company entered into cornerstone investment agreements with the UAE Strategic Investment Fund (through Emirates NBD AM SPC), Dubai Holding, Shamal Holding and the Abu Dhabi Pension Fund (ADPF) (together, the Cornerstone Investors), pursuant to which each of the Cornerstone Investors severally (and neither jointly nor jointly and severally) has committed to purchase shares in the Qualified Investor Offering at the Offer Price.

In aggregate, the Cornerstone Investors have committed up to c. Dhs606 million ($165 million) to the IPO with their shares subject to a 180-day lock-up arrangement, following listing.

WAM



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