ADES Prices IPO at Top End

An investor monitors a screen displaying stock information at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Reuters)
An investor monitors a screen displaying stock information at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Reuters)
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ADES Prices IPO at Top End

An investor monitors a screen displaying stock information at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Reuters)
An investor monitors a screen displaying stock information at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Reuters)

Saudi oil and gas driller ADES Holding said it has set the final price for its initial public offering (IPO), implying a valuation of $4.06 billion for the Saudi sovereign wealth fund-backed firm.

Last week, Reuters reported that the IPO was expected to be priced at SR13.50 a share, the top end of a previously announced range.

The oil and gas exploration company is offering 237.1 million new shares for subscription, while its shareholders, the PIF, ADES Investments Holding, and Zamil Group Investment, are selling about 101.6 million shares.

The firm is expected to raise about $1.22 billion from selling more than 338.7 million existing and new shares, or about 30 percent of its issued share capital post-capital increase.

ADES confirmed the pricing for the IPO, saying it drew nearly $76.5 billion in orders from institutional investors.

In November, Reuters reported that the planned IPO could fetch more than $1 billion, citing sources close to the matter.

Institutional book-building has closed. Retail subscription runs from Sept. 26-28. Final share allocations are expected by Oct. 4. No date has yet to be set for shares to begin trading.

ADES is the second company to seek a flotation on the Saudi Exchange since the summer after domestic auto rental company Lumi priced its IPO at the top of its range earlier this month.

ADES operates a fleet of offshore and onshore rigs across the Middle East, North Africa, and India. It is headquartered in Khobar, and its clients include Aramco, Kuwait Oil Company, and North Oil Company in Qatar.



Euro 2024 Tourism to Bring 1$ Billion to Germany, Study Shows 

The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)
The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)
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Euro 2024 Tourism to Bring 1$ Billion to Germany, Study Shows 

The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)
The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)

Germany, the host of Euro 2024, can expect a 1 billion euro ($1.07 billion) boost to its economy thanks to foreign tourists traveling to the country for the soccer games, the ifo institute forecasts.

This corresponds to about 0.1% of economic output in the second quarter of the year, with Germany´s hospitality and food retail sectors set to benefit the most from the games, the country's top economic research institute said.

"However, the effect is only short-lived, so that exports of services due to returning tourists are likely to fall again after the end of the European Championship in the third quarter and remain the same on balance," ifo researcher Gerome Wolf said.

More than an additional 600,000 foreign tourists and 1.5 million additional overnight stays are expected during the Championship, according to the institute's calculations based on the numbers from the FIFA World Cup hosted by Germany in 2006.

The German Economy Ministry also expects a temporary upturn in consumer-facing sectors after very subdued retail sales this year, but not to the same extent as during the 2006 World Cup.

Experts agree that the overall effect of the Euro 2024 on Europe’s largest economy also depends on how the German national team performs in the tournament.

Their match against Scotland will kick off the tournament on Friday evening.