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UAE: Emaar Prepares to Float 800 Million Shares in IPO

UAE: Emaar Prepares to Float 800 Million Shares in IPO

Friday, 3 November, 2017 - 11:15
Emaar Offices, UAE, Asharq Al-Awsat

The UAE’s Emaar Development set on Thursday the price range for its IPO, which goes live on Nov. 22. The range extended between AED 5.70 and AED 6.90 dirhams per share — at the top end, that would value the firm at a whopping $7.5 billion, while raising as much as $1.5 billion.

The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) said it was glad with the fees windfall following this month’s initial public offering (IPO) of Emaar Development, part of the UAE’s largest listed company, Emaar Properties. The parent company behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

It is expected that the subscription process for institutional and retail investors runs until Nov. 15 and Nov. 13 respectively.

Listing fees, especially following an IPO, will doubtless be welcome bounty for DFM, especially if the float is part of a wider trend heralding a resurgence of IPOs in the region.

On Oct. 30 the DFM revealed net profit in the third quarter had slumped 22 percent to 27.7 million dirhams, while trading values were down 23 percent. During the first nine months of 2017, trading values were down less dramatically at 5 percent after a strong first quarter.

The flotation will be the largest IPO on the Dubai market since Emaar raised $1.6 billion spinning off its malls unit in 2014. Emaar Properties plans to sell a 20 percent stake, or 800 million shares, in its real estate development business, less than expected after it had received shareholder approval to sell up to 30 percent of the unit.

“Emaar Development’s strategic decision to IPO provides both individual and institutional investors with the opportunity to invest in the future of Dubai as we continue to build iconic freehold master-planned communities,” Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar said.

Alabbar also said the firm’s projects include Dubai Creek Harbor, Emaar South, Arabian Ranches and Dubai Hills Estate.

Emaar Development said its financial profile was underpinned by Dubai’s transformation from a regional to a global destination.

The company aims to distribute aggregate dividends of no less than $1.7 billion during the next three financial years, with the first IPO dividend to be paid in the third quarter of 2018.

The IPO offers the opportunity for shareholders — including the UAE government — to unlock the true value of the development business, and will allow potential investors to invest in a pure-play property developer, said Emaar.

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