Gulf Investment House makes market debut on ADX
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) achieved its fifth dual listing with the market debut on Friday of Gulf Investment House (GIH), a Kuwait-based financial services company.
The dual listing on ADX allows GIH to expand its investor base and liquidity in its shares. The company, which invests in real estate properties and direct investments, has been listed on the Kuwait Boursa since May 2002 and has a market capitalization of AED 1.96 billion.
Abdulaziz Asaad Alsanad
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gulf Investment House, Abdulaziz Asaad Alsanad announced that GIH inaugurates a new historical milestone in its journey represented in the inclusion of the company’s shares on ADX, one of the most important and prominent regional markets, which has a market capitalization of more than AED 2.2 trillion. It is the first Kuwaiti company since the inception of the Kuwait Boursa to be listed in Abu Dhabi.
Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri
Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ADX, said: “We are actively forging deeper ties across the region through dual listings as well as the Tabadul exchange hub initiative, which will facilitate investment across markets. The increase we have seen of trading in dual-listed companies reflects the fact ADX is becoming a dual listings destination of choice for companies from the region.”
ADX has experienced a significant uplift in market capitalization and liquidity over the last year, with a robust IPO and listing pipeline as well as increased participation from international and institutional investors.
This year, ADX has been one of the best-performing markets globally and the exchange reached the AED 2 trillion market capitalization target milestone to become the second largest exchange in the Middle East.
Traded values (buy + sell) on the exchange reached AED 422.5 billion in the first half of 2022, up 45% from AED 291.2 billion a year earlier. Trading volumes increased to 68.5 billion shares in the period, from 47.3 billion in the first half of 2021.
The listing of Gulf Investment House on ADX brings the number of dual listings on the exchange to five. Shares of Oooredoo, Sudatel Telecom Group, Oman and Emirates Investment Holding Company, and Gulf Finance House also have secondary listings on the exchange. As of 29 September 2022, market capitalization for dual-listed companies on ADX stood at AED 29 billion, up from AED 23 billion a year earlier. Total trading in the securities nearly quadrupled year on year to AED 118 million in the first nine months of 2022.