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March 15, 2022 11:26 am

DEWA announced plans to offer 3.25 billion shares part of Dubai IPO

A 6.5 percent share of the company is on offer
DEWA electricity
DEWA electricity

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) launched on Tuesday the first public offering among ten planned listings of state-linked businesses aimed at revitalizing the national stock exchange, Reuters reported.

In an e-mail message, the state utility announced its intention to float (ITF) and added that the Dubai government planned to offer 3.25 billion shares or a 6.5 percent share of the company.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

 

After the ITF was published, DEWA’s chief executive, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said in a press conference that the company has the option to increase the scope of the offer beyond 6.5 percent, subject to demand and market conditions.

Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed, Dubai’s deputy ruler, announced in November that he would take ten government-linked companies public to boost stock market activity.

The listing intent is to help the Dubai stock market compete more effectively with large exchanges in the region, such as those in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding Abu Dhabi.

Thomas Varghese

 

Thomas Varghese, the company’s chief financial officer, said investors provided positive feedback so far on the planned IPO and that the offering would hopefully continue without global market disruptions caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Earnings and dividends

 

Last year, the company reported adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of 12.1 billion dirhams ($3.29 billion) with net income of 6.6 billion dirhams.

DEWA expects to pay a minimum annual dividend of 6.2 billion dirhams ($1.69 billion) over the next five years, starting from October 22, according to reports, with dividends planned twice a year, in April and October.

Listings info

 

From March 24, the company will sell two tranches to institutional and retail investors. According to reports, a future listing of DEWA on the Dubai Financial Market will be released in April.

The shares held by the Dubai government following the opening of the IPO are subject to a six-month lock-in period, according to the report.

Emirates NBD, based in Dubai, is the financial advisor for the transaction, and Moelis & Co, an American consulting firm, is the independent financial advisor.

According to Citigroup Global Markets, Emirates NBD’s investment banking division and HSBC are among the company’s global coordinators.

Credit Suisse, EFG Hermes, First Abu Dhabi Bank, and Goldman Sachs are all joint bookrunners, according to the company.