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Al Ansari increases IPO size for retail investors

Finance Dubai 28 Mar 23
Al Ansari increases IPO size for retail investors
Al Ansari IPO Subscription period remains unchanged: The UAE Retail Offer closed on Thursday, and the Qualified Investor Offer will close today.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
28 March 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
30 April 2023, 12:00 AM

Al Ansari Financial Services on Friday announced that it has increased the number of UAE retail shares in its initial public offering (IPO) - raising it from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent - because of strong demand.

This is equivalent to 56.25 million ordinary shares, up from 37.5 million shares.

A total of 750 million shares - or 10 per cent of the group's issued share capital - are on offer. Shares allotted to qualified investors are now at 693.75 million, instead of 7712.5 million, the company confirmed.

The IPO subscription period, however, remains unchanged. The UAE Retail Offer closed on Thursday, March 23, and the Qualified Investor Offer will close today, March 24.

The size of the retail tranche will now be between Dh56.3 million and Dh57.9 million, representing a total of 7.5 per cent of the IPO size. This is based on the previously announced price range of Dh1 to Dh1.03 per share.

The final offer price is expected to be announced on or around March 27 and will be determined through a book-building process upon the close of the qualified investor offer.

All of the shares are existing shares, with Al Ansari Holding selling 10 per cent of its ownership in the group. It will not receive any proceeds from the global offering. Following the global offering, the selling shareholder will continue to hold a stake of 90 per cent.

The completion of the offering and admission is currently expected to take place on April 6, subject to market conditions and obtaining relevant regulatory approvals in the UAE, including approval of admission to listing and trading on the DFM.

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