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Al Ansari exchange completes IPO, raising Dh773 million

Finance Dubai 02 Apr 23
Al Ansari exchange completes IPO, raising Dh773 million
Al Ansari exchange completes IPO. Final offer price has been set at Dh1.03 per share, which is the top of the previously announced price range.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
02 April 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
30 April 2023, 12:00 AM

The initial public offering of Al Ansari Financial Services is a trailblazer for family-owned businesses in the country, experts said.The strong response to the IPO is also evidence for the high investor appetite in the region.

On Monday, the company set the final offer price for its IPO at Dh1.03 per share, at the top of the previously announced price range. The company raised Dh773 million in the share sale.

Mohammad Ali Yasin, capital markets expert and adviser said, “Al Ansari is a family-owned business. Its success is a very encouraging sign for such companies to come to the market."

Al Ansari Financial Services IPO drew record bids worth Dh12.7 billion, including a Dh200 million commitment from anchor investor National Bonds Corp. Even without this corner store investor commitment, the IPO issue, which closed on Friday, was oversubscribed 22 times. Such was the demand that the retail quote was oversubscribed 44 times, with its offer size raised from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent of the total offer size. The company has set the final share price at Dh1.03, implying a market cap of Dh7.7 billion at listing.

With a 7.80 per cent to 8.00 per cent dividend yield, the company expects to distribute a minimum dividend of Dh600 million for the current year.

Vijay Valecha, Chief Investment Officer, Century Financial said, “With this yield, Al Ansari would be in the top 4 companies in the DFM index ranked by dividend yield. The National General Insurance Company offers the highest dividend yield (TTM 12 M) of 10.27 per cent."

The qualified investor offering drew more than Dh10.2 billion in orders, including the Dh200 million commitment from National Bonds. Excluding the cornerstone tranche, qualified investor books were more than 19 times covered. The qualified investor offering saw strong demand from both international and regional investors, with a good representation from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries, highlighting the strong brand recognition of the Group across the GCC region.

The UAE Retail Offer drew significant demand with more than Dh2.5 billion in orders, and the total number of applications through the Receiving Banks and DFM’s online platform reaching almost 15 thousand. In response to the overwhelming demand from retail investors, as previously announced, the selling shareholder, Al Ansari Holding exercised its right to increase the allotment to the UAE Retail Offer to 56.25 million shares, which represents 7.5 per cent of the total number of shares on offer.

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