Abu Dhabi’s Adnoc Is Said to Seek Up to $2 Billion With Unit IPO

The Landmark skyscraper, center, stands on the city skyline beside a waterway in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, May 30, 2016. Abu Dhabi, which sits on six percent of global oil reserves, cut spending by a fifth in 2015 and plans a further 17 percent reduction this year, according to the governments bond prospectus. Photographer: Alex Atack/Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. may raise as much as $2 billion from an initial public offering of its fuel-retailing unit, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as another large share sale in the Middle East pushes ahead.

The crude producer will price the IPO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. for Distribution PJSC in a range of 2.35 dirhams (64 U.S. cents) to 2.95 dirhams a share, said the people, who asked not to be named as the matter is private. Based on that estimate, the unit is valued at $8 billion to $10 billion. Adnoc plans to announce the IPO price range on Sunday.

Adnoc wasn’t immediately available for comment.

The final amount of shares sold and proceeds raised will depend on investor demand, the people said. Adnoc would raise as much as $2 billion if it sells 20 percent of the company at the top end of the range, they said. The final amount could be more in the $1 billion-to-$1.5 billion range, one of the people said.

The company said last week it plans to offer 1.25 billion to 2.5 billion shares in the sale, with the stock expected to begin trading on Dec. 13.

Adnoc posted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of 2.1 billion dirhams last year. The offering is among several expected in the Middle East, including that of Saudi Aramco, as oil-rich Gulf governments sell assets to raise cash to diversify their economies after crude prices slumped.

Offering Struggles

Earlier this month, Emaar Development PJSC struggled to complete its $1.31 billion offering as a crackdown on corruption in Saudi Arabia hurt market sentiment and led investors to pull orders, people familiar with deal said. Shares fell 4.3 percent on the first day of trading, the worst debut since 2014 among the 10 biggest IPOs in the Middle East and Africa over that time span, Bloomberg data show.

Adnoc will try to sell stakes in some units and seek partners for others, Chief Executive Officer Sultan Al Jaber said in an interview this month. The company, which raised $3 billion in bonds last month, is putting chunks of separate operating units up for sale instead of selling a piece of the parent company. Adnoc, which pumps most of the crude in the U.A.E., allows foreign firms to join in partnerships that give them a stake in the emirate’s oil.

Source Credit: Bloomberg Businessweek

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