Sembcorp Salalah closes IPO
The IPO is the largest in Oman this year
Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company, a power and water company based in the Dhofar Governorate of Oman, today announced the successful closure of its initial public offering of 35 per cent of the total share capital, or 33,410,019 existing ordinary shares, at a price of US $4 per share. The issue was opened for subscription on 28 August 2013 and closed on 26 September 2013.
The offering, which raised US $138mn, making it the largest in Oman this year as well as one of the largest in the region, was comfortably oversubscribed and attracted strong levels of demand from both retail and institutional investors across the Sultanate, the GCC and Europe. This implies an opening market capitalisation of US $395mn. Trading of the company’s shares is set to commence on the Muscat Securities Market on or around 10 October 2013.
HSBC Bank Oman SAOG acted as issue manager for the offering. HSBC Bank Middle East acted as sole global coordinator and bookrunner.
Commenting on the offer close, Mr Lim Yeow Keong, Chief Executive Officer of Sembcorp Salalah, said, “We are delighted by the response we have received from such a wide range of investors in Oman and across the region. The overwhelming support and warm welcome we have received reflects the confidence in Sembcorp Salalah’s stable business model and recognises this unique opportunity to invest in an established operator with strong government support and strong predictability of cash flows.”
“We are thrilled to welcome our new investors to the Sembcorp Salalah shareholder register and we look forward to delivering on our commitment to meet the Dhofar region’s growing and long-term power and water demand.”