EFG Hermes, a leading financial services provider, has concluded today its advisory to the Oman-based Dhofar Generating Company (DGC) on its $52 million initial public offering (IPO) on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM).
DGC owns and operates the Salalah II independent power project (IPP) which comprises two power generation plants with a combined and contracted capacity of 718 MW. The project is located in the Dhofar governorate in Oman and represents c.62 per cent of total contracted capacity in the Dhofar power system.
EFG Hermes acted as sole global coordinator and bookrunner on the transaction, while Bank Dhofar acted as issue manager.
The offering saw selling shareholders ACWA Power, Mitsui & Co and the Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding Company (DIDIC) offer 88,896,000 shares (40 per cent) of DGC to institutional and retail investors at an offer price of RO0.225 per share. DGC’s total market capitalization at admission today was RO50 million (c.$130 million).
“The transaction marks our sixth consecutive equity capital markets (ECM) transaction on five different exchanges since the beginning of the year, a testament to our ECM platform’s ability to successfully work with multiple regulators and execute back-to-back transactions across different geographies,” said Mohamed Fahmi, Co-Head of Investment Banking at EFG Hermes.
The DGC IPO follows a string of successful ECM transactions concluded during 2018, including the:
• The $c.40 million rights issue of Cleopatra Hospitals Group;
• Orange Egypt’s $c.866 million capital increase;
• The $c.52 million accelerated equity offering of Orascom Construction on the Nasdaq Dubai;
• The IPO of frontier microfinance lender ASA International on the London Stock Exchange (LSE); and
• The $c.226 million accelerated equity offering 17 per cent of Humansoft Holding Company K.S.C.P on Boursa Kuwait.
“The division was particularly successful in tapping long-only institutional investors, regional family offices and high-net-worth individuals, thus meeting DGC’s target of building a diversified, and healthy investor mix that goes beyond the pool of retail investors and local institutions, which is a traditional trait of Oman-based IPOs,” added Fahmi.
Mohamed Ebeid, Co-CEO of the Investment Bank stated: “EFG Hermes continues to build a prolific investment banking track record by adapting to its client needs and simultaneously meeting the demands of global investors who carry variant risk-return profiles, all while consistently meeting the diverse requirements of different regional and global regulator.”
“Executing our first IPO in Oman is yet another solid step in our expansion strategy that sees us continue to execute outside traditional jurisdictions and deliver unrivalled sell-side capabilities across frontier and emerging markets,” added Ebeid.
DGC commenced commercial operations in 2003 and currently maintains a 15-year power purchase agreement for its total generation capacity with the Oman Power & Water Procurement Co. (OPWP) maturing in 2033. The company generated revenues of RO15.4 million in 2017 ($40 million). – TradeArabia News Service