Dubai raises Empower's IPO size to 15% on strong investor demand

Selling shareholders increased the size of offering from 10% and reserve the right to amend it further before the end of the subscription period

An Empower district cooling plant, foreground, within the Dubai International Financial Centre area. Bloomberg
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Dubai has increased the size of the stake being sold through an initial public offering in Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) to 15 per cent, citing strong investor demand and oversubscription of shares.

The selling shareholders, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Emirates Power Investment, increased the size from the previous 10 per cent and will now together sell 1.5 billion shares, up from 1 billion earlier, Empower said on Tuesday.

Dewa and Emirates Power Investment will own 59.5 per cent and 25.5 per cent of Empower’s existing share capital, respectively, following the offering.

"The selling shareholders reserve the right to amend the size of the offering tranches, as well as the size of the offering at any time prior to the end of the subscription period," the company said.

Empower on Monday set the price for its IPO between Dh1.31 and Dh1.33 per share. The company may raise about Dh2 billion ($545 million) from the stake sale based on its indicated price range.

The subscription period began on October 31 and is set to close on November 7 for UAE retail investors and on November 8 for qualified institutional investors.

The final offer price is set to be announced on November 9 and Empower expects shares to begin trading on the Dubai Financial Market on November 15.

Based on the minimum dividend amount of Dh850m, or Dh0.085 per share, that will be paid in 2023, the offer price range implies a dividend yield ranging from 6.4 per cent to 6.5 per cent, Empower said.

The UAE Strategic Investment Fund, Shamal Holding and the Abu Dhabi Pension Fund are cornerstone investors in the IPO, with a total commitment of up to Dh335m, Empower said.

Empower's IPO is part of Dubai's plans to list 10 state-owned companies and increase the size of its financial market to about Dh3 trillion. The emirate also plans to set up a Dh2bn market maker fund to encourage the listing of more private companies from sectors such as energy, logistics and retail, it said in November.

Empower was established by royal decree as a joint venture in 2003 to provide energy through its various plants to the emirate's property sector.

The company has become the world’s largest district cooling services provider. It will have 81 district cooling plants by the end of 2022 and a network that is more than 350 kilometres long, according to its website.

Updated: November 01, 2022, 1:59 PM