Presight AI IPO: G42 unit drew nearly $26bn in orders for $496m offering

Company will start trading on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange's first market on March 27

Presight is capitalising on big data analytics being powered by AI and providing organisations with valuable insights and tools to make decisions. Photo: Presight
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Presight AI, a unit of Abu Dhabi's G42 group focused on data analytics and artificial intelligence, drew Dh94.9 billion ($25.8 billion) in bids for its initial public offering that ended on Friday.

The offering raised $496 million for the company and was oversubscribed 136 times on average, excluding the commitment from the Presight’s cornerstone investor International Holding Company, it said on Friday.

IHC confirmed its 15 per cent cornerstone investment in the offering, in a statement to the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

Presight, which was founded in 2020, sold more than 1.35 billion shares at Dh1.34 a share, equivalent to 24.24 per cent of the company’s stock upon listing.

“The significant oversubscription is a testament to investor confidence in our company’s growth strategy and ability to create value for shareholders," said Thomas Pramotedham, chief executive of Presight.

"The IPO will help us capitalise on significant potential for market growth as demand for big data analytics powered by AI continues to grow across multiple sectors.”

Presight shares will start trading on the ADX's first market on March 27 under the symbol “PRESIGHT”.

The company is based at the Abu Dhabi Global Market and focuses on three sectors that it says have significant potential for innovative market growth — public services, finance and sports.

Presight uses advanced data analytics to predict environmental impact, enable efficient infrastructure use and transform educational outcomes.

It has more than 10 flagship technology solutions, in excess of 100 AI models and clients on three continents.

The company is capitalising on rising demand for Big Data analytics. Its Transformative Analytics Quotient platform, gathers and analyses multi-source data that helps to enable forecasting of probable outcomes that support decision-making.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the company supported the UAE government with analytics, helping it to keep its borders open. It also supported the country as it hosted the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Presight has grown its operations since it was founded and signed its first international agreement — the National Transformation Programme of Digital Angola 2024.

“Presight AI’s IPO is an excellent opportunity to help us create a diversified yet strong industry portfolio," said Syed Basar Shueb, IHC’s chief executive.

"IHC is looking to deepen its engagement and investment in the tech space regionally and globally."

IHC's investment in Presight is part of its long-term strategy to grow its capacity in the tech industry across different sectors while it scales up its information technology businesses.

The UAE's most valuable listed company, IHC has multiplied its technology deals by more than 200 per cent since 2021, crossing Dh2.1 billion in tech investment.

The IPO drive in the Middle East has continued to gather pace in 2023 after the region registered 48 listings in 2022 that raised more than $23 billion last year, compared with $7.52 billion from 20 offerings in 2021.

Earlier this month, Adnoc raised about $2.5 billion from the sale of a 5 per cent stake in its gas business, marking the year's largest listing globally. The Adnoc Gas listing was about 50 times oversubscribed and drew more than $124 billion in orders.

Updated: March 17, 2023, 12:42 PM