Dubai's Tristar IPO priced at between Dh2.20 and Dh2.70 a share

Range implies a market cap of $719m to $882m for the fuel distributor

A Tristar fuel farm at a company terminal in Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone. The company operates 69 fuel farms and more than 100 remote fuel sites. Courtesy of Tristar 
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Dubai-based fuel distributor Tristar will price its initial public offering on the Dubai Financial Market at Dh2.20-Dh2.70 per share, inferring a market capitalisation of between Dh2.64 billion–Dh3.24bn ($719 million-$882m) for the business.

The company began offering shares to qualified investors on Sunday and said it would sell 20 per cent of its shares as a "base case", but could list up to 24 per cent. It expects to raise between Dh438m-Dh537m in primary proceeds through the sale of new shares, while shareholders will sell between Dh90m-Dh240m of existing shares through a secondary offering.

“I am delighted our share offer is now open, which provides investors the opportunity to share in Tristar’s long-term growth aspirations," the company's founder and chief executive Eugene Mayne said. "Our business has achieved considerable success over the last 23 years."

Tristar plans to list its shares on the Dubai Financial Market this month. The company is currently owned by Kuwait-based logistics group Agility, Gulf Investment Corporation and an investment vehicle owned by Mr Mayne, with stakes of 65.12 per cent, 19.61 per cent and 15.27 per cent, respectively.

The company has a fleet of more than 2,000 lorries and 35 maritime vehicles serving national and international oil companies. It also operates 69 fuel farms and more than 100 remote sites in 21 countries across three continents.

Its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for 2020 stood at $103.6m on revenue of $453.4m.

The company intends to use some of the proceeds to repay about Dh197m of loans and payables to related parties.