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Saudi Cargo Firm SAL’s US$678 Mil IPO Sells Out in Hours

Publish date: Tue, 26 Sep 2023, 09:11 AM
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The benchmark Tadawul Index has climbed about 10% from its March low.

(Sept 25): Cargo firm SAL Saudi Logistics Services Co received orders for all shares in its Riyadh initial public offering (IPO) hours after books opened on the deal, showing ongoing investor demand for listings in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia’s biggest airline and another shareholder on Monday said they were seeking to raise as much as 2.54 billion riyals (RM3.17 billion) from the IPO. Order books were covered across the price range within a few hours, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.

A representative for SAL declined to comment.

The deal is the latest indicator of robust sentiment in what is usually the Persian Gulf’s biggest and busiest listings market after a slow first half. A drop in Saudi Arabia’s stock market from the second half of last year through to March on weaker oil prices helped put a brake on listing activity, with offerings only picking up again at the start of the summer.

Earlier on Monday, Lumi Rental Co surged by the 30% limit on trading debut. And oil driller ADES Holding Co, backed by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, last week drew US$76.5 billion in orders for its US$1.2 billion IPO — the country’s largest this year.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp, also known as Saudia, and Tarabot Air Cargo Services Ltd are offering 24 million shares — a 30% stake — at 98 riyals to 106 riyals each in the cargo firm, according to a statement. The price range values SAL at as much as 8.48 billion riyals.

The bookbuilding period for institutional investors will run until Oct 1 while retail buyers will be able to place orders from Oct 11 to Oct 13. Saudia currently owns 70% of SAL, while Tarabot owns 30% of the firm.

Crude prices have rallied strongly this quarter as Saudi Arabia and Russia extended their production curbs through the end of the year, while the benchmark Tadawul Index has climbed about 10% from its March low.

Saudi Arabia has outlined an ambition to become a global supply chain hub and develop one of the largest airports in the world in Riyadh, as part of its plans to diversify the economy.

SAL is the leading cargo handling player in Saudi Arabia with a roughly 95% market share and also handles transit and export shipments. The company had revenue of 1.22 billion riyals in 2022 and net income of 362 million riyals. In the first half of this year, SAL posted revenue growth of 15% year-on-year.

HSBC Holdings plc’s Saudi unit has been appointed as sole financial advisor, bookrunner, global coordinator, lead manager and underwriter for the IPO.

Source: TheEdge - 26 Sep 2023

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