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 ADNOC Offers 880 Million Shares in ADNOC Drilling


ADNOC Offers 880 Million Shares in ADNOC Drilling

The state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced plans to offer a 5.5% stake (or 880 million shares) in its drilling unit, ADNOC Drilling, in a secondary sale to institutional investors.

The value of the stake is said to be valued at $989 million, based on the company’s closing share price of $1.12 on Tuesday, the company said in a disclosure with Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) on Wednesday.

The bookbuilding period for the Offering will commence immediately and is expected to close on 23 May 2024, the company said in the filing. subject to acceleration. The final number of shares to be placed and the offering price will be determined at the close of the bookbuild process.

The final terms of the offering are expected to be announced following the completion of the book-building process for the offering, which will consist exclusively of shares held by ADNOC and allows ADNOC to sell a further stake in ADNOC Drilling to enhance liquidity and trading in ADNOC Drilling’s ordinary shares and diversify its shareholder base.

A higher free float is also expected to provide a pathway towards inclusion in the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Emerging Market Index, which may take place at the next quarterly review subject to ADNOC Drilling meeting all the relevant inclusion criteria.

MSCI inclusion of ADNOC Drilling would contribute to the diversification of the Company’s investor base and significantly broaden awareness of its unique value proposition, ADNOC Drilling said.

Exception Growth

Khaled Al Zaabi, Group Chief Financial Officer at ADNOC, said that since its IPO in October 2021, ADNOC Drilling has delivered exceptional growth and superior shareholder returns including a recent dividend policy upgrade.

It is poised for further growth as it unlocks the UAE’s world-class unconventional energy resources and utilises innovative technologies through its OFS technology joint venture platform Enersol, he said.

He added: “As a committed, long-term majority shareholder, this offering aligns with ADNOC’s strategic objectives to enhance the liquidity and free float of ADNOC Drilling, diversify its shareholder base and supports value creation. Securing MSCI emerging market index inclusion also underscores ADNOC’s role as a key catalyst and critical enabler of the Abu Dhabi financial market.”

The sale supports ADNOC’s commitment to further strengthen the Abu Dhabi equity capital market while creating sustainable value for shareholders across its listed portfolio. Shares in ADNOC Drilling held by ADNOC which are not sold in the offering will be subject to a lock-up period of six months from the settlement date.

EFG Hermes UAE Limited (acting in conjunction with EFG Hermes UAE LLC), First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC, Goldman Sachs International and J.P. Morgan Securities PLC are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Book-runners for the offering.

It may be recalled that ADNOC Drilling went public offering an 11% stake and raising $1.1 billion in October 2021. ADNOC retained an 84% stake, while Baker Hughes held a 5% stake in the drilling arm.

Global Business Magazine

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