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Pure Well being IPO seen fetching over $1 billion, CEO saysTargets tech unit IPO in third quarter, with $1 bln assetsMulls IPO of Worldwide Power Holding subsequent yearPlans purchases this 12 months and subsequent, looking for sizeable mortgage

ABU DHABI, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Worldwide Holding Firm (IHC.AD) plans to promote 20% of its expertise unit in an preliminary public providing subsequent 12 months, its CEO informed Reuters, including that the UAE’s IHC is aiming for a primary quarter IPO of Pure Well being to lift greater than $1 billion.

IHC, which rose from relative obscurity to turn out to be the United Arab Emirates’ largest publicly traded firm price greater than $200 billion, has been on a consolidation and acquisition drive.

This has led to 2 IHC subsidiaries rounding out the three largest firms on the Abu Dhabi Securities Change (ADX).

Requested about plans for Worldwide Know-how Holding (ITH), Chief Govt Syed Basar Shueb stated IHC will possible record 20% of it within the third quarter and is in talks with native companies about potential acquisitions by the group born out of IHC’s IT sector holdings.

ITH was anticipated to show over half a billion dirhams ($136 million) and have $1 billion in belongings by the second quarter, Shueb stated.

IHC is a part of a enterprise empire overseen by its chair, Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who can be the UAE’s nationwide safety adviser and has been a overseas coverage troubleshooter for his brother, President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

The agency, whose market worth is larger than firms corresponding to Shell, Disney and Nike, has been instrumental in boosting ADX’s measurement amid intensifying competitors with Saudi Arabia.

IHC, its subsidiary Alpha Dhabi, ADX’s second largest agency, and different IHC-linked firms have performed a number one position in a string of Abu Dhabi IPOs as cornerstone traders.

Pure Well being, beneath Alpha Dhabi, goals to lift greater than $1 billion in a first-quarter IPO delayed from this 12 months.

“It is going to be greater than $1 billion, however the measurement relies on how a lot we put out there. I do not assume we will go above 10%, in any other case we are going to pull all of the liquidity from market and this can have an effect on the opposite gamers,” Shueb stated.

Pure Well being has performed a significant position within the UAE screening for COVID-19. Its merger with state-owned Abu Dhabi Well being Companies (SEHA), which Shueb stated has nearly 24,000 workers, is taking longer than anticipated, delaying the IPO.

IHC, which accomplished 4 IPOs this 12 months and plans the same quantity in 2023, has but to nominate banks for the Pure Well being IPO, Shueb stated, including it’s contemplating a potential 2023 IPO of Worldwide Power Holding.


IHC, with pursuits from actual property to farming, stated its acquisition whole worth within the third quarter crossed 13.5 billion UAE dirhams, and it plans 70% extra globally over the subsequent 12 months.

Shueb stated it’s in talks with worldwide banks for long-term financing for deliberate purchases in 2023, including this is able to be equal to a sizeable proportion of IHC’s money place.

Some IHC companies may ultimately challenge their very own bonds, Shueb stated, with out giving additional particulars.

“We should create some debt on our stability sheet as properly in order that we will proceed investing.”

IHC is two potential investments in India every price greater than $2 billion, Shueb stated, after investing $2 billion in Adani Group firms in April.

It could announce as much as two worldwide acquisitions and purchase a UAE-listed hospitality agency earlier than the tip of 2022.

“We’re Colombia, and Asia – primarily Indonesia and India – these are the 2 main markets the place we function.”

This month, IHC’s bid to purchase a stake in Colombian meals producer Nutresa failed because it couldn’t safe the stake measurement it needed. Shueb stated IHC would proceed to search for alternatives in different Latin American international locations.

($1 = 3.6729 UAE dirham)

Reporting by Yousef Saba and Rachna Uppal;
Ediitng by Alexander Smith

Our Requirements: The Thomson Reuters Belief Rules.

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