ADNOC Raises USD 1.64 Billion Through Successful Combined Offering of ADNOC Distribution Shares and Issuance of Exchangeable Bonds Attracting Foreign Direct Investment into the UAE
Innovative share and exchangeable bond structure maximizes value to ADNOC and fulfils commitment at time of IPO to increase the free float of ADNOC Distribution
Combined offering attracted new institutional investors and Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) into the UAE
Success of combined offering, the first of its kind in the GCC, reinforces the attractive investment opportunities and environment provided by ADNOC, Abu Dhabi and the UAE
Abu Dhabi, UAE – May 26, 2021: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (“ADNOC”), announced today the successful closing of its offering of approximately 375 million shares in ADNOC Distribution (the “Share Offering”), representing approximately 3% of the registered share capital of ADNOC Distribution. It also issued approximately USD 1.195 billion of senior unsecured bonds (the “Exchangeable Bonds”) due 2024 that are exchangeable into existing shares of ADNOC Distribution constituting approximately 7% of the registered share capital of ADNOC Distribution (ISIN: AEA006101017) (ADX Symbol: ADNOCDIST) under certain conditions (the “Exchangeable Bond Offering” and, together with the Share Offering, the “Combined Offering”). In total, the Combined Offering resulted in proceeds of USD 1.64 billion for ADNOC.
Following a successful bookbuilding process, the Combined Offering was placed at a blended price of AED 4.82 per share, which is 5.7% above the current 3-month volume weighted average share price and less than 1% below today’s closing price of AED 4.85. The Combined Offering was covered in less than one hour, and saw significant demand from regional and international investors.
The Exchangeable Bonds, with a maturity date of 2024 (except in the case of early redemption), are denominated in US Dollars (USD) and bear a coupon of 0.70%. The Exchangeable Bonds are issued at an issue price of 100% and will be exchangeable into existing shares of ADNOC Distribution at an exchange price of AED 5.01 (USD 1.37) under certain conditions.
The innovative deal structure has the potential to increase the free float of ADNOC Distribution to 30% assuming the Exchangeable Bonds are exchanged and settled in shares, bringing greater liquidity to ADNOC Distribution shares and diversifying the shareholder base, while the blended price of the Share Offering and the Exchangeable Bond Offering improves the overall value of the sell down to ADNOC Group, and the UAE. Following the transaction, ADNOC will retain at least a 70% strategic stake in the company as it continues to see significant growth potential in ADNOC Distribution.
H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNOC, said: "The success of this innovative and pioneering Combined Offering, the first of its kind in the GCC, once again highlights the attractive investment opportunities and environment provided by ADNOC and, more broadly, Abu Dhabi and the UAE. We were delighted to see exceptionally strong demand and a number of new world-class institutional investors participate in both the Share Offering and Exchangeable Bond Offering, reinforcing the attractiveness of ADNOC Distribution and bringing new FDI into the UAE. This transaction further increases the free float in ADNOC Distribution, in line with commitments we made at the time of the company’s IPO in December 2017. We remain confident in and committed to the company’s future success.”
Since its IPO, ADNOC Distribution has delivered sound business results and demonstrated to customers and investors its resilience and steadfast focus on safe, smart growth and a progressive dividend policy.
The underlying exchange property of the Exchangeable Bonds will be subject to customary adjustments upon the occurrence of certain corporate events pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Exchangeable Bonds.
Settlement of the Share Offering is expected to occur on or about May 31, 2021, and settlement of the Exchangeable Bond Offering is expected to occur on or about June 4, 2021. ADNOC has agreed to a lock-up period of 90 calendar days from the settlement date under the terms of both the Share Offering and Exchangeable Bond Offering. An application is expected to be made for admission of the Exchangeable Bonds to listing on the Vienna MTF, an exchange-regulated market operated by the Vienna Stock Exchange.
Citigroup Global Markets Limited and First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC acted as the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners for the Share Offering. Citigroup Global Markets Limited acted as the Global Coordinator and Bookrunner, with Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC and First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC acting as Co-Bookrunners, for the Exchangeable Bond Offering (collectively, the “Banks”).
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No PRIIPs/UK PRIIPs key information document (“KID”) has been prepared as not available to retail in EEA or in the UK. In connection with the Offerings, the Banks or any of their respective affiliates acting as an investor for their own account may take up as a proprietary position any securities mentioned in this announcement and in that capacity may retain, purchase or sell for their own account such securities. In addition, they may enter into financing arrangements and swaps with investors in connection with which they may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of such securities. They do not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.
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Each prospective investor should proceed on the assumption that it must bear the economic risk of an investment in the securities being offered pursuant to the Offerings. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning either of the Offerings. The price and value of securities and any income from them can go down as well as up and, in the worst case, you could lose your entire investment. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Information in this announcement cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. There is no guarantee that either of the Offerings will happen and potential investors should not base their financial or investment decisions on the intentions of ADNOC and/or ADNOC Distribution or any other person in relation to either Offering at this stage. None of ADNOC, ADNOC Distribution and/or the Banks makes any representation as to the suitability of the Share Offering or the Exchangeable Bond Offering, as applicable, for the person(s) concerned and potential investors should consult a professional adviser as to the suitability of the applicable Offering for the person(s) concerned.
The Banks are acting exclusively for ADNOC and no one else in connection with the Offerings. They will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to either of the Offerings and will not be responsible to anyone other than ADNOC for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in relation to either of the Offerings, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
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