ADNOC to Acquire OCI’s Stake in Fertiglobe
ADNOC and OCI enter into a binding agreement for ADNOC to purchase OCI’s entire stake in Fertiglobe for $3.62 billion, with the transaction expected to complete in 2024
Agreement will make ADNOC the majority shareholder in Fertiglobe, increasing its shareholding to 86.2%, with 13.8% remaining in free float on ADX
Transaction supports ADNOC’s ambitious chemicals growth strategy and its plans to establish a global growth platform for ammonia; will enable Fertiglobe to accelerate the pursuit of new market and product opportunities
Additionally, ADNOC and OCI to explore opportunities to cooperate on projects in the US, on ammonia imports into Europe and broader development of the low-carbon ammonia market
Abu Dhabi, UAE | Amsterdam, Netherlands – December 15, 2023: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company P.J.S.C. (“ADNOC”) and OCI Global (Euronext: OCI) (“OCI”), today announced that they have entered into a sale and purchase agreement (the “SPA” or the “Agreement”) for the acquisition by ADNOC of OCI’s entire majority shareholding in Fertiglobe plc (ADX: FERTIGLB) (“Fertiglobe"). Fertiglobe is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (“ADX”) and is the world’s largest seaborne exporter of urea and ammonia combined, the largest nitrogen fertilizer producer in the Middle East & North Africa, and an early mover in sustainable ammonia, with production facilities in Egypt, Algeria and the UAE.
The transaction, which will see ADNOC become majority shareholder in Fertiglobe, supports the Company’s ambitious chemicals strategy and its plans to establish a global growth platform for ammonia, a key lower carbon fuel and hydrogen carrier that is expected to play an important role in the energy transition.
For Fertiglobe, this transaction supports the company’s future growth plans, enabling it to accelerate the pursuit of new market and product opportunities, and expand its focus on clean ammonia as an emerging fuel and hydrogen carrier.
Under the terms of the Agreement, ADNOC will purchase OCI’s 50% + 1 share stake in Fertiglobe at a price of AED 3.20 per share, representing a total purchase price of AED 13.28 billion ($3.62 billion). The SPA also incorporates an earn-out mechanism for FY2024 and FY2025, linked to commodity pricing and the free cash flow performance of the Fertiglobe business during the relevant period. Following the completion of the transaction, ADNOC’s shareholding in Fertiglobe will increase to 86.2% while the free float traded on ADX will remain at 13.8%.
Khaled Salmeen, Executive Director, Downstream, Marketing & Trading Directorate at ADNOC, said: “Working in close partnership with OCI since 2018, we have successfully listed and grown Fertiglobe into the world’s largest seaborne exporter of ammonia and urea fertilizers. Today’s agreement reinforces ADNOC’s long-term commitment to Fertiglobe and our continued focus on delivering growth and maximizing value for the company’s shareholders. This important transaction supports ADNOC’s ambitious chemicals growth strategy and accelerates our plan to establish a global growth platform for ammonia and clean ammonia.”
Building on ADNOC and OCI’s strong and long-standing strategic partnership, the two companies have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to explore potential cooperation on future growth opportunities for ammonia imports into Europe and product distribution. Both partners have deep knowledge and understanding of the role that ammonia has to play in global decarbonization and energy transition, and the MoU provides a robust framework to leverage each Company’s strengths in pursuing opportunities in the energy transition and decarbonization areas.
Nassef Sawiris, Vice Chairman of Fertiglobe and Executive Chairman of OCI Global, commented: “Today marks a pivotal juncture in Fertiglobe’s journey with ADNOC, which began in 2018. Within the ADNOC Group, I am confident that Fertiglobe has found its optimal long-term home, and that with ADNOC’s continued support and guidance, significant value creation and exciting growth opportunities lie ahead. OCI looks forward to continued collaboration with ADNOC which will focus on value accretive growth projects outside the Middle East.”
The transaction is expected to close in 2024, subject to the completion of all necessary legal and regulatory conditions, including anti-trust approvals.
ADNOC, OCI and Fertiglobe will provide further material updates as and when appropriate.
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