Dubai: Spinneys kicks off IPO to raise Dh1.375 billion

Trading on DFM is expected to take place on Thursday, May 9, 2024


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Published: Tue 23 Apr 2024, 9:37 AM

Last updated: Tue 23 Apr 2024, 5:58 PM

The offer price for the initial public offering of Spinneys’ franchisee in the UAE and Oman has been set between Dh1.42 and Dh1.53 per share as the subscription opened on Tuesday.

The supermarket chain, which operates 75 premium grocery retail supermarkets under the ‘Spinneys’, ‘Waitrose’ and ‘Al Fair’ brands in the UAE and Oman, seeks to raise as much as Dh1.375 billion from the sale of 900 million shares or 25 per cent stake. It also plans to expand into Saudi Arabia this year and open stores in Riyadh and Jeddah.

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The IPO subscription period is expected to close on Monday, April 29, 2024 for UAE retail investors and on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 for professional investors.

The company said the final offer price will be determined through a book building process and is expected to be announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Admission of shares to trading on DFM is expected to take place on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

The price range implies that the retail operator’s market capitalisation at time of listing is between Dh 5.11 billion and Dh5.51 billion.

A total of 900 million shares, each with a nominal value of Dh0.01 will be made available in the offering. All shares to be offered are existing shares held by the selling shareholder, Al Seer Group, who reserves the right to amend the size of the offering at any time prior to the end of the subscription period at its sole discretion, subject to applicable laws and the approval of the SCA, a statement from Spinneys said.

On Tuesday, Spinneys and the selling shareholder entered into cornerstone investor agreements with Emirates International Investment Company (EIIC), Templeton Asset Management and Franklin Templeton Investments as investment managers on behalf of certain funds and accounts, will be cornerstone investors in the IPO with a total commitment of Dh 275 million, the statement said.

EIIC is the strategic investment vehicle of National Holding, an Abu Dhabi-based group with strategic investments across leading sectors in the UAE and Mena region.

“We have seen very strong interest in our IPO since announcing our intention to float, and we are delighted to be opening subscriptions to investors in the UAE and international markets. We believe this is a truly unique offering, a rare private sector listing for the local market and an opportunity for investors to participate in the story of a much-loved household name that is committed to fresh products and high standards of customer service,” said Sunil Kumar, CEO of Spinneys.

Kumar said Spinneys business offers continued growth with a strong track record built on the expansion of its store network, increasing online penetration, differentiated private label offering, and a vertically integrated supply chain - combining to deliver strong profitability.

“Our future growth is expected to be further supported by our planned entry into the highly attractive Saudi market, as well as the introduction of new formats and the expansion of our ecommerce business. We look forward to announcing the final offer price next week and, in due course, welcoming new shareholders to be a part of our growth story,” said Kumar.

Rothschild & Co Middle East Limited has been appointed as independent financial adviser. Emirates NBD Capital has been appointed as listing adviser. Emirates NBD Capital, Merrill Lynch International and HSBC Bank Middle East Limited have been appointed as joint global coordinators and joint book-runners.

Spinneys commanded a 27 per cent share of its target market in Dubai and 12 per cent share of its Dh23 billion target market in the UAE in 2022.

Revenue in 2023 grew to Dh2.87 billion at a CAGR of 8.2 per cent from 2019, driven by increasing online penetration, increasing private label penetration, successful navigation of inflation through strategic pricing, and an expanding store footprint in the UAE.


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