ADNOC looks to raise up to $2 B from IPO of gas unit

State oil giant Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) said it has set a price range for an initial public offering (IPO) of its gas unit that could raise up to $2 B and give ADNOC Gas an equity valuation of $47 B-$50.8 B.

The price range for the unit it created in November by combining its gas processing arm and its liquefied natural gas subsidiary was set at 2.25 dirhams ($0.6126) to 2.43 dirhams per share, the company said in a statement.

Cornerstone investors Abu Dhabi Pension Fund, Alpha Wave Ventures II, IHC Capital Holding, OneIM Fund I, and entities ultimately controlled by ADQ and the Emirates Investment Authority have made a combined commitment of around $850 MM, it added.

ADNOC is selling roughly 3 B shares in its gas business, equivalent to about 4% of its issued share capital.

At the top of the range, ADNOC would raise roughly $2 B from the sale, according to Reuters calculations.

ADNOC Gas' IPO was covered within hours of the company opening its books, a sign that demand from equity investors for Gulf listings remains healthy.

The final offer price is expected to be announced on March 3, while listing and trading is expected to commence on March 13, the company said.

ADNOC is sharpening its focus on the gas market as Europe seeks to replace all Russian energy imports as early as mid-2024 after gradual supply cuts since Western sanctions were imposed on the country over its invasion of Ukraine.

Companies from the Middle East raised some $21.9 billion through IPOs in 2022, more than half the total for the wider EMEA region, which also includes Europe and Africa, according to Dealogic data.

Over the past two years, ADNOC has listed petrochemicals company Borouge, fertilizers and clean ammonia products maker Fertiglobe, and ADNOC Drilling . It also plans to float its logistics and services unit. 

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