Dubai Taxi Company expands IPO share allocation amid high demand

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Dubai Taxi Company expands IPO share allocation amid high demand
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DUBAI - Following an overwhelming response from investors, Dubai Taxi Company (DTC) has upsized its initial public offering (IPO) by adding approximately twelve million shares to the UAE Retail Offer. Today, as the subscription period for qualified investors comes to a close, the company prepares to announce the final offer price on Thursday, with expectations to finalize its IPO and Admission by December 7, 2023.

The increase in the retail share allocation, from roughly 62.48 million to 74.97 million shares, signifies a revised figure of 12% of the total offered shares. This adjustment was made to accommodate the high demand from retail investors and maintain the total IPO size at over half a billion shares, representing just below 25% of DTC's issued capital stock.

DTC, which operates a fleet of around 7,000 vehicles and holds a market share of 44%, aims to raise up to Dh1.16 billion (approximately $315 million) through the IPO. The price range for the offering has been set at Dh1.80 to Dh1.85 per share, in alignment with Dubai's strategy to enhance its capital markets and promote private sector listings.

The IPO process is being managed by a consortium of financial institutions, with Rothschild & Co Middle East Limited acting as the Independent Financial Advisor. Citigroup is one of the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, alongside Merrill Lynch International, Emirates NBD Capital PSC, and EFG-Hermes UAE Limited, with additional collaboration from EFG Hermes UAE LLC. Emirates NBD Bank PJSC serves as the Lead Receiving Bank, and the IPO's compliance with Shariah standards has been confirmed by the bank's Internal Sharia Supervision Committee.

The Securities and Exchange Authority (SCA) has approved the expanded offering, which now values the Retail Tranche between AED135-139 million (USD1 = AED3.6724), or about 12% of the Offer Shares. This strategic move is part of a broader effort to diversify investment opportunities and strengthen the financial infrastructure in Dubai, offering a robust platform for both retail and qualified investors.

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