Dubai logistics firm Tristar drops IPO plans -sources

The Dubai firm began its public share sale on April 4

  
Clocks showing the time in different cities of the world are pictured at the stock market, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 5, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose

Clocks showing the time in different cities of the world are pictured at the stock market, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 5, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose

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DUBAI- Logistics firm Tristar has dropped plans for an initial public offering (IPO) in Dubai, with sources saying the deal did not attract enough investor demand.

The move, which confirms what the sources had earlier told Reuters, is a setback for Dubai's bourse, the Dubai Financial Market, which has not seen a big ticket listing since 2017.

The company said "its board and existing shareholders have decided to withdraw its planned initial public offering on the Dubai Financial Market as existing shareholders' expectations were not met".

"The board and existing shareholders believe that greater returns can be realised executing Tristar’s current growth strategy under the established shareholder structure," it said.

Tristar began its public share sale on April 4, setting a price range that implied a market capitalisation of 2.64-3.24 billion dirhams ($719-$882 million).

The company saw weak demand for its shares, said two sources familiar with the matter. The offering was planned to close on April 15.

Part-owned by Kuwaiti logistics firm Agility, Tristar had previously intended to list in London, but plans were scrapped after turmoil at London-listed healthcare firm NMC shook investor confidence in Gulf companies.

Tristar said earlier this month it expected to raise between 438 million and 537 million dirhams as part of its primary offering, and another 90 to 240 million from a secondary offering.

BofA Securities and Citigroup were global coordinators and joint bookrunners on the deal.

(Reporting by Davide Barbuscia, Hadeel Al Sayegh and Saeed Azhar. Editing by Jason Neely and Mark Potter) ((Hadeel.AlSayegh@thomsonreuters.com; +971566883310;))

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