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ADQ reveals plans to take Abu Dhabi Ports Company public

ADQ reveals plans to take Abu Dhabi Ports Company public

Abu Dhabi sovereign fund ADQ has revealed plans to take Abu Dhabi Ports Company public. Shares in the government-owned port operator will be listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). According to a release on Tuesday, the listing will comprise a sale of a portion of existing shares to investors in the UAE. Abu

Abu Dhabi sovereign fund ADQ has revealed plans to take Abu Dhabi Ports Company public.

Shares in the government-owned port operator will be listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). According to a release on Tuesday, the listing will comprise a sale of a portion of existing shares to investors in the UAE.

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Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi (pictured below), chief executive officer, ADQ, said: “As part of ADQ’s portfolio since its inception in 2018, Abu Dhabi Ports has successfully consolidated and integrated ports, industrial cities and free zones, logistics, maritime and digital entities while increasing volumes and revenues.

“With a strong leadership team in place, we are confident Abu Dhabi Ports is well-positioned to continue progressing on its strategy towards becoming a global trade and commercial hub.”

The move comes a year after neighboring Dubai took DP World private, one of several delistings from the local bourse.

Abu Dhabi Ports’ portfolio comprises 11 ports and terminals, and more than 550 square kilometres of industrial zones within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones.

Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports is estimated to contribute 13.6 percent of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil economic growth, according to the company’s website.

For the year ended December 31 2020, Abu Dhabi Ports reported revenues of AED3.4 billion, a growth of AED 0.7bn (24 percent) compared to 2019, despite the Covid-19 impact.

The company had said in April that it planed to sell more debt to support investment after a debut $1 billion bond. Volume handled by the port has largely returned to levels seen before the pandemic, its chief strategy office had said at the time.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi (pictured below), group CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports, added: “We are committed to driving innovation and development across the global maritime and logistics industries to support the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Over the past year, we have delivered on our long-term strategy focused on driving global trade through an integrated portfolio of world-class ports, industrial zones and logistics supply chains.”

The proposed listing is expected to happen before the end of 2021, subject to market conditions and obtaining relevant regulatory approvals.

There have been 14 listings already on ADX in 2021, with state energy company, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (Adnoc) announcing on Monday that it will go forward with an initial public offering of its drilling business and its shares will be listed for trading on the exchange.

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