Energy, Oil & Gas

Oman's OQ Gas Networks $771m IPO opens next week

Oman's OQ Gas Networks (OQGN), the pipeline business of state oil company OQ, aims to raise up to OMR297 million ($771 million) from its initial public offering (IPO) that will open for subscription next week.
 
OQGN on Monday announced the price range and details of the subscription period for its proposed IPO on the MSX. 
 
OQ is selling about 2 billion shares, representing a 49 per cent stake in OQGN. OQGN has set the price range for the IPO at 131 baisas to 140 baisas per share, which would give the company a valuation of up to OMR606 million ($1.57 billion), according to a statement on the Capital Market Authority's website.
 
The company has received irrevocable commitments three anchor investors. They are: the Saudi Omani Investment Company, a wholly owned entity of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia; Falcon Investments, a subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar; and Fluxys International SA/NV. The anchor investors have, in aggregate, irrevocably committed OMR89,124,240 ($231,493,529) to the IPO representing a purchase price of Bzs140 per share, subject to the terms contained in their respective anchor investment agreements, said a statement.
 
The IPO is set to open for subscription on September 26 and will close for Category I Institutional (Non-Individuals) on October 9 and for Category II Retail on October 5. The IPO is expected to be listed for trading on MSX on October 24, 2023. 
 
The IPO prospectus has been approved by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) of Oman, which regulates and develops Oman's financial markets for the capital market and insurance sectors. 
 
The offering will be conducted in the manner as approved by the CMA and will be offered in a parallel offering as follows: 
-- The selling shareholders intend to offer up to 49% of OQGN’s total share capital. Immediately following the offering, a minimum of 51% shareholding will continue to be held by OQ. The company and the selling shareholders reserve the right to amend the size of the offering at any time prior to the end of the subscription period in their sole discretion, subject to applicable laws and the approval of the CMA. 
 
-- All the shares being sold by the selling shareholders are existing ordinary shares and the company will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares in the offering, all of which will be paid to the selling shareholders. The offering expenses will be paid by the selling shareholders. 
 
• Category I Offer: 848,802,288 offer shares have been allocated for Category I applicants, as follows: (a) 20 per cent of the offer shares (equivalent to 50 per cent of the Category I offer shares i.e., 424,401,144 shares) shall be reserved for subscription by local applicants. The allocation of offer shares to local applicants shall be made on a proportionate basis. Applicants for offer shares in the Category I Offer for can apply for a minimum of 100,000 offer shares and in multiples of 100 thereafter. 
(b) 20 per cent of the offer shares (equivalent to 50 per cent of the Category I Offer shares i.e., 424,401,144 shares) shall be available for subscription by non-local applicants. Allocation of offer shares to non-local applicants shall be determined by the selling shareholders in consultation with the joint global coordinators.
 
• Anchor investors: 636,601,716 offer shares have been allocated for anchor investors, being 30 per cent of the offer. In this respect, the company has received irrevocable commitments from the Saudi Omani Investment Company, a wholly owned entity of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia; Falcon Investments, a subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar; and Fluxys International SA/NV. The anchor investors have, in aggregate, irrevocably committed OMR89,124,240 to the IPO representing a purchase price of Bzs140 per share, subject to the terms contained in their respective anchor investment agreements.
 
• Category II Offer: 636,601,716 offer shares have been allocated for Category II, being 30 per cent of the offer (allocation to Category II applicants to be made on a proportionate basis). If the aggregate demand in Category II is greater than 30% of the offer shares, the CMA may decide that a minimum number of Category II offer shares be distributed equally among Category II applicants, and the remaining Category II offer shares shall be allocated on a pro-rata basis. Applicants for shares in the Category II offer can apply for a minimum of 1,000 shares and in multiples of 100 thereafter. If the aggregate demand in Category II is less than or equal to 30 per cent of the offer, then after full allocation to the Category II applicants, the balance of the shares will be made available to the Category I applicants in the respective proportion outlined above for allocation at the offer price, if there is oversubscription in Category I.
 
The completion of the offering and admission is subject to market conditions and obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals, the statement said.
 
Bank Muscat, BofA Securities and EFG-Hermes UAE Limited (acting in conjunction with EFG Hermes UAE) have been appointed as joint global coordinators, and Bank Muscat has been appointed as issue manager. 
 
Talal Al Awfi, OQ Group Chief Executive Officer and OQGN Chairman, said: “We are immensely proud of this milestone and look forward to the launch of the IPO subscription period. OQGN has a compelling story, a track record of consistent delivery and is now taking a significant step forward to its next phase of growth."
 
Mansoor Al Abdali, Managing Director of OQGN, said: “We are confident in our position as the exclusive operator of gas transportation network in Oman and in our ability to provide critical infrastructure for both our domestic and international partners. Since announcing our intention to float on the MSX, we are pleased to see our strong position and performance reflected by significant interest from investors including our three, globally renowned, anchor investors. We believe that OQGN represents an attractive investment proposition, and we are excited for what is to come.”
 
Muteb Al Shathri, Acting CEO of the Saudi Omani Investment Company, said: "The company’s high cash flow visibility, underpinned by a robust regulatory environment and experienced leadership team were critical in determining our investment in OQGN. We are pleased to underline our commitment to the investment by securing an anchor position in the forthcoming IPO. We have confidence in OQGN’s development and trajectory, as well as in Oman as an attractive investment destination and are excited to be part of the largest IPO to date on the Muscat Stock Exchange. This investment underscores our commitment and our long-term investment strategy for Oman."
 
Mansoor Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud, CEO, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), said: “We are proud to partner with OQGN in its IPO and recognise the critical role OQGN plays in connecting gas producers and customers as part of Oman’s broader infrastructure network. QIA recognizes OQGN’s strong growth potential through further network expansion and adaptation to renewable energy sources." 
 
Pascal De Buck, Chief Executive Officer, Fluxys, said: “This investment aligns perfectly with our strategy to develop low carbon energy value chains through partnerships. As Oman will become a leading export hub for renewable hydrogen, it’s a unique opportunity for Fluxys to play a key role in accelerating the energy transition and bringing renewable hydrogen to Belgium and Europe.”  -TradeArabia News Service