Sembcorp joint venture to launch Oman IPO on Aug 28

DUBAI Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:44am EDT

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DUBAI Aug 21 (Reuters) - Sembcorp Salalah Power and Water Co, in which a unit of Singapore's Sembcorp Industries has a 60 percent stake, plans to raise $138 million by offering 35 percent of its share capital on the Muscat bourse, the company said.

The $1 billion power plant will offer 33.4 million existing ordinary shares at a price of 1.59 rials per share in an initial public offering to be launched on August 28, Sembcorp Salalah said in a statement on Wednesday. This would be worth 53 million rials ($137.66 million), it said.

Sembcorp Utilities, a unit of Sembcorp Industries, has a 60 percent stake in the Sembcorp Salalah Power and Water Company. Oman Investment Corp owns 35 percent and Instrata Capital 5 percent in the joint venture. The statement did not disclose what amount of shares the existing shareholders were each selling in the IPO.

The Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant consists of a gas-fired combined cycle power plant with a gross capacity of 490 megawatts and a seawater desalination plant with a total water production capacity of 69,000 cubic metres per day, according to its website.

After the IPO, the company will have a market value of 152 million rials, the statement said.

The offer runs until Sept 26 and the stock is expected to begin trading on the Muscat bourse on October 10. HSBC Holdings' Middle Eastern arm is the sole global coordinator and bookrunner for the issue.

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