April 15, 2019 / 2:03 PM / 3 days ago

UAE's Brooge Petroleum to list on Nasdaq after merger

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates’ Brooge Petroleum and Gas Investment Co (BPGIC) said it would list on the Nasdaq stock exchange after merging with U.S.-based firm Twelve Seas Investment Co.

The $1 billion deal is expected to be finalised before July 1, Brooge said in a statement.

The move is part of the UAE-based oil storage company’s expansion strategy. BPGIC, which was set up in 2013, is one of the largest holders of storage assets in Fujairah.

The company originally planned to float 40 percent of its capital on the London Stock Exchange last year and had engaged HSBC and First Abu Dhabi Bank as advisers to work on the public share sale, but the plan has now been shelved, sources familiar with the move told Reuters.

BPGIC completed the first phase of 400,000 cubic meters of storage across 14 tanks for middle distillates and fuel oil in October and began operations in January 2018.

The company is working on the second phase of its storage terminal, which will add 600,000 cubic metres of capacity for crude oil across eight tanks, it said in a statement on Sunday at an event to launch the expansion of its storage facilities.

Reporting by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Dale Hudson

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