Dubai's TECOM Group says raises 1.7 billion dirhams via its IPO

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DUBAI, June 27 (Reuters) - Dubai business park operator TECOM Group said on Monday it had raised 1.7 billion dirhams ($463 million) from investors via its initial public offering.

The company, which is owned by the investment vehicle of Dubai's ruler, announced its plan on June 8 to sell a 12.5% stake by offering 625 million ordinary shares in its IPO.

TECOM set the final offering price at 2.67 dirhams a share, it said. The shares are expected to list on or around July 5.

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"As a result of the extremely strong demand, the final offer price was set at the top of the price range and the company has raised 1.7 billion dirhams through the IPO," the company said.

Institutional and retail tranches were both heavily oversubscribed, with total gross demand exceeding 35 billion dirhams, it said.

Reuters reported in November that Dubai Holding, the investment vehicle of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, was considering an IPO of TECOM Group.

Dubai's deputy ruler, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed, in November announced plans to take 10 government-linked companies public to boost stock market activity.

Gulf issuers have raised $11.3 billion from IPOs so far this year, Refinitiv data shows, exceeding European flotations even as global markets remain volatile in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine.

($1 = 3.6727 UAE dirham)

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Reporting by Hadeel Al Sayegh; Editing by Edmund Blair

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