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ADX's Growth Market currently lists 13 companies and has a market cap of Dh62 billion. Image Credit: Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Dubai: Abu Dhabi’s ‘Second Market’ – the platform that connects investors with private-ly owned businesses – will now be known as the ‘Growth Market’.

The rebranding will thus offer a ‘better representation’ of the type of companies either already listed in the platform or planning to do so, said ADX in a statement. The Growth Market will continue to target startups, family-owned businesses and early-stage growth companies make their transition into listed entities.

The Growth Market, with a market cap of Dh62 billion, returned a ‘robust performance’ last year. The value of shares traded exceeded Dh16 billion, while the total number of companies listed on the market increased to 13.

Marked for growth
The Growth Market presents a pathway for companies that want to directly list shares on the exchange, without the need for an initial public offering (IPO). This platform is ‘designed to help them fuel their growth while gaining invaluable experience of having their shares being publicly traded along with the wider associated benefits such as access to capital and funding, enhanced governance and increased liquidity for shareholders,” ADX said in a statement.

“The Growth Market encapsulates our continued ability to meet both issuer and investor needs while also adding scale to our offering and growing exchange,” said Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. “By paving the way for companies to begin their capital markets journey, in a streamlined and less onerous manner, we open up numerous growth avenues for them to explore including facilitating a potential IPO on the Main Market in the future.”

“The Growth Market is an integral part of the ecosystem that Abu Dhabi is building to nurture business, from start-ups through to maturity,” said Hisham Khalid Malak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

The name change follows the unveiling of a new brand and logo for the exchange last year. The exchange marked the launch of the Growth Market with a bell ringing ceremony held at its headquarters.

The Growth Market will provide confidence to owners of companies and investors that there is a clear and straightforward pathway for companies to begin their capital markets journey in Abu Dhabi

- Hisham Khalid Malak, Chairman of ADX
The relaunch of the Growth Market is part of the ‘ADX One’ strategy to enhance liquidity and increase the exchange’s market capitalization over the next three years.

Launched last year, the ADX One strategy features 22 ‘strategic projects’ to encourage the listings pipeline, and introduce new products and services that meet the requirements of issuers and global investors.
The exchange also offers companies post-listing assistance, including access to AGM management, dividend distribution, and corporate communication support.

To be eligible for inclusion in the Growth Market, companies must convert to a private joint company, have at least two years of incorporation, and records of audited financial statements, and list at least 5 per cent of their share capital.

The market cap of the Abu Dhabi Securities Market General Index has more than doubled since 2021 to over Dh1.8 trillion.