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Al Ansari paid Dh312 million in dividends in 2021 and Dh276 million in 2020. Image Credit: Photo Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai: Al Ansari Financial Services plans to double its dividend for 2023 ahead of its upcoming initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The UAE-based money-exchange firm raised its target payout to a minimum of Dh600 million, according to an investor presentation seen by Bloomberg. It plans to pay equal installments in October and April 2024 and is planning a payout of at least 70 per cent of net profit after that, according to the document.

Al Ansari could list in Dubai as soon as the first quarter, Bloomberg reported in August. Preparations for the IPO are ongoing and details such as timing could still change. The Gulf region remains a bright spot for offerings with a strong pipeline of potential listings.

The company has drawn Dh300 million from Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank to pay a pre-IPO dividend, according to the presentation. As well as a Dh300 million payout last year, Al Ansari paid Dh1.076 billion as an extraordinary dividend.

Al Ansari expects its EBITDA margin to decrease slightly this year from 2022. In 2024, it expects the margin to be “meaningfully above 2022 levels,” according to the presentation. It paid Dh312 million in dividends in 2021 and Dh276 million in 2020.

A representative for Al Ansari declined to comment.

Al Ansari Exchange was set up almost 60 years ago and currently has over 230 branches in the UAE, making it one of the largest exchange companies in the country. In addition to exchange services, it offers remittances, services for paying domestic workers and savings plans, according to its website.

EFG-Hermes and Emirates NBD Bank are leading the initial public offering, Bloomberg has reported.