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After Dubai’s road-toll operator Salik announced last week that it will sell 1.5 billion shares, here's what UAE residents need to know. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Dubai: With the government-owned road-toll operator Salik now offloading 1.867 billion shares, or 24.9 per cent of the company's valuation via an initial public offering (IPO), new investors can continue subscribing to more shares at Dh2 per share.


The subscription period will be open from September 13 until September 20 for individual subscribers and eligible Salik employees, and until September 21, for professional or institutional investors.

Salik, which was earlier expected to finalise a per-share offer price on September 22, a week before the shares are expected to be traded on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), said on Tuesday that it decided to announce the final offer price, instead of a price range, at the start of the subscription period on September 13.

Final IPO offer price fixed at Dh2 per share

Salik, which was converted into a public joint stock company in June, will be the third state-owned company to float its shares to the public this year. The other two that have already had their IPOs are power and water utilities company DEWA and business park operator TECOM Group.

On Tuesday, Salik said it agreed on a final per-share price of Dh2, which implies a total valuation of Dubai’s exclusive toll gate operator at Dh15 billion and an IPO of Dh3 billion ($817 million). In comparison, TECOM raised $463 million (Dh1.70 billion) while DEWA amassed more than $6 billion (Dh22 billion) at their respective IPOs.

By investing and becoming a shareholder, investors will reap the benefit of payouts in the form of dividends. The company, which will pay out dividends in April and October each year, will allocate all of its profits for shareholder payout.

Investors can subscribe to Salik's IPO, which is expected to be oversubscribed multiple times.

How can investors subscribe to or buy Salik shares?

Each person looking to subscribe to or purchase shares in Salik needs to submit one subscription application each, through his or her bank or brokerage, in his or her personal name (unless he or she is acting as a representative for another subscriber).

Investors can subscribe to Salik's IPO, which is expected to be oversubscribed multiple times, through Emirates NBD, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Ajman Bank, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates Islamic Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Mashreq Bank, MBank and Sharjah Islamic Bank.

Subscribers or potential investors must ensure to have an updated NIN and complete all relevant fields in the subscription application along with all the required documents and submit it to the bank, together with the subscription amount expected to be made during the offer period.

You can instantly apply for Investor Number or you can submit the form and required documents via DFM eServices on their website (www.dfm.ae). Here’s a step-by-step guide.

• Register to DFM eServices at DFM website or DFM Smart Services mobile application
• Login with the username and password
• Select the eFORMS tab
• Select the form and complete it
• Attach the required documents and click on ‘Submit’
• The investor will receive the Investor Number through SMS
• You will be notified by email once the status of the request is updated

(UAE nationals and residents need a valid copy of Emirates National ID, while non-residents need a valid copy of the passport.)

After obtaining an Investor Number (NIN) from Dubai CSD, appoint a licensed broker by opening a trading account and complete the necessary forms. The broker carries out the trading transactions (selling and buying) at your instructions.

Different brokers may offer different services and products to their clients. To select a brokerage firm, view the full list of licensed brokerage firms on the DFM website, including common members across DFM and Nasdaq Dubai and their services. You can contact the brokers to inquire about the products and services they offer to investors.

The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) makes its website www.dfm.ae and its mobile application available to those with a National Investor Number (‘NIN’) and holding a valid iVESTOR card (which you can apply for on DFM when opening a trading account). This is also possible through online banking via UAE Central Bank payment gateway or through UAE Central Bank Fund Transfer (‘FTS’).

The investor choosing the FTS method will be required to provide their valid NIN, along with the value of the offer shares subscribed for, with the dates relevant to the methods of payment of the subscription amounts.

What to keep in mind when buying shares in Salik IPO?

What is the minimum investment for a new Salik IPO investor?

While the minimum subscription size for individual investors and Salik employees has been set at Dh5,000, any additional investments can be made in lots of at least Dh1,000. When it comes to institutional investors, the base subscription has been set at Dh1 million. There is no maximum limit, and each subscriber will be allocated a guranteed minimum of 1,000 shares.

Starting today, potential investors can subscribe to or buy shares, but before that, those looking to book shares can send in their subscription forms via their respective banks and express their interest in buying shares.

Beyond September 20, individual investors and Salik employees cannot subscribe to or buy any more shares before trading commences. Similarly, after September 21, professional investors or institutions cannot subscribe to or buy any more shares, a day after which their investments will be allocated.

If you are an individual investor or Salik employee subscribing to Salik shares, you will get an SMS notification of the final and official allocations on September 26.

On the day before the date of the IPO, those involved need to decide on the offer price (i.e., the price at which the shares will be sold by the issuing company) and the precise number of shares to be sold. This happens during the 'subscription' period.

'Subscription' or a share that is 'subscribed' are terms used to describe newly issued shares that an investor agrees to purchase before the official listing date. Subscriptions are common during IPOs and subsequent offerings. Institutional or accredited investors are most often those eligible to subscribe to a new issue.

IPOs are often under-priced to ensure that the issue is fully subscribed or over-subscribed by the public investors, even if it results in the company not receiving the full value of its shares.

If an IPO is under-priced, the investors of the IPO expect a rise in the price of the shares on the offer day. It increases the demand for the issue. Furthermore, under-pricing compensates investors for the risk that they take by investing in the IPO.

An offer that is over-subscribed two to three times is widely considered among analysts to be a 'good IPO'.
If you were wondering how you can increase your chances of an allotment in Salik's IPO, here’s what you should know.

What to keep in mind when buying shares in any IPO?

If you were wondering how you can increase your chances of an allotment in an IPO, here’s what you should know. All IPOs are most often available only for the first few days of the bidding process.

If you are planning to bid, bid within the first few days, if possible one day of its availability. Bidding early as possible increases your chances of allotment.

Most often there will be more demand than supply for a new IPO. For this reason, there is no guarantee that all investors interested in an IPO will be able to purchase shares.

Those interested in participating in an IPO may be able to do so through their brokerage firm, although access to an IPO can sometimes be limited to a firm’s larger clients.

Generally speaking, IPOs are popular among investors because they tend to produce volatile price movements on the day of the IPO and shortly thereafter. This can often produce large gains.

Ultimately, investors should judge each IPO according to the prospectus of the company going public, as well as their financial circumstances and risk tolerance.