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Emaar’s Board Approves Phased Conversion of Bonds to Shares

Emaar’s Board Approves Phased Conversion of Bonds to Shares

The conversion of all the bonds is estimated to lead to the creation of around 420 million shares.

Emaar Properties PJSC’s board approved a plan to convert bonds into stock in stages, with the first batch leading to the creation of 18.7 million shares. The stock rose as much as 1.8 per cent.

The developer approved the issuance of new shares to note holders who requested it and will “approve all similar conversion requests that may be received by the company in the future,” Emaar said in a statement today.

Investors who bought Emaar’s convertible bonds in the midst of Dubai’s real estate crisis three years ago stand to generate returns of more than 70 per cent upon conversion. Emaar, which built the world’s tallest tower, almost doubled in Dubai trading this year as the retail, tourism and housing markets rebounded.

“Local investors in particular will be relieved that there will not be a forced conversion for the whole lump,” said Julian Bruce, head of institutional trading at EFG-Hermes UAE Ltd. in Dubai. “This sort of drip-feed supply should be easily absorbed by the consistent buying interest we have seen of late.”

The $500 million bond due in 2015 would be exchanged at a price of Dhs4.38. The conversion of all the bonds would lead to the creation of around 420 million shares, representing a six per cent to eight per cent dilution of existing holders, Taher Safieddine, an equity analyst at Shuaa Capital PSC, estimated earlier this week.

Emaar was up 1.3 per cent to Dhs7.18 at 10:37 a.m. in Dubai, bringing this year’s gain to 91 per cent.

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