Saudi internet-services firm sets IPO price at top end of range
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Saudi internet-services firm sets IPO price at top end of range

Saudi internet-services firm sets IPO price at top end of range

Riyadh has been the hottest market for IPOs in the Middle East over the past two years

Saudi Telecom’s internet-services unit set the final offer price for its initial public offering at the top end of a range, in another sign of pent up demand for share sales in the kingdom.

Arabian Internet and Communications Services, also known as solutions by stc, set the final offer price at SAR151 ($40.3) a share, according to a statement Thursday. At that price, the sale will be valued at $966m.

Riyadh has been the hottest market for IPOs in the Middle East over the past two years. ACWA Power International, one of Saudi Arabia’s main vehicles for building renewable energy projects, is also in the market, seeing to raise up to $1.2bn in what would be the biggest offering in Riyadh since Saudi Aramco’s listing.

Solutions by stc IPO details:

* Order book was 130 times oversubscribed with the book-building generating SAR471bn in orders
* Final offer price implies a market capitalisation on admission of SAR18.1bn
* Retail subscription: From Sept 19 to Sept 21
* Offer size: 24 million shares, or a 20 per cent stake
* Initial price range was SAR136 to SAR151 per share
* HSBC, Morgan Stanley and SNB Capital were financial advisers

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