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Monday, 15 March 2021

Taaleem thinks its shares are worth up to EGP 6.02 apiece

Taaleem Management Services has priced its initial public offering on the Egyptian Exchange at EGP 5.48-6.02 per share, according to a statement (pdf) released this afternoon. The transaction will see about 49% of the company (or some 358 mn shares). The price would give the education outfit — which would be the second biggest education constituent on the EGX — a market cap of up to EGP 4.4 bn. The transaction received the sign off of the Financial Regulatory Authority last Thursday, the statement notes.

Who’s selling? The 49% offering comes courtesy of Sphinx Obelisk, a special-purpose vehicle, which will offload s shares in a secondary sale, which will include offerings to both institutional investors in Egypt and abroad as well as retail investors here at home. CI Capital is expected to be among those selling down its position through Sphinx. We previously noted that CI Capital, acting as a merchant bank for the first time, and a group of co-investors acquired a 60% stake in Taaleem in 2019 from Thebes Education Management Holdings in an EGP 1.2 bn transaction. Co-investors at the time included StonePine ACE Fund, a JV between StonePine Capital and ACE. Ahmed Badreldin’s RMBV is also a shareholder, having partnered with Taaleem founder Seddik Afifi in 2015. Badreldin is also vice-chairman at Taaleem.

The timeline: The transaction is expected to be completed in 2Q2021 “subject to market conditions” and approvals, the company noted in the statement.

Advisors: CI Capital is sole global coordinator and joint bookrunner while Renaissance Capital and First Abu Dhabi Bank are joint bookrunners. Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy are domestic counsel to Taaleem and Norton Rose Fulbright are doing international duties. White & Case is local and international counsel to the joint bookrunners.

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