Back to the complete issue
Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Burnin’ up

…And while we’re on the subject of IPOs: We could see five or six new listings hitting the EGX in 2021, which may pave the way for the return of institutional investors into the market, EGX Chairman Mohamed Farid tells Al Arabiya. Farid didn’t provide any further details on the timelines of the potential listings, or whether the anticipated IPOs include any companies from the stalled state privatization program.

It already looks like the IPO pipeline is heating up this year: Macro Group Pharma has kicked off the bookbuilding process for its IPO, while higher education specialist Taaleem has kicked off subscription for an offering that was 2.34x oversubscribed, valuing it at EGP 4.2 bn. And while it’s not technically an IPO, London-listed consumer healthcare giant IDH kicked off a roadshow yesterday for a technical listing of at least 5% of its shares on the EGX. NBFS player Ebtikar is also very likely to go to market and e-Finance’s IPO — which is part of the state privatization program — could happen this year, according to analysts surveyed in our first Enterprise IPO poll.

Background: A handful of companies that were planning to IPO in 2020 either postponed or outright killed their plans. Banque du Caire’s hotly anticipated IPO was postponed to 2021 as the state privatization program was pushed amid the covid-induced market selloff last year. Meanwhile, NileAir pulled the plug on its offering after the tourism and aviation industries cratered, and Qalaa Holdings reportedly postponed the 1H2021 sale of a 30-40% stake in energy distribution player Taqa Arabia and will not be taking Arab Refining Company to market anytime soon. Mid-cap real estate player Emerald was the only new listing on the EGX in 2020 after an already slow 2019, which saw only two IPOs — Rameda Pharma and Fawry — going to market.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt; Hassan Allam Properties (tax ID:  553-096-567), one of Egypt’s most prominent and leading builders; and Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (tax ID: 220-002-827), the leading audit, tax and accounting firm in Egypt.