Arkan shareholders approve strategic merger with Emirates Steel

Transaction will create a listed national champion in the building materials and construction sector

Arkan Building Materials Company (Arkan), the UAE-based has announced that it has won approval from its shareholders for a strategic merger with Emirates Steel Industries, the integrated steel manufacturer.

In a statement, Arkan said that the transaction will create a listed national champion in the building materials and construction sector with strong potential for growth in the UAE and internationally.

Emirates Steel is owned by General Holding Corporation (Senaat), a part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies.

The key terms of the strategic combination, proposed in May by Senaat, are to transfer Emirates Steel to Arkan in consideration for the issuance by Arkan to Senaat of a convertible instrument.

Upon closing the transaction, the convertible instrument would automatically convert into 5.1 billion ordinary shares in Arkan at a fixed price of AED 0.798 per share. Following the conversion, Senaat would own 87.5% of the entire issued share capital of Arkan.

Lauding the shareholders’ move, Chairman Engineer Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri said: “We are pleased to have received their support to move forward with the strategic combination of Arkan and Emirates Steel. The transaction will offer investors access to a national and regional champion in the building materials and construction sector, that is well placed for opportunities that emerge from the economic recovery that lies ahead.”

According to him, the combined group will benefit from a strengthened balance sheet and operational scale.

“In particular, it will play a key role in supporting the sustainable economic growth targets outlined in the UAE’s Industrial Strategy ‘Operation 300 Billon’, building on Emirates Steel’s position as a leading industrial player that adopts the latest technologies in steel production, quality control and sustainability practices,” he stated.

Arkan added that the combined group will also be ideally positioned to benefit from the post-Covid recovery anticipated in the UAE’s and the region’s construction sectors, particularly in light of the stimulus packages being introduced by the regional governments to accelerate infrastructure projects.

The transaction is expected to close later this year, until then, both companies will continue to operate independently, it concluded.

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