Abu Dhabi-based consortium of Aldar and ADQ acquires majority stake of Egyptian developer as part of long-term strategy for North African country
A consortium comprising of Aldar Properties and ADQ has announced that it will acquire approximately 85.52% of the outstanding share capital of The Sixth of October for Development and Investment (SODIC), following a successful mandatory tender offer.
In a statement, Aldar said that the Abu Dhabi-based consortium, which is controlled 70% by real estate developer and manager Aldar and 30% by ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy, will focus on identifying growth opportunities and guiding the company’s long-term strategy.
The consortium’s objective is to advance SODIC’s position as a leading national developer by scale and reputation, growing its portfolio of mixed-use residential communities in Greater Cairo, the North Coast and other major markets, the statement added.
Talal Al Dhiyebi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Aldar, commented: “Aldar has identified Egypt as a priority market for international expansion, driven by a strong belief in the country’s potential and the macro-economic fundamentals driving the real estate sector. After studying the market, SODIC emerged as our desired entry-partner and is a natural commercial fit for Aldar.”
The all-cash mandatory tender offer, at a purchase price of EGP 20.0 per share, valued SODIC at USD$451.59 million. The offer was accepted by shareholders representing 85.52% of outstanding share capital, resulting in a transaction value of USD$386.8 million. The transaction will be finalised in the coming days, with shares transferred by 16 December, the statement said.
“The transaction is a testament to both Aldar and ADQ’s belief in the company’s track record, governance framework and business model and we look forward to supporting SODIC create even greater economic and social value for its stakeholders, most notably the communities that the company serves across Egypt,” Al Dhiyebi added.
Headquartered in Cairo and listed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX), SODIC is one of Egypt’s leading real estate companies, active in the development of residential, commercial, and retail properties. The company has a significant land bank for future development. It has a 25-year track record of sustained growth, successfully delivering high quality projects and reinvesting in its communities.