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Olam unit aims dual IPO in Saudi Arabia and Singapore

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Agri-food giant Olam Group aims to launch in June the dual initial public offering (IPO) of its agricultural unit that could raise up to $1 billion in Singapore and Saudi Arabia, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

The IPO, the first of such a dual listing in the world, is subject to regulatory approval, one of the sources added.

The sources could not be named as the information was not yet public.

Most of the IPO’s processes have been completed, ranging from hosting global roadshows to getting indicative commitments from anchor investors, one of the sources added.

Olam declined to comment.

The dual IPO on the stock exchanges of Singapore and Saudi Arabia would make Olam Agri the first company to list in both countries and also the first non-Gulf Cooperation Council incorporated business to list in Saudi Arabia.

The dual listing would also solidify southeast Asia as a global IPO hot spot. The region is the only part of the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, where the IPO market has grown this year, rising 4.5 percent to $2.23 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

The share sale would also give a lift to Singapore’s IPO activity, which amounted to only $68.7 million last year, not counting IPOs of special purpose acquisition companies, versus $1.94 billion in 2021, Refinitiv data showed.

The plan to list Olam Agri comes after Singapore-based commodity trader Olam sold a 35.4 percent stake in the unit last year for $1.24 billion to Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co, a unit of Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund Public Investment Fund.

The deal valued Olam Agri at an equity valuation of $3.5 billion, Olam said previously.

Besides Olam Agri, Olam has plans to list its other unit, Olam Food Ingredients, as part of a business overhaul flagged three years ago. The listing will take place after Olam Agri’s IPO, Sunny Verghese, Olam’s co-founder and Group CEO, told a news conference in January.

Olam is one of the world’s biggest agricultural commodity traders. It counts Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings as its largest shareholder with a 51 percent stake, followed by Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp with 14.4 percent, Refinitiv data showed.