Arkan Shareholders Approve Combination with Emirates Steel
Leading construction and building materials company in the UAE Arkan Building Materials Company announced that at a virtual General Assembly, shareholders overwhelmingly approved the proposal for the strategic combination of Arkan and Emirates Steel Industries PJSC, the Middle East’s leading integrated steel manufacturer. 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 PJSC, part of ADQ. ADQ is 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.
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 UAE Government and other regional Governments to accelerate infrastructure projects.
The transaction is expected to close later this year, until then, both companies will continue to operate independently.