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IPO could value Spanish oil major Cepsa at 8 billion euros

BayRadio | October 3, 2018

Abu Dhabi state investor Mubadala aims to value Spanish oil major Cepsa at up to 8 billion euros ($9.22 billion) in the company’s initial public offering (IPO), according to the price range set in its prospectus on Tuesday.

The deal will be the biggest stock market flotation on the Madrid exchange since Spanish airports manager Aena three years ago, helped by a rebound in crude oil prices that has lifted valuations of oil companies.

Mubadala, which announced the planned Cepsa listing two weeks ago, is expected to raise about 2 billion euros with the sale of a 25 per cent stake in the Spanish company.

The final share price is expected to be set on Oct. 16, with the flotation expected two days later.

The listing will provide Cepsa with wider access to capital markets, Mubadala has said.

Mubadala, meanwhile, is looking to invest in new sectors and geographical areas, Chief Executive Khaldoon Khalifa al-Mubarak said last month.

Cepsa employs more 10,200 people and has fields in Latin America, North Africa, southeast Asia and Spain, with total production of more than 175,000 barrels a day of oil equivalent. It is also a significant player among European oil refiners, with processing capacity of 483,000 barrels a day in Spain.

The floatation includes an overallotment option of 3.75 percent. If completely exercised, the option could raise an additional 300 million euros.

Including 3.2 billion euros in net debt, Cepsa’s enterprise value could reach up to 11.2 billion euros.

Rothschild is the sole financial adviser on the IPO, with Banco Santander, Citigroup Global Markets, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley acting as joint global coordinators and bookrunners.

Written by BayRadio

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