MCDC IPO opens for subscription

Muscat City Desalination Company (MCDC), which is opening its initial public offering today, said the company plans to offer a projected dividend yield of 8.3 per cent for the first five years, considering the offer price of 116 baisas.

This compares with the average dividend yield of 5.9 per cent for the other power and water companies listed on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM). The shares will be listed on the MSM on January 2, 2018.
“The company benefits from stable and predictable cash flows. This is on account of the revenues being contracted on an availability basis with OPWP, which is owned by the Government, pursuant to a long-term Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) until 2034,” said Subrina Thiagarajah, CEO of MCDC. “It is also worth noting that a long-term offtake agreement for 20 years term is longer than the 15 years term typically prevalent for power companies in Oman. This would translate into cash flow visibility for a longer period for MCDC shareholders,” she added. The strong contractual framework for the sector has enabled MCDC to offer a steady and attractive dividend yield to investors.
Bank Muscat is the financial adviser and issue manager for the IPO. The founding shareholders, who are leading international names in the industry, are selling these shares to the public to comply with their obligations in the Project Founders Agreement signed with the government.