(Bloomberg) – Dubai-based healthcare and education investment firm Amanat Holdings PJSC has selected EFG Hermes and First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC to manage plans for an initial public offering of its Abu Dhabi healthcare unit in connection with the matter, according to people familiar with the matter.
Amanat Healthcare’s offering, which could raise about $200 million, could be completed as soon as this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.
Details of the offering are preliminary and subject to change, the people said. Representatives for EFG Hermes, FAB and Amanat declined to comment.
Amanat, which is listed on the Dubai Financial Market, said in March that it would integrate assets from its healthcare vertical into Amanat Healthcare and prepare for an IPO of the unit, without providing further details. Its shares rose 5.8 percent on Friday.
Amanat Healthcare’s initial public offering would be a rare example of a private company in the Middle East spinning off a division. State-owned energy companies in the region have struggled to list their units, but that is uncommon among private sector firms.
Still, the Persian Gulf IPO boom that began in late 2021 has slowed this year as markets in the region retreated from earlier highs as oil prices fell. Some $4.3 billion has been raised in Middle East listings this year, down 69% from a year ago, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Most of the action is centered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this year, Adnoc Gas raised about $3.7 billion through its $2.5 billion initial public offering in the city, according to the data.
Amanat’s healthcare investments include Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Center and Sukoon, which provides post-acute extended care and critical care, according to its website.
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