ASGC ... a strategic investment.

ASGC ... a strategic investment.

ASGC buys 15pc stake in UK’s Costain

June 2020

UAE-based Al Shafar General Contracting Company (ASGC) has reached an agreement with British construction and engineering company Costain for acquisition of around 41.6 million shares (15.2 per cent) in the company at an investment of £25 million ($31 million).

This strategic investment from the Emirati group comes as a shot in the arm to Costain which is raising £100 million ($124 million) from the capital markets in a share issue underwritten by Liberum Capital and Investec Bank (who are acting as Joint Global Coordinator, Joint Bookrunner and Joint Corporate Broker) and HSBC as Joint Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner.

According to Costain, £80 million is being raised through a firm placing, while the rest of £20 million will be done through placing an open offer of, in aggregate, 166.6 million new ordinary shares at an issue price of 60 pence per share.

A vertically integrated construction group based in Dubai, ASGC is best known for delivering turnkey special projects in the UAE. One among the 26 companies within the Al Shafar Group, it owns the majority of the group’s supply chain and utilises mostly in-house resources.

On the strategic deal, Costain says it aims to use the net proceeds from the capital raising for general corporate purposes.

This capital boost will allow the company to demonstrate its increased financial capacity to clients, providing a competitive advantage in a sector where clients and suppliers are increasingly scrutinising their partners’ balance sheets, says a company spokesman.  This will help us the company take advantage of business growth opportunities through the investment required in bid costs and innovation and technology, enhancing the execution of the group’s leading edge strategy to grow higher value services with increased margins. n

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