BankDhofar makes an offer to acquire ahlibank

Business Wednesday 24/May/2023 19:42 PM
By: Times News Service
BankDhofar makes an offer to acquire ahlibank

Muscat: Further to its disclosure on May 18 announcing the terms of a revised non-binding offer made to the board of directors of ahlibank SAOG (ABO) on April 26 (the Revised Offer), the board of directors of BankDhofar (BankDhofar) at its meeting held on May 23 resolved to make an offer to acquire 100 per cent of the issued share capital of ABO in a takeover pursuant to the Oman Acquisition and Takeover Regulations (Ministerial Decision No. 2 of 2019) (Offer) and to therefore withdraw our merger proposal.

The terms of the offer will be identical to the terms previously outlined in the revised offer, and are summarised below:
Offer structure:

The offer provides all ABO shareholders with an option to elect to receive up to 25 per cent of their consideration in cash (the “Cash Component”); the rest of the consideration will be paid in the form of newly issued BankDhofar shares (the “Share Component”).

For ABO shareholders who are: (i) Sharia-compliant juristic shareholders; or (ii) subsidiaries of Sharia-compliant juristic shareholders, the Cash Component will be increased to 100 per cent of the total consideration received, to reflect their (or their parent shareholder’s) de jure inability to receive shares in a conventional bank.
BankDhofar envisages funding the cash component of the offer from its existing liquidity and capital resources as well as a contribution from BankDhofar’s existing shareholders, if and as required.

Financial terms:
The financial terms of the offer are set forth as follows:
OMR 1.2910 BankDhofar ordinary shares per ABO share (the “Swap Ratio”), valuing each ABO share at OMR 0.200 based on the BankDhofar closing share price of OMR 0.155 as of 9 April 2023 (the “BankDhofar Unaffected Share Price”), OMR 0.200 per each ABO share as the Cash Component.

The above represents:
A premium of 15.0 per cent to ABO’s closing share price of OMR 0.174 as of 9 April 2023 (the “ABO Unaffected Share Price”);
An implied price to Q1 2023 book value multiple of 1.30x.
Since the submission of the initial non-binding offer to the board of directors of ABO on April 10, 2023 (the “Initial Offer”), BankDhofar’s share price has appreciated. As a result, for the Share Component, this appreciation translates into a significant increase in the value of each ABO share under the agreed Swap Ratio of 1.2910. As of closing share prices on May 17, 2023.

The swap ratio of the revised offer now represents:
A premium of 30.6 per cent to the ABO Unaffected Share Price, valuing each ABO share at OMR 0.227 based on the BankDhofar closing share price of OMR 0.176;
An implied Price to Q1 2023 Book Value multiple of 1.48x, by far exceeding the average Price to Book Value multiple of the Omani banking sector. For the avoidance of doubt, the Cash Component values each ABO share at OMR 0.200.

Strategic Rationale
After completion of the takeover offer, BankDhofar will look to effect a combination with ABO. We believe that a combination of BankDhofar and ABO is a compelling opportunity for ABO shareholders to:
Create a leading domestically-focused wholly owned Omani bank with a robust competitive position, well placed to serve the entirety of the market with leading market positions across a number of customer segments;
Combine the banks’ highly complementary activities and expertise across retail, corporate and Islamic banking for the benefit of the combined group and its customers;
Provide career development opportunities for both banks’ employees;
Provide opportunities to create value for both sets of shareholders, notably through an improvement in the combined group’s cost of funds; and
Provide enhanced liquidity for both sets of shareholders.

All in all, the proposed transaction offers an immensely attractive opportunity for shareholders of both entities to benefit from value creation with significant synergy possibilities and to participate in the long-term growth story, whilst ensuring a strong and well-capitalised bank on day one.
BankDhofar remains highly confident in its ability to successfully execute the contemplated transaction.
Any transaction, should it proceed, is subject to obtaining approvals from regulators and other applicable requirements.

A further announcement will be made if and when appropriate.