Kuwait's BIG Holding Announces Initial Public Offering

Kuwait's Beyout Investment Group (BIG) Holding, a diversified conglomerate offering human resources and real estate services, is poised to join the Kuwaiti bourse. The company announced its intention to sell a 30% stake through an initial public offering (IPO) on Boursa Kuwait, marking the first such listing in the country in nearly two years.

BIG Holding boasts a proven track record of growth, with an average revenue increase of 12. 6% and a healthy normalized core profit margin of around 30. 4% over the past three years. The company attributes its success to its well-balanced business model, encompassing both human capital solutions and real estate project management, including lucrative build-operate-transfer and public-private partnership deals.

The offering's final price will be determined through a bookbuilding process scheduled for May 19-23, 2024. BIG Holding's shares are expected to make their debut on the Kuwaiti stock exchange sometime in June. The company has enlisted National Investments Company and EFG-Hermes UAE as joint bookrunners and global coordinators for the IPO.

This development comes amidst a broader trend of renewed activity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region's IPO market. Following a surge over the past four years, the GCC had witnessed a slowdown in IPO activity in the first quarter of 2024. BIG Holding's IPO, however, is expected to reignite investor interest within Kuwait and potentially serve as a catalyst for further listings in the region.

Analysts believe that BIG Holding's IPO presents a compelling opportunity for investors seeking exposure to a diversified Kuwaiti company with a history of consistent financial performance. The company's strong client base, which includes the US government and the Kuwait Oil Company, further underscores its credibility and market potential.

Proceeds from the offering are expected to go to the selling shareholders. BIG Holding's decision to go public aligns with its strategic objectives of broadening its shareholder base, enhancing corporate governance, and expanding its network and visibility among key stakeholders. The successful execution of this IPO could position BIG Holding for further growth and solidify its position as a leading player in Kuwait's business landscape.

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