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DP World delisting is a blow to UAE markets

DP World is planning to delist from the Nasdaq Dubai in a move that directly contradicts the UAE’s efforts to improve liquidity and diversity in its domestic exchanges.

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Terminal tractors line up to offload their containers into a cargo ship at DP World's fully automated Terminal 2 at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 27, 2018. Picture taken December 27, 2018. REUTERS/ Hamad I Mohammed - RC142EA84D20
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For a country that is taking great pains to improve liquidity in its equity markets, endorsing a buyback of Nasdaq Dubai’s most liquid stock seems an odd move.

On Monday, DP World and its majority owner Port and Free Zone World FZE (PFZW) made an offer to DP World’s minority shareholders to acquire the outstanding 19.55% of shares for around $2.7 billion.

The transaction means that DP World will be delisted, and PFZW will acquire full ownership. With the offer at a 30% premium to the share price, it is unlikely investors will refuse – though it is still waiting for approval from regulators and relevant shareholders.


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