Dubai to Pay 29% Premium to Delist DP World as Firm Shifts Focus
A container terminal operated by DP World Ltd., at the Port of Southampton, in Southampton, U.K. (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Dubai to Pay 29% Premium to Delist DP World as Firm Shifts Focus

(Bloomberg) -- Dubai will pay a 29% premium to acquire 19.55% of DP World Ltd. and return the port operator to private ownership as it seeks to transform to an infrastructure-led logistics provider.

DP World’s parent company Port and Free Zone World will acquire the shares traded on Nasdaq Dubai for $16.75, it said in a statement on Monday. They closed at $13 on Sunday.

“The disruption occurring in our industry throws up a number of challenges and opportunities for DP World in both the shorter and longer term,“ said Deepak Parekh, senior independent non-executive director of DP World. Delisting would give the company “greater flexibility going forward.”

Once accepted, DP World will be 100% owned by Port and Free Zone World, which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai World.

DP World shares have fallen about 52% from a recent peak in January 2018.

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