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Dubai's DAMAC launches book-building for London IPO

Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 2:49 AM ET

DUBAI, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Dubai luxury housing developer DAMAC Real Estate said on Thursday that it was launching the book-building for an initial public offer of shares in London that would be worth at least half a billion dollars.

Shareholders in DAMAC expect to sell a minimum of $500 million of Global Depositary Receipts and up to 18.8 percent of the company, plus an over-allotment option representing 15 percent of the base offer, DAMAC said in a statement.

Each GDR would represent three ordinary shares and DAMAC set an indicative price range of $12.25-17.25 per GDR, implying a market capitalisation for the company of $2.65-3.74 billion.

It would be the first IPO by a Dubai property developer since the emirate's property market crashed four years ago.