Wednesday 17 July 2024

Adnoc Drilling confirms new enhanced dividend policy

ABU DHABI, 22 days ago

Adnoc Drilling Company has received shareholder approval of its new progressive dividend policy at its General Shareholder Meeting. 
The new policy will see dividends grow by at least 10% per annum on a dividend per share
basis over the next five years (2024-2028), the company said.
The expected cumulative minimum yield from the new policy in the period 2024-2028 is more
than 27% (based on closing share price on June 24, 2024 of AED4.03), it added.
Furthermore, the Board of Directors, at its discretion, may approve additional dividends over
and above the progressive dividend policy after considering free cash flow accretive growth
opportunities. Dividends are expected to be paid semi-annually with a final dividend distributed
to shareholders in the first half, and the payment of the interim dividend in the second half of
each fiscal year.
Commenting on the new dividend policy, Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, Adnoc Upstream
Executive Director and Vice Chairman of Adnoc Drilling, said: “The approval of this
enhanced dividend policy reflects Adnoc Drilling's commitment to delivering increasing value
to shareholders, enabled by an accelerated and multi-faceted growth strategy that embraces
artificial intelligence, digitization, and advanced technologies both in the UAE and
“Adnoc’s recent placement of an additional 5.5% of Adnoc Drilling’s share capital means
there is now a greater number of shareholders to benefit from these enhanced returns.”
On May 23, 2024, Adnoc completed a $935 million institutional placement of Adnoc Drilling
shares. This placement represented 5.5% of Adnoc Drilling’s total issued and outstanding
share capital and increased the company’s free float to 16.5%.
This transaction represents the largest ever ABB (accelerated book building) done in the MENA region so far, reflecting the strong demand from the market.
The higher free float resulted in a higher weight in FTSE indices and is expected to provide a pathway towards inclusion in the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Emerging Market Index, subject to the company meeting the relevant inclusion criteria. MSCI inclusion will contribute to the diversification of the Company’s investor base and significantly broaden awareness of the unique value proposition.
Adnoc Drilling’s strategy is focused on the expansion of its fleet and the development of integrated drilling services to enable Adnoc’s production capacity growth, which includes leveraging the transformational opportunities presented by the UAE’s world-class unconventional energy resources. 
Adnoc Drilling has established a new company – Turnwell – to focus on the considerable opportunities in unconventional resources, including an initial contract to deliver 144 wells and the potential for thousands more over time which are incremental to the current growth guidance. 
Additionally, Adnoc Drilling is actively pursuing regional growth through the expansion of its operations and potential regional acquisitions.
Through its strategic joint venture with Alpha Dhabi, Enersol, Adnoc Drilling aims to acquire and invest in global energy technologies, fostering a scalable technology ecosystem to enhance market value and improve operational efficiencies. Enersol has recently acquired a 67.2% controlling stake in Gordon Technologies, closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval, and is in the final stages of two additional transactions, with a major focus on investments that support the UAE’s wider energy security ambitions, net-zero agenda, and ongoing economic diversification efforts. These transactions would drive additional growth for ADNOC Drilling over and above the current growth outlook. - TradeArabia New Service


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