Pakistan Aluminium Beverage Cans Ltd (PABC) is planning to raise at least Rs. 3.3 billion by offering a 26 percent stake to institutional and ordinary investors in an initial public offer (IPO) on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).
Book building will take place on 22 and 23 June, followed by public subscription on 29 and 30 June.
The entire offer of 93.8 million ordinary shares or 26 percent of the post-IPO shareholding will be offered through the book-building process at a floor price of Rs. 35 per share.
Successful bidders will be provisionally allotted only 75 percent of the issue size, and the remaining shares will be offered to the retail investors at the strike price.
This means that the PABC will raise at least Rs. 3.3 billion in the IPO, but based on the interest from investors during the book-building process, the strike price can increase by 40 percent (Rs. 49 a share), thus helping the company collect Rs. 4.6 billion.
Ashmore Mauritius PABC Ltd, a specialist emerging markets investment manager based in Mauritius, currently holds 51 percent shareholding in the company; while Liberty Group, a leading player in the textile and power sectors, owns the remaining 49 percent stake. With the exit of the Ashmore post-IPO, the Liberty Group, the general public, and Soorty Enterprises will own 54 percent, 26 percent, and 20 percent shareholding in the company, respectively.
The company had started its operations in 2017 as Pakistan’s only local manufacturer of aluminum beverage cans. Until then, bottlers in Pakistan and Afghanistan had relied on expensive imports to package their beverages in environment-friendly aluminum cans.
The PABC supplies to the bottlers of all the major carbonated drinks, including PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. The exports to Afghanistan had constituted 35 percent of the company’s sales in the calendar year 2020.
Established on a 20.9-acre piece of land in Faisalabad’s Special Economic Zone with a current rated capacity of 700 million cans per annum, the PABC continues to enjoy a 10-year tax holiday.
The company is increasing its rated capacity by almost 36 percent to 950 million cans per annum by July next year. It has grown its revenue at an annualized rate of 18.7 percent in the last five years. In the third full year of its operation (2020), the company’s net profit had amounted to Rs. 610.7 million, up 314 percent from 2019. It expects its bottom line to grow at 140 percent in 2021.
Euromonitor International puts the size of Pakistan’s soft drinks market at 3.8 billion liters per annum. It expects the market to grow at a five-year annualized rate of seven percent to reach 5.3 billion liters in 2025 on the back of rising purchasing power, urbanization, and favorable demographics.
With the estimated market size of 275 million cans, aluminium beverage cans in Pakistan account for only 3.6 percent of total soft drinks sales as opposed to the global average of 19 percent.
The growing can penetration may increase their sales to 650 million cans by 2025, delivering an annualized growth rate of 19 per year. The PABC will be its key beneficiary as the can imports are virtually non-existent due to high freight costs and duties.
The PBAC’s biggest export market is Afghanistan, as the country does not have local beverage glass manufacturing facilities. It commands over 50 percent market share, thanks to its contracts with key beverage bottlers, including franchisees of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, in Afghanistan.
Additionally, the PBAC had recently signed agreements and initiated exports to leading beverage players in the United States. North America accounts for more than one-third of the global consumption of aluminium cans, mainly because of environmental concerns. The company is also in discussion with key beverage bottlers in Bangladesh and Iraq.