Air Astana Preparing for IPO

Air Astana has officially confirmed its participation in the listing of securities on the London Stock Exchange, the IFCA Stock Exchange (AIX), and the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE). This was first announced at a briefing on January 19th, which was attended by Dastan Adikhodzhaev, the director of privatization and restructuring of assets of Samruk Kazyna JSC, and Peter Foster, the president of Air Astana JSC. Adikhodzhaev noted that this decision was taken to support the instructions of the President of Kazakhstan, and to maintain a comprehensive plan for privatization for 2021-2025.
“Privatization of part of state blocks, especially by bringing our largest companies to IPO, SPO is an important part. Tasks are being solved progressively, and in recent years we have made significant progress in this direction,” said Adikhodzhaev.
At the upcoming IPO it is planned to sell common shares in the national currency, as well as global depositary receipts in U.S. dollars. For the realization of the local offering, the company has attracted Halyk Finance JSC as joint bookrunner, Freedom Finance Global PLC as lead manager, as well as BCC Invest JSC, SkyBridge Invest JSC and Jusan Invest JSC as co-managers.
The IPO is scheduled to begin on January 29th.
“On behalf of the Company, I am pleased to officially confirm our intention to take Air Astana Group public,”President and CEO of Air Astana, Peter Foster commented. “As the largest airline group in Central Asia and the Caucasus, we believe that our industry status, market position and growth profile represent an attractive investment opportunity. This is an important milestone in our long-term strategy and we look forward to welcoming new Kazakhstani and international investors as shareholders of the group. The Company intends to raise an additional $120 million.”
According to the Skytrax World Airline Awards, Air Astana was the Best Airline in Central Asia and the CIS in 2023, the eleventh time the company has won this title. Air Astana also has a five-star rating in the category of the largest airlines by APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association).

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