Drake & Scull International General Assembly approves restructuring plan, capital increase up to AED 600 million

DUBAI: The General Assembly of Drake and Scull International PJSC, held on April 1, 2024, approved the recommendations made by the Board of Directors aimed at the implementation of the capital restructuring of the company and increasing the share capital by AED 600 million to become about 3.470 billion dirhams, by issuing 2.4 billion shares at 0.25 dirhams per share (‘Capital Increase’).

Eng. Shafiq Abdelhamid, Chairman of the Board of Drake and Scull International PJSC, said: ‘We went through a long, arduous, and challenging journey that we overcame together and worked side by side to restore the company to its leadership position in the market. We have developed a comprehensive capital restructuring plan aimed at avoiding the liquidation of the company, ensuring the best interests of shareholders, ensuring business continuity, in addition to achieving better returns for creditors compared to the returns they could obtain in the event of its liquidation. Moreover, the business continuity of Drake and Sc
ull will support the national economy and enhance confidence in the financial market.’

He added: “We still have a long way to go, but we are all determined to restore the solid position that Drake and Scull enjoys in the construction sector, as the real estate market in the region, especially in the United Arab Emirates, is witnessing steady growth.”

Drake and Scull’s restructuring strategy aims to rebuild confidence in the company by focusing on its core strengths, such as: mechanical and electrical works (MEP), as well as the high potential water and environment operations ‘Passavant’, and Oil and Gas sector.

The restructuring plan will be applicable on 4 entities ‘Plan Companies’, as approved by the courts and will include:

-Drake and Scull International PJSC

-Drake and Scull International LLC

-Drake and Scull Engineering LLC

-Drake and Scull for Contracting Oil and Gas Fields Facilities LLC

Creditors of the Plan Companies, including both financial and trade creditors, agreed to a 90%
write-off of their claims. The remaining 10% balance of Plan Creditors whose total claims exceed AED1 million will be exchanged by a Mandatory Convertible Sukuk (the ‘MCS’). Plan Creditors whose balance is between AED50,000 and AED1 million will have the option to receive cash or MCS, while Plan Creditors with a balance of less than AED50,000 will receive 10% of their balance in cash.

Mandatory Convertible Sukuk

The Mandatory Convertible Sukuk will be issued for a period of 5 years and will be converted into Drake and Scull shares at maturity or earlier date, in case of certain early conversion events, as stipulated in the restructuring plan. The MCS will not be eligible for a fixed profit rate but will be entitled a share of any dividends distribution paid by the company. At maturity, the MCS will receive 35% of the issued capital of Drake and Scull, subject to some adjustments related to the buyback of the instruments by the company.

The MCS will also be eligible to 35% (or the adjusted creditor owne
rship percentage) of any payments collected by the company in relation to the settlement of legal claims related to the previous management of the company and the previous auditors with respect to circumstances that arose before December 31, 2017.

Summary of the key milestones and expected dates to complete the capital restructuring:

-April 1st, 2024: General Assembly Approval of Capital Increase

-April 4th, 2024: Capital Increase Announcement

-April 25th, 2024: Open of Subscription Period

-May 10th, 2024: Closing of Subscription Period

-May 16th, 2024: New Shares Allocation

-May 21st, 2024: Resume Share trading

-May 31st, 2024: Issuance of MCS

-June 2024: Initiate the process of settling the claims of small creditors, employees and government dues.

Source: Emirates News Agency