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SPACE42 is expected to benefit from significant cost and revenue synergies through up-selling and cross-selling of existing solutions. (WAM)
  • The respective shareholders of each entity will vote on the proposed merger of the two Abu Dhabi-headquartered and ADX-listed entities.
  • The proposed would create one of the most valuable publicly listed space companies in the world with potential for significant global growth.

ABU DHABI, UAE – Bayanat AI PLC and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company each issued a circular on Thursday calling for their General Assembly Meetings (GAMs) to be held simultaneously on April 25 2024.

During the GAMs, respective shareholders of each entity will vote on the proposed merger of the two Abu Dhabi-headquartered and ADX-listed entities.

This circular follows the announcement on December 19 2023 that their respective Boards of Directors had unanimously voted to recommend to shareholders the merger of the two companies.

The proposed merger of Bayanat and Yahsat will create SPACE42, an AI-powered space technology champion in the MENA region.

The merger would create one of the most valuable publicly listed space companies in the world with additional potential for significant global growth and synergies.

With a combined revenue of US$762 million (AED2.8 billion) and net income of US$173 million (AED637 million) based on Bayanat and Yahsat’s released results for the Financial Year 2023, SPACE42 is well positioned to bring significant value to all stakeholders across upstream, midstream and downstream solutions.

The greater scale of the combined group will provide an expanded scope of service offerings and vertical integration opportunities, enabling it to offer a differentiated value proposition, utilize economies of scale and improve profitability across the value chain.

Through this transformative combination, the merged entity will benefit from rapidly evolving market dynamics in order to capture regional and international opportunities in geospatial and mobility solutions, satellite communications, sustainability initiatives and business intelligence.

SPACE42 is expected to benefit from significant cost and revenue synergies through up-selling and cross-selling of existing solutions, leveraging customer relationships with a broader distribution network and the access to an enhanced technology platform empowered with new products and solutions.

It will best position the organization for continuous growth, reinforcing its role as a key strategic solutions provider to the UAE government and its agencies, while expanding its reach to global customers.

The enlarged entity will also benefit from high visibility on revenue and cash flow generation through a high proportion of government-related contracts.

This predictable, secure and long-term cash flow profile, along with a strengthened financial position, will be underwritten by a financial framework that balances investment for strong profitable growth and return of capital to shareholders.

The merger is subject to a number of conditions, including regulatory approvals from governmental authorities including the Securities and Commodities Authority, the ADGM Registration Authority and various international regulatory authorities.

It also requires the approval of shareholders representing 75 percent of the voting rights present at a quorate General Assembly Meeting of each of Bayanat and Yahsat.

Both companies will continue to operate independently until the merger is effective.