Air Link plans Pakistan’s BIGGEST ever private sector IPO this month


Air Link Communication Ltd. plans to raise around 5.85 billion rupees through an IPO offering this month, which would be the largest from a non-state firm in Pakistan.

Air Link plans to sell new and existing shares at a price between 65-91 rupees each, CEO Muzzaffar Hayat Piracha said in a reply to queries Friday. It will take investor orders on Aug. 30 and 31 and then price the offering.

Pakistan has seen a record streak of IPOs this year. Aided by economic recovery, Pakistan Stock Exchange witnessed eight equity Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in fiscal year 2020-21 that raised a record Rs20 billion from the country’s capital markets, stated Arif Habib Limited (AHL) in a report.

Air Link, which started operations about a decade ago and has since become one of the largest distributors of phones in the country, saw sales boom around 50% to 3.6 million units in year ended June.

The company plans to issue 60 million new shares and Piracha will sell 30 million from his holdings, said Kamran Nasir, CEO at JS Global Capital Ltd., consultant and bookrunner to the transaction. The IPO will be the LARGEST since Interloop Ltd. raised about 5 billion rupees in 2019.

Air Link, which has also recently expanded into mobile assembling, plans to use the funds to expand its distribution network. It aims to have 150 outlets by 2026 from 14 currently, which will boost margins together with the assembly business, said Nasir. Air Link expects its revenue to triple to 129 billion rupees and net income surging 500% to 9.2 billion rupees by fiscal 2025 from 2020, according to Kamran Nasir.

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