Date: Jun 08, 2022
Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE, June 08 2022 – Another condition precedent was met further progressing the timeline and process to complete the proposed merger of Dar Al Takaful (DAT) and Watania. With the successful end of the creditor’s notice period, the plan to create the UAE’s largest Islamic Insurance (Takaful) company continues to be smoothly on course towards completion at the end -June 2022
In compliance with the federal decree law on Commercial Companies, DAT and Watania issued a notice to its creditors on 27 April 2022 in respect of its merger. The objection period for creditors to provide their opinions and feedback lasted 30 days and expired on 26 May 2022. Furthermore, in accordance with the Federal Law on the Establishment of Insurance Authority and Regulation of the Insurance Business, Watania also issued a notice to policyholders on 27 April 2022 in respect of its merger. The objection period for policyholders is 45 days and they are expected to provide their opinions and feedback by 10 June 2022.
DAT and Watania received no objection to the merger from both their creditors, and therefore, they will continue the merger procedures in accordance with the Commercial Companies Law and upon the expiry of the policyholder’s objection period. The merger was approved overwhelmingly by shareholders of the two companies at their Annual General Meetings on April 26, 2022.
The merger is designed to create a transformational Takaful leader in the UAE’s fragmented insurance market, by leveraging synergies and economies of scale to create innovative new products and provide world class customer service.
Matar Hamdan Sultan Hamad Al Ameri, Chairman of DAT, said: “As we progress towards completing this exciting transaction, we are actively preparing for our integration of all aspects of the two companies into a single Takaful powerhouse for the benefit of customers and other stakeholders. Together, Dubai-based DAT and Abu Dhabi-based Watania will provide superior terms and policy coverage across the UAE through a growing range of innovative products.”
Dr. Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Aldhaheri, Chairman of Watania, said: “The operational synergies from the merger and the fusion of the energy and ideas of both companies will enable us to offer many compelling solutions to the market, delivered by a stronger IT and commercial platform and financial framework. We look forward to supporting the UAE’s global leadership in Islamic finance by raising the bar for the nation’s Takaful sector in performance and vision.”
Under the merger plan, shareholders of Watania will receive shares in DAT, which would be the remaining entity that will continue to be listed on Dubai Financial Market. Watania shareholders would receive 0.734375 DAT shares for every Watania share that they own, valuing the merged company at AED 260 million. All DAT and Watania policies would be held by two DAT subsidiaries: Noor Takaful Family and Noor Takaful General.
Preliminary regulatory approvals have been obtained from the Central Bank and the Securities and Commodities Authority, and the transaction is subject to their final approvals.
The proposed Chairman of DAT after the merger would be Dr. Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Aldhaheri, and the Vice Chairman would be Mr. Matar Hamdan Sultan Hamad Al Ameri.
About Dar Al Takaful PJSC
Dar Al Takaful PJSC was established in 2008 with a paid-up capital of AED 150 million as a Shari’ah-Compliant insurance company. In 2020, it completed the acquisition of Noor Takaful Family PJSC and Noor Takaful General PJSC. An award-winning insurance company, Noor Takaful has won the prestigious Insurance Brand of The Year 2021 award, conferred by Global Banking and Finance Review), as well as the Best Takaful Company 2021 and Most Innovative Takaful Company 2021, both awarded by World Business Outlook.
Dar Al Takaful PJSC vision is to provide protection and peace of mind. In line with its vision, Dar Al Takaful offers innovative ethical insurance solutions and promotes a culture of excellence among its staff. It offers a full range of takaful products – general, medical, and family – to both individuals and companies in the UAE. The products are offered at its head office in Dubai, online at noortakaful.com, and through its branches in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ajman.
National Takaful Company (Watania) is a young and dynamic organization that came into being in 2011. Watania was issued a license by the UAE Insurance Authority on the 12th of July, 2011 and was listed on the ADX on the 14th of November, 2011.
Watania has a paid-up capital of AED150 m and its head office is in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Watania is an initiative taken by Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC) (16%), Abu Dhabi National Islamic Finance (ADNIF) (16%), Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) (7%), and Aldar Properties (7%). Their objective was to establish a leading takaful operator in the UAE which could meet the demand of the UAE market for Sharia compliant insurance products.
Watania floated its stocks for an IPO on the 18th of April 2011 with issue oversubscribed nearly 7 times. After the allotment process, Ajman Bank (16%) and Qatar First Development Bank (10%) joined the ranks of the founding shareholders. Watania started underwriting risks on 14th of November, 2011.
In August 2014 there was a major change in the shareholding structure of Watania whereby MB Investment UAE and Madina Takaful Oman acquired a majority 60% stake in the company from existing shareholders.
Current major shareholders are MB Investment, UAE (51%), Magna Investments (15.90%), Dr. Ali Bin Harmal Aldhaheri (12.17%) and Al Madina Takaful, Oman (9.54%).
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