The Private Equity Division (the PE Division) is responsible for structuring and managing traditional private equity funds and direct investments.
The PE Division’s primary geographical focus is the GCC region. However, it seeks opportunities globally with a focus on investing in companies with transferrable competitive advantages with a view to bringing them to the GCC region through potential business partnerships.
The target market segment of the PE Division comprises small to medium sized enterprises. The investments are typically in the range of USD 5 to USD 15 million which offer significant minority stakes.
The strategy of the PE Division is to partner with proven management teams to derive value from opportunities for growth. The PE Division seeks to invest in companies that it believes maintain a sustainable competitive advantage in a particular market and for which the management team has a compelling vision and business strategy.
While evaluating potential investment opportunities, the PE Division follows several guiding principles:
• Proven Management Teams
• Sound Business Fundamentals
• Prudent Price/Risk Profiles
• Well-defined Exit Strategies
Post-investment, the PE Division provides active contribution to the portfolio companies to enhance shareholder value. The PE Division offers its unparalleled experience in capital restructuring, market positioning, operating efficiency improvements, management optimisation, corporate governance and financial engineering to its portfolio companies.
The key differentiating factor of the PE Division's investment activity is its alignment of interests with investors. This is achieved through Gulf One investing its own proprietary capital in all its investment products and ensuring alignment of performance and rewards. In all phases of investment management, from deal origination to exit, the Bank benefits from its knowledge of the regional markets and the extensive network of relationships it enjoys within the region.