Apr 04 2012
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Joussour Holding Company announces the successful sale of its stake in Ghani Glass Limited
Established in 1993, Ghani Glass is the largest and most diversified glass manufacturer in Pakistan. Since JHC's initial investment in 2007, Ghani Glass has witnessed strong growth, more than doubling its top and bottom line on the back of capacity expansions, including the commissioning of the first pharmaceutical glass manufacturing project in the MENA region, based on state-of-the-art European technology.
JHC's original investment in Ghani Glass was predicated on strong underlying demand fundamentals in Pakistan, where demand expanded at double digits rates over the last several years. Following the global financial crisis and amid deteriorating economic and political conditions in Pakistan, coupled with a severe energy crisis in Pakistan, JHC worked closely with Ghani Glass to maintain and defend its leading position in Pakistan, while at the same time scaling down its regional expansion plans.
Nabil Triki, Swicorp head of Private Equity added: "When we invested in Ghani Glass five years ago, our ambition was to significantly grow its top and bottom line and allow the company to establish a footprint beyond the borders of Pakistan. Although faced with challenging local and international markets, the company was able to navigate through consecutive crises and we are satisfied we were able to contribute directly to profitability growth through several initiatives championed by our teams."
Swicorp is a leading corporate finance advisory, private equity and principal investment firm with a specific regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Founded in 1987 and licensed by the Capital Market Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Dubai Financial Service Authority of the United Arab Emirates, Swicorp has an extensive track record of pioneering M&A and Advisory transactions across the MENA region over the last 25 years. Swicorp has also developed into one of the leading players in the Private Equity sector in the MENA region, raising over US$1 Billion in private equity funds from investors since 2004.
From its headquarters in Riyadh and regional offices in Jeddah, Geneva, Tunis, and Dubai, Swicorp provides a wide range of corporations and investors with independent advice and assistance on key strategic and financial issues.
About Joussour Holding Company
Joussour's strategic objectives are investing in businesses that can directly benefit from MENA's competitive advantages including access to energy feedstock, strategic location, etc. While its core geographic focus is the MENA region, Joussour can opportunistically invest in other regions as well. Joussour's investments primarily target the energy, petrochemicals and other energy-intensive sectors with target equity investment size of US$ 50 million to US$ 150 million.
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