Jul 18 2012
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United Education Company Acquires 82% of Al Rayan Holding Company from Global Investment House on a Deal advised by KAMCO and GulfMerger
United Education Company announced today the acquisition of an 82% equity interest in Al Rayan Holding from a consortium of sellers led by Global Capital Management, Global Investment House 's alternative asset management group.
Al Rayan Holding was established in 2006 by Global Capital Management with the aim of consolidating K-12 schools in Kuwait into a single platform. The company has over the years successfully grown into Kuwait's largest K-12 education company operating six schools with over 10,500 students, including one of the leading Indian and Pakistani schools across the country.
Established in 2003, United Education Company K.S.C.C. (" UEC ") is Kuwait's leading higher education company. UEC has embarked on an expansion strategy to create one of the leading education groups in the GCC region. Mr. Meshal Ali, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, said " Al Rayan Holding Company is part of our strategy to enter the K-12 market in Kuwait, which we expect to experience significant growth going forward. We see Al Rayan Holding Company as a quality platform to help us become a key player in this field."
KIPCO Asset Management Company K.S.C.C. (" KAMCO "), acted as financial adviser to United Education Company KAMCO 's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Faisal Sarkhou commented, "We would like to congratulate UEC , our client, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Al Rayan Holding Company . This strategic acquisition further demonstrates KAMCO 's inherent advisory capabilities as one of the leading investment firms in Kuwait and its commitment towards its clients in offering a comprehensive range of investment banking and asset management services. The KAMCO team enjoys a unique understanding of the market and in-depth knowledge of industry trends and regulatory issues facing the modern enterprise in Kuwait and the region. KAMCO as a part of its investment banking platform, provides value added services related to mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, and fund raising through debt and equity instruments."
Established in 1998 with the mission to significantly alter the local and regional investment landscape, KAMCO is a premier investment company based in Kuwait. A subsidiary of United Gulf Bank (UGB) - the investment banking subsidiary of Kuwait Projects (Holding) Company (KIPCO) - KAMCO was listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) in 2003.
After more than thirteen years of conducting business in Kuwait's dynamic investment industry, KAMCO has successfully established a robust reputation for solidity, characterized by its prudent, conservative investment philosophy which has consistently commanded the goodwill of a wide patron-base.
KAMCO 's Asset Management Division specializes in customized portfolio management, access to IPOs, and local and international fund management. The Investment Advisory and Research Division tracks the latest directions and trends across regional and local economies as well as equity markets and offers a range of customized services that focus on maximizing returns, mitigating risks, and maintaining capital appreciation for individual and institutional clients. The Company's Financial Services and Investment Division offers a full range of advisory services on mergers and acquisitions, underwriting, private placements, debt issuance and restructuring, and private equity management.
The Company will further aggressively build upon its core competencies to offer MENA-wide investment management consultancy and services, backed by its proven track-record in stringent risk mitigation, investment product innovation, and a cautious investment approach towards local, regional and international capital markets.
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