|10 June, 2019

KAMCO: Kuwait Education Fund achieves 56% returns on investments

Fund also distributed cash dividends of $19million to the unit holders in 2017

Kuwait City: KAMCO Investment Company, a leading investment company with one of the largest AUMs in the region, announced that Kuwait Education Fund (under liquidation) (“KEF”), a private equity fund aimed at supporting  and developing education in the private and public sectors in Kuwait, has recorded a Return on Investment (ROI) of 56% since the Fund’s inception on April 11, 2007 until it was fully liquidated on 25 November 2018. 

KAMCO, in its capacity as the fund liquidator, reported that in addition to the impressive returns yielded, the Fund also distributed cash dividends of USD 19 million to the unitholders in 2017, representing proceeds from partially exiting some of the Fund's investments. Which is in line with the unitholders’ strategy to liquidate the Fund's assets and retrieve its capital in full. KAMCO liquidated Kuwait Education Fund (under liquidation) pursuant to the unitholders’ resolution issued in the Fund’s unitholders Assembly held on October 31, 2018 (fund termination and liquidation), as per the announcement published in issue number 1420, dated November 2018 of the official gazette, Kuwait Al-Youm. After finalizing the liquidation process KAMCO held the Fund’s final Assembly on May 13, 2019, to present the Fund’s liquidation process and the Fund’s final accounts to the Fund’s unitholders. As on 21 May 2019, the Capital Market Authority had cancelled the Fund’s registration from the Funds register at the Authority.

KAMCO explained that despite the difficult and volatile economic conditions during the financial crisis, the prudent investment decisions taken by KEF’s Fund Manager and the successful exit strategies that target securing the Fund's capital, have contributed to the profitable returns on investments to its unitholders. The Fund’s Net Asset Value (NAV) as on November 25, 2018 (the date of liquidation) stood at approximately USD 40 million, the net proceeds were distributed to the Fund’s unitholders within three months of liquidation date.

The Company expressed its satisfaction for achieving outstanding exit proceeds for KEF’s unitholders in spite of the challenges facing the financial and regional markets, and extended its gratitude to the Fund's valued clients for their confidence and trust in the Company.

The Kuwait Education Fund was established with the objective of investing in distinct educational programs in Kuwait and abroad, while preserving capital and earning returns from unique investment opportunities.

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KAMCO Investment Company K.S.C (Public) is a premier investment company based in Kuwait. The Company is one of the leading investment providers in the Gulf region in terms of assets under management (AUM) and is regulated by the Capital Markets Authority.

Established in 1998 and listed on the Boursa Kuwait in 2003, KAMCO is a subsidiary of United Gulf Bank (UGB). In 2018, KAMCO acquired a majority stake of 69.528% in Global Investment House K.S.C.C. (“Global”).

The Company has established itself as a regional leader in providing innovative products and services to its clients, enabling it to increase AUM to over USD 13.8 billion (as of 31 March 2019) and achieve a strong track record of 141 successful investment banking transactions worth around USD20.4 billion (as of 31 March 2019).

With almost two decades worth of experience in conducting business with in investment industry, KAMCO has successfully established a robust reputation in the region, driven by its performance, prudent and conservative investment philosophy, solid business model and fundamental belief in implementing the highest standards of transparency, which has consistently commanded the goodwill of a wide and growing patron-base.

Through its strategy, the Company aims to continue building upon its core competencies to provide the MENA region with innovative investment management consultancy and services, in addition to financial services that meet the needs of clients through value-added investment products and a cautious investment approach that is supported by an experienced team and strong track record.

KAMCO Investment Company (DIFC) Limited (KAMCO DIFC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of KAMCO Investment Company, incorporated in the Dubai International Financial Centre and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. 

Further information:                                                 

Amr Hassan
Assistant Vice President
Investor Relations Officer
Marketing Department
T: +965 2233 6697
M: +965 9729 9217
Amr.Hassan@kamconline.com 

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