Rexam buys majority stake in Saudi beverage cans maker

Updated 13 February 2014
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Rexam buys majority stake in Saudi beverage cans maker

JEDDAH: Beverage cans maker Rexam said it bought a 51 percent stake in Saudi Arabia’s United Arab Can Manufacturing Ltd, a supplier to The Coca-Cola Co, for $122 million as part of its strategy to expand in emerging markets.
Rexam, which makes cans for Coca-Cola, PepsiCo. Inc. and Heineken, said UAC’s plant in Dammam has an annual capacity of 1.8 billion cans.
UAC had earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of about $29 million in 2012, London-based Rexam said.
“Growth prospects for the beverage can in the Middle East are attractive,” Rexam CEO Graham Chipchase said.
The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014.
Rexam, which set up an office in Dubai last year to focus on Africa, the Middle East and Asia, said in November that it expected emerging markets such as Brazil and India to perform well in 2014.
UAC’s shareholders include Olayan Financing Company, Aujan Industries Co, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Saudi Arabia and Al-Jabr Trading Company.
Rexam recently sold the bulk of its health care packaging business to Montagu Private Equity for $805 million in cash to focus on making beverage cans.
Rexam is due to report its full-year results on Feb. 20.
Shares in the company were up marginally at 511 pence at 1510 GMT on the London Stock Exchange.


Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

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Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

  • Kingdom is home to three quarters of region's foundations
  • Combined asets of global foundations is $1.5 trillion

Nearly three quarters of philanthropic foundations in the Middle East are concentrated in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Institute with funding from Swiss bank UBS, also found that resources were highly concentrated in certain areas with education the most popular area for investment globally.

That trend was best illustrated in the Kingdom, where education ranked first among the target areas of local foundations.

While the combined assets of the world’s foundations are estimated at close to $1.5 trillion, half have no paid staff and small budgets of under $1 million. In fact, 90 percent of identified foundations have assets of less than $10 million, according to the Global Philanthropy Report. 

Developed over three years with inputs from twenty research teams across nineteen countries and Hong Kong, the report highlights the magnitude of global philanthropic investment.

A rapidly growing number of philanthropists are establishing foundations and institutions to focus, practice, and amplify these investments, said the report.

In recent years, philanthropy has witnessed a major shift. Wealthy individuals, families, and corporations are looking to give more, to give more strategically, and to increase the impact of their social investments.

Organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have become increasingly high profile — but at the same time, some governments, including India and China, have sought to limit the spread of cross-border philanthropy in certain sectors.

As the world is falling well short of raising the $ 5-7 trillion of annual investment needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, UBS sees the report findings as a call for philanthropists to work together to scale their impact.

Understanding this need for collaboration, UBS has established a global community where philanthropists can work together to drive sustainable impact.

Established in 2015 and with over 400 members, the Global Philanthropists Community hosted by UBS is the world’s largest private network exclusively for philanthropists and social investors, facilitating collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Josef Stadler, head of ultra high net worth wealth, UBS Global Management, said: “This report takes a much-needed step toward understanding global philanthropy so that, collectively, we might shape a more strategic and collaborative future, with philanthropists leading the way toward solving the great challenges of our time.”

This week Saudi Arabia said it would provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid in Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The UAE also this week said it had contributed $192 million to a housing project in Afghanistan through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.