Al Masah Capital bags ‘Best MENA Asset Manager 2017’ award

AMCL’s management and employees won one of the highest honors at the recently held MENA Fund Manager Performance Awards ceremony.
Updated 08 February 2017
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Al Masah Capital bags ‘Best MENA Asset Manager 2017’ award

Al Masah Capital (AMCL) added another feather to its cap by winning the prestigious “Best MENA Asset Manager 2017” award at the recently held MENA Fund Manager Performance Awards ceremony.
Al Masah Capital’s industry peers and MENA FM’s judging panel recognized AMCL’s incredible growth story of the last six years and awarded the company, its management and employees one of the highest honors of the night.
Shailesh Dash, founder and CEO of AMCL, said: “A remarkable achievement and recognition for a group of people that deserve all the praise; we always envisioned setting a newer and higher standard for fund management performance and we are delighted and humbled that our industry peers hold us in such high esteem.”
AMCL SEO, Saikat Kumar added: “This award is a testament to the team; over the last six years this team has worked hard to achieve new goals and elevate themselves above the competition. We are very happy to receive such recognition as it shines a light on all the years of determination, sweat and tears put in by the management and the team.” 
Head of asset management, Akber Naqvi, said: “Al Masah Capital has always prided itself on recognizing an opportunity, being smart, flexible and dynamic to capture this opportunity and placing itself at the heart of the next cycle, thereby ensuring a rate of return for its investors and shareholders that is peerless; the regional asset management industry is changing, adapting and growing and this award shows that AMCL is equipped and ready to be at the forefront of the evolution.”
Al Masah Capital added the “Best MENA Asset Manager 2017” award to its long list of awards won over the years, including, “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual,” “Best PE House,” “Best PE Fund,” “Best Newcomer Fund,” and “Best IPO Fund.”


Ma’aden acquisition supports Vision 2030

Updated 24 April 2019
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Ma’aden acquisition supports Vision 2030

The acquisition of an African fertilizer distribution company by Ma’aden, the largest Saudi mining company, will advance Ma’aden’s Strategy 2025, which includes plans to expand operations in the Kingdom and grow sales globally. The acquisition will also support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which seeks to diversify the economy, increase non-oil exports, boost the Kingdom’s non-oil GDP, and reinforce the mining sector as the third pillar of Saudi industry, after oil and gas and petrochemicals. 

Ma’aden will make its first international acquisition with the purchase of the Mauritius-based Meridian Group, which is due to be completed by September for an undisclosed fee.

The publicly-listed Saudi mining company will acquire an 85 percent stake in the company in an all-cash deal that will provide one of the Middle East’s largest phosphate producers with 3,000 staff and a network of operations across southern Africa, from Malawi to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Phosphate is used to produce fertilizer that is essential in replacing the phosphorous mineral that is removed from soil when agricultural crops are harvested. 

“This acquisition marks a very important step in Ma’aden’s strategy to build global distribution channels for our fertilizer products,” said Darren Davis, president and chief executive of Ma’aden. “As we continue to build one of the largest producers and exporters of phosphate fertilizers in the world, ensuring an efficient route to key growth markets is critical to our success.” 

Agriculture forms a significant portion of the economies of all African countries. As a sector, it can therefore contribute to major continental priorities, such as eradicating poverty and hunger. The agri industry can also boost intra-Africa trade and investments, rapid industrialization and economic diversification, sustainable resource and environmental management, and create jobs, human security and shared prosperity.

The Southeast African market, like most of the African continent of 1 billion people, is experiencing increased demand for phosphate fertilizers which industry analysts expect to continue growing by 5 percent annually over the next decade, fueled by population growth and increasing education in the use of fertilizers.

“Ma’aden is acquiring unparalleled access to complementary distribution, blending and product-development capabilities in this fast-growth region,” said Hassan Al-Ali, Ma’aden’s senior vice president for phosphate. “This transaction will provide us with logistics advantages in Southeast Africa, and greater knowledge of on-the-ground customer requirements, both of which will be instrumental in better serving our customers.”

The Saudi global mining giant will secure the remaining 15 percent of Meridian’s equity over four years on agreed terms linked to the performance of the African company, which distributes approximately half-a-million tons of fertilizer through its network of granulation and blending plants, warehousing complexes and port facilities. 

HSBC acted as Ma’aden’s financial adviser on the deal and Baker McKenzie was the Saudi company’s legal adviser for this acquisition.