Malabar Gold & Diamonds opens outlets in 6 countries on the same day

Officials of Malabar Gold & Diamonds address a press conference in Dubai.
Updated 12 January 2018
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Malabar Gold & Diamonds opens outlets in 6 countries on the same day

Malabar Gold & Diamonds has announced the opening of 11 new showrooms simultaneously across six countries on Jan. 12 including eight in the Gulf region, taking the total number of outlets to 208 spread across nine countries.
This is the first time that an Indian jewelry retailer has opened showrooms in six countries the same day.
The new showrooms would be located in Al-Khail Mall, Al-Hazana Lulu, Al-Buhaira Lulu, Sahara Centre, Ajman City Centre in the UAE, Mall of Qatar, Lagoona Mall in Qatar, Muscat City Centre in Oman, AMK Hub in Singapore, Ampang Mall in Malaysia, and Warrangal in Telangana, India.
“The opening of 11 showrooms on the same day across six countries reflects our strong conviction and confidence in the overall growth of the gold and diamond sector, despite challenging circumstances in certain markets. We are getting wide acceptance in the global market. This is also one of the reasons we are expanding our global presence. Our core business values such as adherence to transparency, honesty, quality along with our value-added services, product designs suited to every class of customers’ taste cutting across age group are the key factors that give us global acceptance,” MP Ahammed, chairman of Malabar Group, said at a press conference in Dubai.
Currently, Malabar Gold & Diamonds has 197 showrooms of which 90 are in India and the remaining 107 showrooms are located in other countries. The rapid expansion of showrooms across geographies is part of the group’s strategy to fast expand its global footprint. In 2017, Malabar Group opened 27 showrooms in different countries.
“Despite the bull-run of crypto-currency, introduction of general sales tax (GST) in India and value-added tax (VAT) in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, we believe that the gold and diamond trade will sustain growth in the long run and will remain as the best commodity for investment and as a saving instrument in addition to being used as jewelry. As consumers adjust to the new tax regimes in different countries, we believe the market will record stronger growth as people adjust their budgets for ornaments,” said Abdul Salam KP, group executive director of Malabar Group.
“In 2018, we will be opening more showrooms as well as manufacturing units. This will fuel our vision to become the top jewelry retailer in the world.”
Shamlal Ahammed, managing director of Malabar Gold & Diamonds’ international operations, said: “In 2018, we will be expanding into new horizons, marking our presence in countries such as the US, Sri Lanka, Brunei, and Bangladesh. As part of its global expansion plans, Malabar Gold & Diamonds will be opening another 50 showrooms in different formats in various countries this year.”
It has decided to organize a grand ceremony at Lulu Al- Hazana in Sharjah to celebrate the milestone of reaching 200 showrooms globally.
The upcoming showrooms of the group are at Abbasiya (Kuwait), Mannarkad, Mall of Travancore (Kerala), Forum Mall — Bangalore (Karnataka), Himayat Nagar — Hyderabad, Kondapur — Hyderabad, Karim Nagar (Telangana), Noida (UP), South Extension (Delhi), Vashi — Mumbai, Thane — Mumbai, Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Rajkot, Surat (Gujarat) and Ludhiana (Punjab).
In India, the company currently operates manufacturing units in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, West Bengal and in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.
Asher O, managing director of India Operations of Malabar Gold & Diamonds, said: “The group is planning to set up more showrooms as well as manufacturing units in the country, eventually generating more employment opportunities and enhancing initiatives like ‘Make in India’ being implemented by the Indian government.”


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.