GFH completes major acquisition
(Manama) – GFH Financial Group (“GFH”) announced that it has completed the acquisition of $1.2bn infrastructure portfolio in Africa and Middle East.
The acquisition comes as part of GFH’s new strategy approved in the last shareholders’ Extraordinary General Meeting in March 2017 and subsequent to regulatory approvals. The acquisition has been funded by US$ 315mn capital increase taking GFH issued and paid up capital to US$975 million. The portfolio acquired will make GFH one of the key Land Banks with more than 200 million square feet across Africa, GCC and India.
Commenting, Hisham Alrayes, CEO of GFH, said “We are pleased to complete this major acquisition in GFH history today and deliver one of the key milestones in our new strategy. The acquisition adds another main line of business to GFH, Infrastructure Investments, alongside Investment banking, Commercial Banking and Real Estate. We have been able to secure this great deal at a time where we have captured a great acquisition value for GFH shareholders. International and regional reputed developers have expressed their interest to partner with GFH in this portfolio; hence we foresee substantial returns to our shareholders in the medium to long term.”