Gulf Capital, an Abu Dhabi-based private-equity company, is planning investments in the health care, food, and oil and gas industries across the Persian Gulf, each worth up to $100 million, a senior executive said.
“2012 is going to be our most productive year both on entry and exits,” Chief Executive Officer Karim El Solh said in an interview on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai. ’’We’re closing deals at a pace of one deal a quarter. Our average equity cheque is $50 to $100 million.’’
The company is “particularly excited about Egypt” because of its “attractive valuations,” and is looking at possible deals throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council region, which includes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, El Solh said.
Gulf Capital, set up in 2006, is using funds from its $533 million GC Equity Fund II for investments. More than half of the funds have been used so far and the company recently launched a $300 million credit mezzanine fund to provide growth capital and acquisition finance to companies, El Solh said.
Gulf Capital bought an 82.7 percent stake in power generation services company Sakr Energy Solutions FZCO in January. The company expects to sell two investments in the oil and gas industries this year, El Solh said.
“From July 2011 to July 2012 we’re working on over $1 billion of exits,” he said. “We’re very focused on trade sales.”