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Olayan Financing Company acquires majority stake in Gulf Union Foods Company

Olayan Financing Company (“OFC”), Jadwa Investment (“Jadwa”) and other shareholders of Gulf Union Foods Company (“GUFC” or “the Company”) announce that they have completed the sale of 51 percent stake in GUFC to OFC. GUFC is one of the leading juice and beverage manufacturing companies in Saudi Arabia and the GCC.

As part of the transaction, Jadwa Investment, a leading Saudi Arabian private equity house and investment bank, has sold the entire 30 percent stake in GUFC that was owned by its Food and Beverage Opportunity Fund (“the Fund” or “Jadwa’s Fund”). Jadwa’s Food and Beverage Opportunity Fund invested in GUFC in December 2009 and is a private Shari’a-compliant closed-end fund established under the laws and regulations of the Capital Market Authority (“CMA”) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr Sulaiman Salih Al Rashoudi, founding shareholder and Chairman of Gulf Union Foods Company, said, “I would like to congratulate Jadwa and OFC for successfully closing this transaction. I would also like to thank Jadwa Investment for their support, which was a key part of our successful growth. The Jadwa team provided world-class advice for our various strategic and business initiatives and enabled us to pursue significant growth opportunities. At the same time, I am delighted to welcome OFC as our majority shareholder, and I look forward to working with them to continue building on GUFC’s success.”

Tariq Al Sudairy, Managing Director and CEO of Jadwa Investment, said, “Since the Fund’s investment in GUFC in 2009, we have been working closely with GUFC shareholders and management on several key strategic and business initiatives. During our holding period, GUFC experienced strong financial performance, registering a compound annual growth rate of 22% in revenues and 14% in net income. We are proud of our partnership with GUFC and wish their shareholders and management team continued success with OFC.”

Jean-Marc Delpon, Olayan Financing Company’s President – Consumer, commented, “OFC has always been a strong believer in Saudi beverage and consumer companies, as we have invested in joint ventures with various local and multinational companies over the years. What attracted us to GUFC was its effectiveness, efficiency, its clear business strategy and its sound management team. We are looking forward to working with the founder, Dr. Sulaiman Al Rashoudi, and his team to take the company to even greater success. Together, we are confident that we can expand our reach to new markets and develop synergies that will enable GUFC to achieve its full potential, today and in the future.”

Gulf Union Foods Company is a Saudi Closed Joint Stock company established in 1996. The company has been in operation since 1999. From 2001 the company started to diversify and introduced other products under various brands. Currently, the company offers juice, nectar, still drinks and floats through 9 brands. GUFC has 12 production lines and 1200 dedicated staff. The company is among the largest players in terms of market share in both Saudi Arabia and the GCC.

For more information, please contact:
Jadwa Investment
Khalid Al Salem
Head of Corporate Communications
Direct: +966 11 211 4833
Email: [email protected]

Olayan Financing Company
Majid Batterjee
Head of Corporate Communication
Direct: +966 11 466 6555
Email: [email protected]

Brunswick Group
Wajih Halawa
Direct: +971 (4) 4466282
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