Source: Arabian Business
Samena completes deal to buy RAK Ceramics stake from UAE
15 June 2014
Investment group Samena Capital said on Sunday it has completed a deal to acquire more than 30 percent of Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics from the firm’s founding shareholder.
Under the terms of the transaction, Samena Capital will be represented on the board of RAK Ceramics, and the two companies will work together to use private equity strategies to unlock new growth opportunities, a statement said. Listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, RAK Ceramics was established in 1989 and today has annual revenues of about $1 billion, led by chairman Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah.
The acquisition was made through Samena Capital’s subsidiary, Samena Limestone Holdings and its consortium of international investors including two Gulf sovereign wealth funds, the statement said.
Shirish Saraf, founder and vice chairman, Samena Capital Investments Ltd, said: “RAK Ceramics stands apart as a home-grown brand that has become a dominant global player within its industry and is a true success of private entrepreneurship from the Arab world. We thank all of our partners for making this deal possible and we look forward to working closely with the RAK Ceramics team to unlock new operational and commercial opportunities.”