Investcorp’s Private Equity Middle East North Africa (PE MENA) team makes investments in mid-cap companies in the MENA region and partners with families/sponsors with both majority or minority investments. We also opportunistically invest in international companies that have strong ties with the region. Since 2008, we have looked at approximately 2,000 opportunities, deploying about US $1.4 billion across 16 investments. Across our 16 portfolio companies, we have executed more than 16 add-on acquisitions to date.
We seek to identify opportunities in fragmented and growing industries and partner with businesses that are leaders in their respective sectors. Our core investment thesis is that the economic transformation in the MENA region and the evolution of the family business model have created opportunities to establish higher-value and larger-scale businesses that require complex and sophisticated processes and enhanced management capabilities. Over the years, we have developed deep regional knowledge in demographics-driven industries, including healthcare, retail and consumer goods, and in the energy sector, logistics and transportation.
Following our investments, we seek to drive growth and value through multiple initiatives. We work with our portfolio companies to improve governance and optimize costs, and we pursue add on acquisitions and revenue growth initiatives. With our strong experience and rigorous and methodical approach throughout the investment lifecycle, we are well positioned to capitalize on the economic growth and diversification of the region. We are proud to have been named the “Firm of the Year: Middle East and Africa” in Private Equity International’s 2018 Awards series.