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MENAFN - Arab News - 03/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Arab News) After the success of abdullatif alissa group holding's investment in tania water bottling company in which wasatah capital acted as financial adviser to abdullatif alissa group wasatah capital remains active in pursuing private equity investments in the food and beverage (f&b) sector as well as the health care and retail sectors. investor sentiment is high as a result of a robust economy a thriving stock market and substantial liquidity held in saudi arabia

'our focus as a company is the high growth businesses that require growth capital or expertise to fuel further expansion. in many instances they need professional investors to partner with them to assist in further developing the business" wasatah capital ceo abdullah al-rasheed said

The saudi market economy remains the largest in the gcc and the drive by the government to diversify its economy away from the oil sector will create substantial investment opportunities in the saudi market

'in saudi arabia given high levels of liquidity and few high quality private equity investment opportunities available in the market it is increasingly important for investors to demonstrate they can add value and contribute to the growth in investee companies" wasatah capital head of private equity and corporate finance shivendra carl singh said

While there are a number of challenges in completing an investment the benefits do outweigh the costs for both investors and investee companies

many investee companies are family businesses that are interested in pursuing proper corporate governance and setting themselves on the path to an ipo.

Investors remain very optimistic on the saudi market and view local private equity investments as a way to earn outsized returns.


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