(MENAFN Editorial) GrowthGate Capital, the GCC specialist investment firm, today announced that its portfolio company Able Logistics Group ("Able") has completed a leveraged recapitalization. GrowthGate Capital had acquired a strategic stake in Able, a Dubai-based logistics and transport service provider, in Q4 of 2007, and over time amassed a controlling stake therein. With this latest recapitalization, and from antecedent dividend repayments, GrowthGate Capital has realized circa 158% return on its original investment, whilst still controlling 70% of Able's equity
GrowthGate Capital intends to set Able on course for an IPO in 2014 in the UAE and is actively engaged in the process of selecting investment bankers for such deal. In light of the immense infrastructure developments (ports, airports, trains and roads) and in anticipation of major events, including but not limited to Expo 2020 in the UAE, an IPO for a logistics and transport company would constitute a landmark deal for the loca stock market.
The recapitalization was led by Bank of Sharjah, which acted as sole adviser and principal lender on the deal. Proceeds from the recapitalization were used, along with cash on hand, to repay existing debt and pay a cash dividend to shareholders. Mr. Haythem M. Macki, a founding partner in charge of managing GrowthGate Capital's portfolio, said: "We are very pleased with our investment in Able, which has performed exceedingly well since becoming part of our portfolio. Through this successful recapitalization, our investors received a significant cash dividend while retaining a controlling ownership of this growing company"
Able remains conservatively leveraged and has the financial flexibility to continue investing in the business to further enhance its value chain. "As GrowthGate, we are excited to support Dr. Ghanem Al Hajiri, founder, Executive Chairman and President of Able, along with the senior management team as they work to capitalize on Able's many exciting growth opportunities including the planned IPO", Mr. Macki added