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Mumtalakat Bahrain pledges $52m to national budget

MANAMA, October 3, 2017

Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), the sovereign wealth fund of Bahrain, is set to distribute profits of BD20 million ($52.3 million) to the national budget for two consecutive years (distributed equally for 2017 and 2018) in addition to the pursuit of a number of investments, both in and outside the kingdom.

The announcement comes following a recent meeting of the Mumtalakat board of directors.

Commenting on the move, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, the Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of Mumtalakat, said: "Although we continue to finance ourselves independently and meet our debt obligations, which resulted from borrowings to cover the losses of some of our subsidiaries, our investment model remained resilient, leading to a net profit of BD68.9 million ($181 million) in 2016."

"We are pleased to be in a strong position to make a significant contribution to the national budget while also continuing to pursue our investment strategy," remarked Shaikh Khalid.

With a mandate to grow the wealth of Bahrain through long-term investments based on sound financial, strategic and governance principles, Mumtalakat holds stakes in over 50 commercial enterprises with a portfolio spanning a variety of sectors, including industrial manufacturing, financial services, telecommunications, real estate, logistics, consumer products, healthcare and education.

“Since its inception in 2006, Mumtalakat has played an essential role in supporting the local economy by safeguarding and growing the Kingdom’s strategic assets, a source of wealth and employment for generations to come,” he noted.

“In addition to stabilising and driving growth of its important national assets through financing of over BD600 million ($1.5 billion), Mumtalakat aggressively pursued new commercially sound and sustainable investment opportunities while minimising risk exposure across various industries and asset classes,” he added.

CEO Mahmood Hashem Alkooheji lauded Shaikh Khalid and Mumtalakat’s board members for their support and guidance in overseeing the company.

As a product of Bahrain’s long-established diversification efforts, Mumtalakat was created with a mandate to manage and grow a portfolio of strategic and commercial state-owned companies, stated Alkooheji.

As such, it has played a central role over the years driving growth at its local assets while diligently building and diversifying its portfolio both locally and globally.

The decision has been made in accordance to Article 39 of Mumtalakat’s Article of Association which states that a percentage of the company’s net profits shall be transferred to the National Budget, he noted.

In line with Mumtalakat’s role as an asset manager with a vested interest in Bahrain’s economic growth, Mumtalakat has played a pivotal role stabilising the financial position of some of the country’s key assets over the years.

Between 2006 and 2012, Mumtalakat financed the national airline, Gulf Air, with over BD475 million ($1.24 billion) and implemented restructuring initiatives to improve its operational efficiencies. This resulted in a reduction in Gulf Air’s net losses by 86 per cent, said the statement from the sovereign wealth fund.

Other success stories include the enhancement of Alba’s production capacity through an efficiency programme implemented in 2014 and the launch of its line 6 expansion plan due to operate in 2019, making it the largest single site aluminium smelter in the world.

Once complete, the expansion will generate 600 new jobs in the industry.

Similarly, Mumtalakat has formed a number of important joint ventures with leading international players that will collectively create over 1000 new jobs in the Kingdom within the next three years.

As part of its downstream expansion plan, Mumtalakat said it had partnered with Mueller Industries and Cayan Ventures to establish the first regional copper tube manufacturing facility in the kingdom, Mueller Middle East.

Scheduled for operation in 2018, Mueller Middle East will further enhance Bahrain’s manufacturing exports, which currently accounts for 20 per cent of the Kingdom’s GDP.

Since its inception, Mumtalakat has continued to play a prominent role in the Kingdom’s wealth generation through its local investments. To date, the sovereign wealth fund has investments in approximately 30 companies in Bahrain, providing over 14,600 direct employment opportunities within its local portfolio.-TradeArabia News Service




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