The transaction is the first by the Abu Dhabi government-owned financial services company for its new private equity fund - Invest AD Private Equity Partners II. It was structured in the form of a capital increase to assist EKOL fund its expansion plans. (To see more Abu Dhabi investors like Invest AD check our investors directory)
Their full press release follows:
ISTANBUL, Turkey/ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi-based Invest AD has agreed to invest 50 million euros to take a significant minority stake in Ekol Lojistik A.Ş. (EKOL), Turkey's leading integrated logistics company.
The transaction is the first by the Abu Dhabi government-owned financial services company for its new private equity fund - Invest AD Private Equity Partners II. It was structured in the form of a capital increase to assist EKOL fund its expansion plans.
"Our investment is perfectly in line with Invest AD's private equity strategy of partnering with local market leaders and assisting them in their regional expansion," said Samir Assaad, head of private equity at Invest AD.
"We believe EKOL is unique in its sector, differentiated by its focus on innovative and customized solutions. It's very well managed and expanding quickly as trade grows in Europe and the Middle East."
Invest AD's private equity fund, which aims to raise $400 million, is investing in fast growing companies in the Middle East and North Africa region, with a strong focus on Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
The fund is one of several being created by Invest AD - including for listed equities, real estate and infrastructure - to give global institutional investors access to the Middle East and North Africa.
"Turkey has all the most positive traits for investment found in our region - a youthful and growing population, a deep pool of managerial expertise, expanding trade links, an economy that is opening up and fast developing capital markets," said Nazem Fawwaz Al Kudsi, chief executive officer of Invest AD.
EKOL, established in 1990, owns and operates 1,100 vehicles and 16 warehouses in Turkey and one cross-dock facility in Germany. Its team of 2000 people serves a long list of international and national blue-chip clients. The company offers integrated logistics services which include transportation, warehousing, foreign trade consulting and exhibition logistics and a number of value added services.
EKOL has developed an inter-modal transportation network for Europe, with Germany as its focal point, and now aims to build its presence in Southern and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Umur Ozkal, chief executive of EKOL, said the company would use its new capital mostly to develop warehousing operations, but would also consider small acquisitions to expand its international transportation business.
"EKOL now has a strong balance sheet and capital structure, and our aim is to continue developing our road transportation business into Europe and investing in technology-based warehousing solutions for our clients," Ozkal said. "We've already built a strong brand and are in prime position to take advantage of Turkey's pivotal location in international trade flows," he added.
The transaction is pending regulatory approvals.
About Invest AD
Invest AD's private equity team has wide deal-making experience in Europe, the United States and the Middle East and North Africa region, and is focused on adding value to the operations of portfolio companies.
Invest AD - the Abu Dhabi Investment Company - is a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. The company was established in 1977, by decree of the late President of the UAE, H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. After operating for three decades as an investment arm of the Abu Dhabi Government, the company recently expanded its activities by offering investment opportunities to institutional investors, including companies, pension funds, wealth managers, banks, insurance companies, investment platforms and other governments around the world.
Invest AD has a single-minded objective: to offer exceptional Middle East and North Africa investments to clients around the world. Currently, Invest AD's activities include fund management (asset management, private equity, infrastructure and real estate), investment banking (advisory) and management of proprietary assets on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government.
Established in 1990, EKOL is one of the leading logistics companies in Turkey. EKOL's services include international and domestic transportation and warehousing, customs clearance, insurance brokerage and fair and exhibition logistics.
EKOL provides services to clients from a broad range of industries including personal/healthcare, retail, manufacturing, FMCG, technology, chemical, automotive, and textile. The Company's customer portfolio is composed of more than 7,500 clients.
EKOL is regarded as one of the pioneers in warehouse management business in the Turkish market, thanks to its innovative and customized approach in developing warehouse management systems that best suits the customers' requirements.
Ekol has a leading role in Turkish-European LTL, FTL traffic, which is integrated with its national distribution network, enabled through strong partners and use of advanced technology.
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