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|| Saudi and Bahrain investors acquired Byrne for $160 million

vcbank-hanco.jpgVenture Capital Bank Bahrain and Saudi leasing company Hanco has acquired Byrne, a leasing, car rental, and fleet management company for around $160 million.

Established 20 years ago, Byrne is the largest general rental company in the Middle East with 450 employees and 13 offices and rental depots all over the GCC. The sellers in the deal are Havenvest Private Equity Middle East and HSBC Bank Middle East. The transaction was partly financed by UAE's First Gulf Bank.

Venture Capital Bank Bahrain is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BFD126

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Hanco, a leading asset rental and leasing company in the GCC, announced that it has acquired Byrne Investments Limited and its subsidiary companies - Byrne Equipment Rental and Spacemaker (collectively " Byrne ") - from Havenvest Private Equity Middle East Limited Partnership and HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, for a transaction value of around SAR 600 million. Byrne is one of the largest and most diversified equipment rental and modular space providers in the GCC region.

Hamad S. Al Sulaiman, CEO of Hanco said: "The acquisition gives a strong impetus to Hanco's aspirations to be the leader in the MENA region's asset rental and lease market. Byrne 's current GCC market presence and planned expansion dovetails well with our own regional expansion plans, making it an exciting acquisition for us. The company's robust infrastructure, strong management team and talent significantly add to the value we gain from the transaction."

Established more than 20 years ago, Byrne is the largest general rental company in the Middle East with 450 employees and 13 offices and rental depots all over the GCC. With over 20 years of experience, Byrne provides tailor made engineering solutions for complex purpose-built structures that require fast track turn around and innovative transport solutions.

"Following the transaction we aim to be the leader in the GCC for rental and lease of mechanical assets with a combined asset base of close to 30,000 units. We hope to take Byrne into a new growth trajectory and build on its exceptional track record. Synergies between Byrne 's and our other businesses will make Hanco a powerful force in the equipment rental market," added Hanco's CEO.

Venture Capital Bank has joined Hanco in the acquisition and will acquire a 25% stake in Byrne .

The transaction was partly financed by UAE's First Gulf Bank (FGB). GIB Capital and Baker & Mckenzie advised Hanco on the transaction.

Established in 1976, Hanco's main business interests include leasing, car rental, and fleet management. Hanco operates a fleet of more than 20,000 vehicles and has a network of five regional offices, 130 outlets and 14 workshop facilities across Saudi Arabia.

Over the past few years, Hanco's dedication to providing quality operations and personalized service has received several recognitions at the MENA Travel Awards. It was ranked 11th in the Saudi Fast Growth Top 100 Companies awards 2011; and 14th among the Arabia 500 Fastest Growing Companies in 2011.



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