RIYADH — AlRaha AlSafi Food Co, consisting of Almutlaq Group, AlSafi Holding Co., Abunayyan Trading Co. and Essa Al-Ghurair Investment LLC, announced the completion of First Milling Company (MC-1) through the Phase-1 competitive tender of the Saudi flour mills privatization for $540 million (SR2.03 billion).
The transaction is a culmination of extensive work carried out with the National Centre for Privatization (NCP) and the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO). MC-1 is the largest among the four milling companies, which is part of SAGO’s planned privatization of Saudi flour mills and grain silos, previously owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
“The acquisition represents an attractive opportunity for the private sector to invest in one of the largest flour markets in the Middle East and North Africa with high and appealing growth rates, to further boost private sector productivity and improve product quality,” said Tariq Almutlaq, chairman AlRaha AlSafi Food.
“We are extremely excited to participate in this critical basic food industry and we look forward to being part of the realization of Vision 2030 and to accelerate the transformation and growth of the flour milling and feed industry of Saudi Arabia,” said Abdullah Bin Sultan Alkenany, vice chairman AlRaha AlSafi Food.
The transaction team of the AlRaha AlSafi Food Co., for this acquisition, was led by Almutlaq Group – Vincent Bhatt, with advisory support from Canaccord Genuity (Dubai) Ltd., Synergy Consulting, Covington & Burling LLP as sponsors counsel and Ashurst LLP being lenders counsel. Lenders on the transaction were Alinma Bank and Gulf International Bank. — SG
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