Private Equity - Our Approach
The alternative asset management business of Gulf Capital consists of Private Equity, Credit and Real Estate development businesses. We seek to offer medium to long-term investments with risk-adjusted returns.
Gulf Capital's strategy is to utilize our transaction and operating experience to improve the long-term growth and profitability of our portfolio companies. We seek proprietary opportunities that take advantage of our region's strong, emerging market economic and demographic growth prospects and where our transaction expertise makes us a differentiated, value-added partner. We believe that making companies strategically stronger enhances their value and is the key to consistently generating superior investment returns. This value proposition -- built on the concept of partnership is appealing to owners/founders, entrepreneurs, family businesses, management teams, and corporate partners who believe in our ability to help them realize substantial value creation. As a result, our partners often retain meaningful ownership interests to continue their participation in our mutual success.
Our Investment Criteria
Gulf Capital focuses primarily on significant strategic or controlling equity investments in market-leading companies with superior growth prospects, investing where opportunities to enhance returns and minimize risk can be matched with the collective investment experience of the firm's principals.
Gulf Capital employs a highly disciplined, credit-oriented and value-added investment approach grounded in thorough due diligence. We draw upon our transaction and financing experience as we attempt to balance a sharp focus on capital preservation with the delivery of attractive returns. Gulf Capital targets multiple industries that we believe offer the best private investment opportunities, driven by a high growth profile, global competitiveness, multiple barriers to entry, talented management teams, and the potential for transformational change. Our unique access to proprietary deal flow is further enhanced by a network of 250 regional, prominent shareholders and a blue-chip collection of world-class, international, institutional limited partners. Operational improvement is key to much of the value we create and we have a dedicated, exclusive Operations Group, Excellence O2, to help maximize performance. Gulf Capital is a patient investor, typically holding investments for three to five years (longer if necessary) to produce capital gains and attractive multiples of capital, in addition to strong internal rates of return.
Gulf Capital focuses primarily on significant strategic or controlling equity investments in market-leading companies with superior growth prospects, investing where opportunities to enhance returns and minimize risk can be matched with the collective investment experience of the firm's principals. We attempt to create a portfolio that is diversified by transaction type and industry, across multiple markets within the member countries of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) - which includes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait and contiguous geographies in the Middle East, such as Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Typically, each platform transaction deploys between $25 million and $50 million of equity, although this figure can increase through co-investors with whom we partner. With significant un-invested capital, we have a deep pool of resources to invest, along with a global network of strategic relationships, that position us to act quickly on opportunities that we are convinced will benefit our investors.
Gulf Capital works closely with our partners to create businesses of lasting and significant value. We actively invest in our portfolio companies to accelerate their growth and enable them to achieve their strategic objectives. In doing so, Gulf Capital emphasizes the operational health and flexibility of our partner companies, encouraging the use of only modest financial leverage (if any) so that our companies' debt obligations do not impede the realization of their growth plans. Instead of relying on financial engineering to achieve out-sized returns, we assist our partners in identifying, developing, and delivering specific value-creating initiatives in areas such as sales and marketing, manufacturing, quality, distribution, human resources, and financial planning and control. Gulf Capital also provides our portfolio companies with transaction support, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raising (debt or equity). These efforts continue to help drive revenue growth (organically and via acquisition), profit expansion, and expense controls across our portfolio.