Gulf Capital acquires IVI-RMA's Middle East for over $100m

Gulf Capital acquires IVI-RMA's Middle East for over $100m
Gulf Capital acquires IVI-RMA's Middle East for over $100m

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Gulf Capital has announced its three-year growth plans for IVI-RMA Middle East, the fastest growing provider of fertility treatment services in the GCC, following its acquisition of 100 per cent of its stake for over $100 million.

The transaction is a corporate carve-out of the Middle Eastern clinics of IVI-RMA, the largest IVF service provider globally, and continues Gulf Capital's strategy of acquiring controlling stakes in market leaders.

Gulf Capital is actively targeting investments within the fast growing and defensive healthcare sector and has identified the fertility sub-sector as a key focus priority, given its expected double-digit growth rates across the region. With increased awareness coupled with the technological advancements in the field, the fertility sector in the GCC is forecasted to continue to grow at more than 15 per cent CAGR annually over the next five years.

The new chapter of IVI-RMA Middle East will see the implementation of an ambitious three-year plan. The plan will see the launch of a new platform-wide brand identity in 2020, the inauguration of a state-of-the-art genetics lab in Abu Dhabi, and expanding the number of clinics by more than three-fold to nine clinics taking the provider to new markets in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. The company and Gulf Capital will also be opportunistically looking at acquisitions in other geographies.

Dr Karim El Solh, CEO of Gulf Capital, said: "We are thrilled to back the strongest management and medical team within the IVF sector regionally. This transaction exemplifies Gulf Capital's tried and tested strategy of acquiring controlling stakes in market leading companies in high growth sectors. IVI-RMA Middle East is the fastest growing IVF service provider in the GCC, and we are excited to be collaborating with its strong management team to take this platform to the next level. The investment in IVI-RMA Middle East is Gulf Capital's largest equity investment to date and is the first corporate carve-out in our Firm's history."

Suresh Soni, CEO of IVI-RMA Middle East, said: "We are excited to partner with Gulf Capital as we embark on our next phase of expansion and growth. The cornerstone of our success is good science and technology, which translates into the best medical outcomes for our patients. We have world-renowned IVF specialists and embryologists working in state-of-the-art facilities. We shall continue to deliver the best treatments and services to our patients so that they receive the best value for their money. Our partnership with Gulf Capital, which has a storied and long history of value addition and operational expertise, will help accelerate our growth internationally and position us as one of the largest global IVF fertility platforms."

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