The Advisory and Investment Committees of the Spain-Oman Spain Private Equity Fund have started their activity with a meeting that took place in Muscat, Oman. The meeting was attended by heads of the management team of COFIDES and the Omani sovereign fund State General Reserve Fund (SGRF), as well as members of MCH.
With the celebration of the first Investment Committee, the fund has started its activity effectively and MCH is making progress in the development of its investment portfolio. MCH is a private equity manager selected by COFIDES and SGRF through a public tender that was attended by other companies to develop this fund independently.
The Oman-Spain Private Capital Fund emerged after memorandum of understanding signed in different areas during the royal visit of His Majesty King Juan Carlos to Oman in 2014.
SGRF and FIEX / COFIDES are the exclusive investors of the fund, together with the additional commitment of MCH. It contemplates a joint investment between Oman and the Spanish public sector, in which each party subscribes a contribution of 100 million euros.
The fund will invest in Spanish mid-cap companies that have plans for international growth and the interest of benefiting both countries. The main sectors of the fund are construction materials, manufacturing, mining, tourism, logistics, the health sector, infrastructure, energy, food and the agri-food sector.
The fund will allow Oman to benefit from the experience and technological knowledge of Spanish companies through the creation of employment, technology transfer and investment profitability. It will also provide Spanish companies with a new financing instrument to encourage their expansion abroad, the consolidation and growth of the parent company and, at the same time, contribute to the development of Oman and Spain.
The General Reserve Fund of the State (SGRF), was constituted by Royal Decree 1/80 in 1980. On behalf of the Government of Oman, the SGRF manages the reserves under its charge to achieve the best possible long-term benefits with acceptable risks, by investing in a diversified portfolio of asset types in more than 40 countries around the world.
COFIDES is a public-private partnership that since 1988 offers financial support to the investments of Spanish companies abroad. Exclusively manages the FIEX and FONPYME funds on behalf of the Secretary of State for Commerce, attached to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Competitiveness. Its shareholders also include Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Banco Santander, Banco Sabadell and CAF-Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina.
MCH Private Equity is a private equity firm based in Madrid focused on middle market companies. Since its creation in 1998, it has advised 4 funds (MCH Iberian Capital Fund I, II, III and IV) with a total of assets under management of 850 million euros. In addition, MCH manages the divestment of the companies still in the AC Capital Development II portfolio and a fund (Unigrains UAF) specialized in the agriculture and food sector, in collaboration with Unigrains.
MCH Iberian Capital Fund IV is the most recent investment vehicle with committed capital of 350 million euros and an objective investment ticket of between 20 and 80 million euros. The investment base of these funds is mainly constituted by international institutional investors, funds of funds and important family offices.