The Corporate Investments department guides investment strategies and execution for SEDCO Holding. The team informs the Group’s real estate, direct and international financial investments. It also acts as expert consultant for group companies.
A review during the year focused on consolidating Group activities in line with Focus 2025 strategy. A roadmap for the next five years was created towards monetizing assets, optimizing businesses into verticals, and deriving sector-specific synergy to create vertical value chains.
2018 presented opportunities for investments both locally and internationally. Investment was channeled towards sectors prioritized by Saudi Vision 2030 and SEDCO Holding’s Focus 2025 strategy – including tourism, education and healthcare.
Several promising opportunities were initiated to acquire new businesses, add new business lines, or add capacity. Co-investments were made in healthcare, industrial technology and fitness.
During the year, Arabian Farms launched its broiler farm expansion in the UAE, Dar Al Fouad opened its second Cairo facility, Nasr City Hospital, and development started on Yusr International Schools’ new state-of-the-art campuses. Investments were made in human capital – the Group’s most important asset – as a number of new managers were hired across the operating companies.
2019 will see further asset allocation optimization in line with the Focus 2025 strategy. The Corporate Investments team will align with the Group’s sector-specific focus to meet risk-adjusted return targets. The team will support operating companies in their pivot towards Focus 2025, and help them build flexible and agile business models that can respond to changing market conditions.