Regional News

GIB in key role on Byrne Equipment Rental sale

October 2018

GIB Capital, the investment banking arm of Gulf International Bank (GIB), said it had acted as the financial advisor to Al Tala’a International Transportation Company (Al Tala’a or Hanco) on the SR930-million ($253 million) sale of Byrne Equipment Rental to Itqan Investments and Tamar VPower Energy Fund.

 Byrne Equipment Rental is a leading supplier of rental equipment including power rental solutions across the GCC region and has been named one of the top 100 rental companies in the world by International Rental News.

 The company offers equipment rental solutions to a variety of sectors including oil and gas, construction and infrastructure, events, industrial and manufacturing, and marine and ports. The deal also includes other businesses within the Byrne Group, namely Spacemaker (UAE), Byrne Technical Services and Byrne Medical Equipment Rental.

 Hamad Al Sulaiman, the owner and chairman of Itqan, and chairman and CEO of the Byrne Group, said: “The acquisition will support Byrne’s plans to grow into the Asian markets and replicate the success the company has already achieved in the GCC region, and tap into a wider scope of power generation solutions in the GCC region.

 “Our clients here in the GCC will continue to receive an outstanding level of service and will benefit from a growth in our rental fleet, both in terms of size and diversity.”

Tamar VPower Energy Fund is jointly managed by a Hong Kong-based company, VPower Group International, engaged in power generation, and Citic Pacific, a diversified Chinese Government owned conglomerate.

 GIB Capital’s CEO Osamah Shaker said: “This transaction is Citic Pacific’s (Chinese government-owned conglomerate) first investment in the region and signifies the attractiveness of the region for foreign direct investments. We are extremely proud to have been associated with this transaction.”

 “We congratulate Al Tala’a on the successful closure of this deal and wish the buyers the very best for their future endeavours. We look forward to continuing to play a leading role in Saudi capital markets based on our traditional strengths and the strengths of our team,” he added.  

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