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Bahrain's Asma Capital buys $147m stake in UAE utility Utico's water business

Asma said aims to invest further with Utico in its other projects and businesses

Bahrain's Asma Capital buys $147m stake in UAE utility Utico's water business
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Bahrain-based investment firm Asma Capital has agreed to buy a stake in the water business of private UAE utility company Utico in a deal worth $147 million, the companies announced.

Asma is buying "a significant minority stake", they said without revealing the exact size. The deal, which includes equity and project finance, will be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

The purchase is being conducted through the IDB Infrastructure Fund II, which is managed by Asma Capital. Asma is owned by sovereign institutions including Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and Public Pension Agency, and the ministries of finance of Bahrain and Brunei.

Asma aims to invest further with Utico in its other projects and businesses, Asma said without elaborating.

Utico, which has investments in the UAE, said it hoped to become involved in projects overseas. In August, it announced it would invest about $185 million to more than double its water desalination capacity in two years.

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Suresh 2 years ago

Congratulations ASMA & UTICO. Utilities business in UAE/ Gulf is booming.....Rapid growth of UTICO reflects the potential in this business.