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Abu Dhabi's ADQ to buy Jordanian firm from founders, Carlyle

Al-Nabil, which produces frozen and chilled food products such as chicken and pastries, was said to be valued at about $300 million in June

Abu Dhabi's ADQ to buy Jordanian firm from founders, Carlyle

Washington-based Carlyle in 2013 bought a minority stake in Al-Nabil.

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ is close to buying a Jordanian frozen food processor from its founders and the Carlyle Group LP, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The company, formerly known as Abu Dhabi Development Holding Co, is set acquire most of Al-Nabil Food Industries Co. from the Al-Nabil family and Carlyle, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Moelis & Co. is advising Al-Nabil and Carlyle on the sale, they said.

Al-Nabil, which produces frozen and chilled food products such as chicken and pastries, was said to be valued at about $300 million, Bloomberg reported in June, people with knowledge of the matter said at the time.

Representatives for ADQ, Al-Nabil, Carlyle and Moelis all declined to comment.

Buying spree

Set up in 2018 as a holding company for some of the United Arab Emirates’ biggest assets including Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, Abu Dhabi Airports Co and a number of hotel and tourism facilities, ADQ has been on a buying spree.

The company, chaired by Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, last week said it acquired the 30% of shares in National Petroleum Construction Co. it didn’t already own.

Washington-based Carlyle in 2013 bought a minority stake in Al-Nabil, which was founded in 1945, through its Carlyle MENA Partners, a fund focused on the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. In the Middle East, Carlyle still owns stakes in Saudi Arabia’s Alamar Foods and Turkey’s Penti, according to its website.

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