#Saudi Jadwa Investment announced the conclusion of the public offering of its first Shariah-compliant Real Estate Investment Traded Fund, Jadwa REIT Al-Haramain Fund. The new fund will invest in real estate properties in Makkah and Madinah. The REIT, which has an initial size of SR660 million ($176 million), offered SR360 million worth of units to the general public. Over 5,800 individual and intuitional investors subscribed for SR4.53 billion during the offer period, resulting in a 1.257% coverage of the offered units. Haitham Al-Ghannam, head of alternative investments at Jadwa, said the initial portfolio of the REIT would comprise of two hospitality assets, a four-star hotel and a pilgrim accommodation. Both properties are located in Makkah with a combined capacity of 984 hotel rooms. At its initial offer price of SR10 per unit, the REIT offers net initial yield of 5.2%.
Saudi Arabian investment management and advisory firm Jadwa Investment has completed a distribution agreement with European platform Allfunds Bank (AFB) to offer shariah-compliant mutual funds to international investors across AFB’s global platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Jadwa’s portfolio of public equity and fixed income funds will be accessible across AFB’s worldwide network of 33 countries, including commercial banks, private banking institutions, fund managers, insurance and takaful companies and fund supermarkets. Jadwa Investment will be the only investment firm to provide actively managed and passively managed (indexed) shariah-compliant funds.
Jadwa Investment has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Saudi Mechanical Industries (SMI) by the Jadwa Mechanical Opportunities Fund along with Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (Apicorp). The investment in SMI marks Jadwa’s eighth private equity deal. In 2014, Jadwa completed two major Tadawul listings with Abdulmohsen Al Hokair Group and Al Hammadi Company for Development and Investment, and a full exit via a trade sale with Gulf United Foods Company. Jadwa also announced in September 2014 the full acquisition of Global Environmental Management Services.
Saudi Arabia's Jadwa Investment says it is planning to invest in domestic real estate as it expands into new asset classes, hoping to cash in on booming demand for new homes. Tariq al-Sudairy, managing director and CEO of Jadwa, said the group will focus on the asset class and target major cities like Riyadh, Mecca, Madina. Jadwa would partner with real estate developers to select and execute projects on behalf of clients. Funds would be set up as projects were selected and the size of the investment would be determined on a case-by-case basis. Sudairy said private equity in the kingdom offered significant potential as well. Jadwa itself hopes to seal an unspecified deal as early as the first quarter of 2015.
Zaheeruddin Khalid, director of portfolio management at Saudi-based Jadwa Investment, said that the mutual funds market is dominated by asset managers backed by commercial Banks. However, in the segregated accounts market, Jadwa Investment is one of the major players along with the big five. He moreover explained that Shariah-compliant products investing in Saudi Arabia have generally had performance similar to the conventional products. Shariah-compliant versions of most conventional products are available in the Saudi market. Most innovations are taking place in the private investment product side instead of the public products (mutual funds) because of higher demand for the former, he added.
The "Best Gulf Countries Fund", "Best Gulf Countries Islamic Fund" and "Best Arab Fund"' Awards for 2010 at the Gulf Lipper Fund Awards 2011 were won by Jadwa Investment.
Moreover, Jadwa was given an award on MQ2 Management of Financial Investments rating from Moody's.
The total assets managed by Jadwa Investment att his point stand at SR 7.7 billion.