UAE’s pioneered investment major Waha Capital announces investment net worth Dh184m in Despegar.com-A Latin American online travel company

A UAE’s pioneered Investment major, Waha Capital PJSC, counting the Mubadala Investment firm as one of its shareholders, had made it official announcement of pooling in an investment net worth staggering AED 184 Million (US$50 Million) in a leading NYSE-listed company Despegar.com in the online travel sector.

This initiative is taken in wake of fulfilling the firm’s mandate for investing in excess of $150 Million net worth of investments across US-listed firms, that encores the part of Waha Capital’s progress strategy for its Private Investments portfolio. Via a private placement deal, the duo has consented for entering such a private placement deal, wherein Waha Capital will invest in series B preferred shares that can be convertible into ordinary shares for an aggregate purchase price of AED 184 million (US$50 million).

The firm Despegar.com has emerged as one of the most trusted as well as the most recognized brands within the Latin America region as it has been touted as the pioneer in online travel. The firm provides its clients a huge diversified choice of options to opt from, aided well alongside the partners as well as travel suppliers, an all-inclusive and pioneering technology platform for dealing the supply of their products.

The Chief executive Amr Al Menhali, who took charge of the firm in September 2019, stated that “As is proven from the firms lately announced track records from its first half Financial outcomes, they are in pursuit of opting a dynamic turnaround approach for bolstering the position of the brand Waha Capital for enjoying a transformed expansion in the future. The firm is also equally optimistic that the one of its kind of investment strategy opted alongside Despegar.com will uphold a firm footing for them to deliver pointedly higher forthcoming returns for their shareholders as they can successfully steer past the effect of Covid-19 and look to the future with their heads held higher.”

Mr. Menhali further elaborated on the reason behind the partnership with Despegar.com, pointing out that “They are highly enthusiastic for partnering out an investment in leading technology company Despegar.com who are hugely engrossed on the travel sector, with the best-in-class platform, reputable brand leadership, and as well as a high quality management team.”

Mr. Menhali had also further added that during May 2020, that Waha Capital as a pioneered investment major in UAE region, is all set to make an investment of net aggregated worth of $150 Mn (Dh 550.8 Mn) in a number of US-enlisted firms in varied segments like

  • Finance,
  • Health care and Hospitality services,
  • Telecoms,
  • FinTech and
  • E-commerce

Mr. Menhali, further stated to The National in May that, “There are plethora of opportunities that needs to be unearthed, every single time there is huge crisis and COVID-19 Pandemic is one such time frame.”

Despegar.com, the firm that is listed in the NYSE, provides better wings of expansion for Waha Capital.com investment portfolio into an all new region as well as sector.

The NYSE enlisted online travel sector pioneer Despegar.com provides direct access to in excess of 270 airlines, 6,90,000 hotels, 1,260 car rental agencies as well as in excess of 200 terminal service suppliers across the Latin American territory. The firm Waha Capital further stated that “During the upcoming years, the Latin American territories online travel bookings are going to witness huge acceleration, once the COVID-19 Pandemic effect gets subdued.”

The investment major Waha Capital will also ne in pursuit to appoint a representative to Despegar.com’s board of directors. Having two business segments – A private investment arm directly investing in hugely-budding organizations, as well as an Asset Management segment providing core investments for the proprietary and third-party funds in globally listed equities and credit.

“Factors driving the progress in online travel bookings embrace the upsurge of internet penetration, additional adoption of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices and an upward middle class with better access to banking services and credit products.”

Waha Capital’s investment portfolio embraces Dubai-based FinTech Channel VAS, Dunia Finance, National Energy Services Reunited as well as Petronash Holdings.

It sold its bet among New York plane leasing enterprise AerCap final year in a act so generated Dh933m of internet cash.

Waha Capital, which was started during 1997, also plans in conformity with open a Sharia-compliant savings by the cease regarding that year, including truss funding that is in $30m and $50m according to invest between equities yet sukuk.

The investment agency swung to earnings of the 2nd quarter on that year concerning the again on a greater operating income. Net profit attributable in conformity with owners on the agency because of the duration closing June 30 stood at Dh267.2m, in contrast along a diminishing value of Dh124.3m at some stage in the same period during the closing year.

Waha Capital received out a comment concerning its business between the 2d half of final year. Total property at the cease of the previous year stood at Dh9.3 billion, below beyond Dh11.6bn among the preceding year.

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