Bahrain's Ibdar Bank eyes larger deals after three-way merger

Bahrain's Ibdar Bank was launched as a brand on Monday following the merger of Capivest, Elaf Bank and Capital Management House, after more than a year of negotiations between the Bahraini lenders and authorities. Ibdar hopes to leverage the combined expertise of its predecessor banks and a larger balance sheet to win business. The Islamic lender now has $300 million of paid up capital, $329 million in equity and assets of $360 million, which it hopes can help it win deals in its focus areas of capital markets, private equity and real estate. Ibdar is not leveraged and will retain Elaf Bank's licence in Malaysia to support a geographical scope that includes the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Three Islamic banks in Bahrain plan merger

The three Bahraini Islamic investment Banks Capivest, Elaf Bank and Capital Management House have agreed to merge in order to better compete in a fragmented market. The combination will create a bank with assets of $400 million which should be able to win larger projects while benefiting from a more diverse balance sheet. Kuwait Finance House advised the lenders on the merger. The deal must still be approved by Bahrain's central bank and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

Bahraini Islamic banks in rare merger

The three Bahraini Islamic banks Capivest, Elaf Bank and Capital Management House have completed their merging into a single entity with total assets worth over $400m and total equity of around $340m. Shareholders had given their approval to the tie-up at the end of June. Advisors on the three-way merger were Deloitte and law firms Trowers & Hamlins and Elham Ali Hassan and Associates.

KFH-Bahrain completes merger of three banks

The merger between three Islamic banks based in Bahrain - Elaf Bank, Capital Management House and Capivest - has been successfully closed by Kuwait Finance House-Bahrain (KFH-Bahrain). The merger will enable a strengthened financial institution with a total equity reaching approximately $340 million. The total assets in excess will be $400m spanning the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), Europe and Asia. KFH-Bahrain played the role of transaction and lead adviser. The discussions and procedures started in late 2011 leading now to the creation of a robust merged entity which is more competitive in the field of global Islamic banking and investment industry.

Three Bahraini Islamic banks to merge by 2012-end

The central bank of Bahrain has given its confirmation to the merge of Capivest, Elaf Bank and Capital Management House (CMH). The three Islamic lenders will merge into a $400m asset base and $350m shareholder equity entity will get underway before the end of 2012. Ratification of the decision of the three banks by the apex lender and the industry and commerce ministry is expected in June.

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Capivest acquires 9% of Naseej and cash in deal totaling over $30m

Bahrain-based Capivest successfully closed $30m plus deal with Cemena Holding Company B.S.C. and now owns 9% of Naseej—a fully-integrated real estate and infrastructure Development Company to focus on mega projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The deal that was closed last month and awarded Capivest cash in addition to the Naseej shares to settle the balance of the remaining dues from the sale of Falcon Cement Company to Cemena Holding Company in June 2008.

Capivest to support Jewellery Arabia Manama

Capivest, a Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank, will support Jewellery Arabia 2010, the region’s largest and most prestigious jewellery and watch exhibition, as a sponsor.
Jewellery Arabia will be held at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre from October 26 to 30 under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain.

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