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Saudi fund of funds enters personal credit score house with $250m funding

Saudi Arabia’s state-backed Jada Fund of Funds has introduced its first foray within the personal credit score house, with a $250m (£197.5m) funding in personal credit score agency Ruya Companions.

Jada’s allocation marks the primary shut of Ruya’s personal capital fund, which is on observe for closing shut by the top of the primary quarter of 2024.

Earlier this 12 months, Jada introduced that it had expanded its funding remit to incorporate personal credit score, however that is the primary time the corporate has allotted funds to the sector.

“This deal is barely the start of Jada’s help for the native personal credit score market, with many extra prone to come quickly,” mentioned Jada’s chief government Bandr Alhomaly.

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“Our new technique reinforces our dedication to offering revolutionary and versatile funding options to advertise personal sector-led development and financial diversification beneath the Kingdom’s Imaginative and prescient 2030.”

Ruya’s fund supplies bespoke funding options to Saudi-based firms. Rashid Siddiqi, founding associate of Ruya Companions, thanked Jada for its funding and confirmed the corporate’s dedication to “offering non-dilutive personal credit score capital options to mid-market firms in conditions the place conventional financing shouldn’t be out there or accessible.”

“We’re witnessing a renaissance within the Center East, led by the numerous help from regional sovereign wealth funds and institutional traders like Jada Fund of Funds which might be empowering corporations like Ruya to assist mid-market obtain versatile credit score options to their development wants,” added Omar Alyawer, associate at Ruya.

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Jada was established by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund in 2018. It was seeded with funding capital of roughly $1bn, and given a remit to supply funding to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the kingdom.

It has beforehand made investments within the enterprise capital and personal fairness areas.

“Our collaboration with Ruya Companions displays our strategic imaginative and prescient to boost the function of SMEs,” added Rawan AlJermawi, head of personal fairness at Jada.

“By supporting personal credit score funding funds, we contribute to the expansion and diversification of the funding sector aligning with our dedication to impactful and forward-looking investments.”

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