PIF acquires 25% stake in Emaar Economic City (EEC)

Press Releases
27 September 2021 Riyadh, KSA
  • The transaction is in line with PIF’s Strategy 2021-2025, which focuses on building strategic economic partnerships
  • Deal provides an opportunity to leverage synergies between PIF’s ecosystem and EEC
  • The transaction will improve the primary infrastructure of Saudi Arabia and support economic development
The Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Emaar, the Economic City (EEC) announced today the completion of their transaction, through which PIF will become a major shareholder in EEC with a 25 percent stake. The transaction was completed after obtaining required regulatory approvals.

The transaction involved the novation to PIF of SAR 2.8 billion ($755 million) of EEC’s debt. Post the completion of the novation, PIF has become an equity investor in EEC following the issuing of new shares by debt conversion.

PIF’s strategic investment will provide an opportunity to leverage synergies between EEC and PIF’s ecosystem in the real estate, manufacturing, logistics and tourism sectors.

PIF believes that the transaction will also accelerate the development of EEC by establishing King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) as a great enabler of socio-economic development in Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, the investment will aim to unlock the capabilities of promising non-oil sectors to enhance Saudi Arabia’s efforts to diversify revenue sources, create strategic and operational value, improve the primary infrastructure, and support economic development.

Eng. Aiman AlMudaifer, Head of PIF’s Local Real Estate Division, said, “We are pleased to conclude this transaction. It has the potential not only to be a win-win for PIF and EEC but also to deliver wider benefits for the broader Saudi economy in line with the aims set out in Saudi Vision 2030.

“Our investment in EEC aligns with our broader 2021-2025 strategy, which aims to build strategic economic partnerships through PIF and unlock the capabilities of promising sectors in the Kingdom, including transportation, logistics, real estate and tourism.”

Cyril Piaia, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar, the Economic City, the master developer of King Abdullah Economic City – said, “We welcome the Public Investment Fund as a major shareholder in Emaar, the Economic City. This is a significant milestone for KAEC that will accelerate its role as a socio-economic development platform in Saudi Arabia and will enable it to contribute its share to the goals and objectives of vision 2030. We are excited to the prospect of this strategic partnership and its potential to contribute to the development and achievement of the national agenda.”