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DP World Acquires Dubai-based Marine Logistics’ Provider For $1 Billion

Nermeen Abbas
DP World Acquires Dubai-based Marine Logistics’ Provider For $1 Billion

Dubai-based ports operator DP World has fully acquired the international provider of critical marine logistics and solutions, Topaz Energy and Marine Limited, for an enterprise value of $1.079 billion.

Topaz was owned by Renaissance Services SAOG and Standard Chartered Private Equity / Affirma Capital (SCPEL). It operates a fleet of 117 vessels, predominantly in the Caspian Sea, MENA and West Africa.

Headquartered in Dubai, Topaz reported consolidated revenues of $349 million and EBITDA of $190 million in 2018. The company had a market-leading contract backlog of $1.6 billion as of 31 March 2019.

The new acquisition complements the operations of DP World’s P&O Maritime Services (POMS), which maintains over 300 vessels globally”, according to Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World.

Established in 1970, P&O Maritime Services is a premier marine solutions provider that operates across four segments including Government Marine Services, Port Marine Services, Oil & Gas Marine Services and Cargo Services.

DP World has a portfolio of 78 operating marine and inland terminals, which is supported by more than 50 related businesses in over 40 countries across six continents.

The ports-operator is strengthening its position across the globe by taking over new companies. Last month, a joint venture between DP World and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund acquired a 76% stake in KRIBHCO Infrastructure Limited, an integrated multi-modal logistics operator in India.

DP World has lately partnered with Emaar to develop the Mina Rashid project. Under the deal, DP World will provide the land for the development and receive approximately $450 million between years four and nine and 30% of future profits.

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