Abu Dhabi-based IHC’s subsidiary acquires Inspire Integrated in $10m deal

Eltizam Asset Management will expand its operations in real estate and facilities management services

ABU DHABI - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - 14JAN2013 - Share holders watch the display of share market at (ADX) Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. Ravindranath K / The National

Abu Dhabi-based International Holding Company’s asset management subsidiary has bought Dubai’s Inspire Integrated for Dh37 million ($10.07m) to expand its operations in real estate, infrastructure property management and facilities management services.

Inspire Integrated will continue to operate under the same name, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

“This strategic move will further enhance our position in the region’s real estate and infrastructure sectors in both property and facilities management services,” Chris Roberts, group chief executive of Eltizam, said.

Inspire Integrated specialises in infrastructure and real estate management, facilities management and project delivery services.

The UAE’s real estate market is recovering steadily from the coronavirus pandemic-induced slowdown with Dubai recording property deals worth Dh14.97 billion last month, according to the listings portal Property Finder.

The property market is expected to grow by 7.4 per cent annually between 2021 and 2025 on the back of higher foreign investment and Expo 2020, according to Eltizam.

In the first-quarter of 2021, Abu Dhabi completed real estate transactions worth Dh11.5bn covering 3,847 land, building, and unit agreements and Eltizam aims “to be an integral part of this growth in terms of offering their complementary services”, it said.

“We believe that being part of the Eltizam Group will enable us to accelerate our business growth and allow us to offer better value for money to both our existing and future clients,” Andrew Law, executive director of Inspire Integrated, said.

Listed on Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, IHC aims to boost its portfolio through mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments in a number of sectors including real estate, agriculture, healthcare, food and beverage, utilities and industries.

The company’s acquisition spree in the first six months of 2021 has led to the substantial growth of the company's balance sheet and its value. At the end of June, it had total assets worth Dh58.32bn, up from Dh14.01bn at the end of last year.

During the period, IHC acquired a 60 per cent stake in Afkar Financial and Property Investments, a 48 per cent share in Emirates Driving Company and a 60 per cent interest in Royal Horizon Holding and its subsidiaries, among others.

IHC became Abu Dhabi's most valuable listed company on June 27, when its shares surged by about 15 per cent after the listing of its subsidiary Alpha Dhabi.

Updated: September 8th 2021, 11:36 AM
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