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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Established to contribute to the strength of the Kingdom’s economy.​​

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 Direct Investments

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Direct Investments

Sanabil Investments focuses on making direct equity investments in private companies and projects. Our goal in this regard is to acquire influential minority stakes with appropriate minority protection rights and board representations to ensure the implementation of our investment thesis and strategy. While our primary objective in making direct investments is to optimize returns, we take other factors into consideration when investing, including the investment’s potential role in contributing to the development of the Saudi​ economy, the transfer of expertise and technology to the local markets, as well as contribution towards national priorities.

 Public Equity

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Public Equity

Sanabil’s Public Equity Strategy provides broad exposure to global equity securities. The Strategy seeks to add alpha through tactical positioning across sub-asset classes and through external manager selection. The Strategy is diversified by geography, industry and investment style, and comprised of long-only and long-biased strategies in both Global Developed Markets and Global Emerging Markets. Public Equity assets are included as part of Sanabil’s overall investment portfolio to fulfill the following roles:

  • To deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns through dividend income and capital appreciation.
  • To provide diversification and low correlations with other asset classes in Sanabil’s investable universe.
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 Private Equity

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Private Equity

Sanabil’s Private Equity Program aims to develop a diversified portfolio across various geographies, sectors, strategies and vintage years. Program investments include commitments to private equity funds or partnerships, opportunistic acquisitions of secondary interests in private equity funds and selective co-investments alongside General Partners.

Sanabil seeks to achieve superior risk-adjusted returns by investing with top-tier private equity fund managers around the globe and becoming a long term strategic partner. Sanabil targets fund managers that have demonstrated persistent outperformance along with high levels of governance, alignment, and transparency. The Private Equity team leverages its global industry network and conducts its own evaluations when considering investment opportunities. Sanabil is committed to alternative illiquid investments and has allocated a significant portion of its assets to these investments in order to earn the associated illiquidity premium and unique value creation alpha.

 Fixed Income

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Fixed Income

Sanabil’s Fixed Income Strategy provides diversified exposure to global distressed debt and high yielding fixed income securities. The Strategy seeks to add alpha through tactical positioning across sub-asset classes and through manager selection.

The Strategy is diversified by geography, industry, and investment style and consists of quoted and alternative credits in both Global Developed Markets and Global Emerging Markets.
Fixed Income assets are included as part of Sanabil’s overall investment portfolio to fulfill the following roles:

  • To deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns by ​accessing various credit orientated investment strategies and by capturing a premium for illiquidity.

  • To provide diversification and low correlations with other asset classes in Sanabil’s investable universe.
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 Real Assets

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Real Assets

Sanabil’s Real Asset Program provides broad exposure to global real assets, through allocations to multiple sub-asset classes, geographies, and vintage years. Currently, the Real Assets Program focuses on real estate and infrastructure.

Sanabil currently implements its real assets strategy by investing as a limited partner in open-end and closed-end commingled funds, including core and non-core strategies, which are managed by high-quality, best-in-class managers.

Prior to investing in any particular fund, Sanabil undertakes a comprehensive due diligence exercise aimed at evaluating the key characteristics of a fund, as well as the General Partner managing the fund. Such due diligence includes analysis of historical performance, performance attribution, market opportunity, investment thesis, key investment terms, organizational structure, governance, transparency, and alignment of interest.

Global Real Assets are included in Sanabil’s overall portfolio in order to:

  • To deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns through income and appreciation.
  • Dampen overall portfolio volatility due to low or negative correlations with traditional asset classes.
  • Serve as a partial hedge against inflation in the long run.

Real Assets fund investments typically range from US$30 million to US$60 million per fund.

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 Hedge Funds

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Hedge Funds

Sanabil’s Hedge Fund Strategy provides diversified exposure to global hedge funds and alternative strategies through allocations to multiple sub-asset classes. The Strategy seeks to add alpha through tactical positioning across the capital structure and through manager/fund selection. The Strategy includes exposure to directional (e.g., equity long/short and credit) and to non-directional strategies (e.g., global macro and event-driven).

The Strategy is diversified by geography, industry and investment style in both Global Developed Markets and Global Emerging Markets.

Hedge Funds and alternative assets are included as part of Sanabil’s overall investment portfolio to fulfill the following roles:

  • To deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns by accessing specialized strategies that should allow the portfolio to earn equity-like returns with lower volatility than equity markets.

  • To provide diversification and low correlations with other asset classes in Sanabil’s investable universe.
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