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PO Box 45, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973-17220220
Email: kc.info@kanoo.com

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Kevin Murphy

Chief Investment Officer

Investing in opportunities.

Kanoo Capital manages the group’s investments, providing high inflation-adjusted returns to support both the current and long-term needs of the group. Its investment approach is a hybrid model of direct securities trading and long-term investment, which seeks appropriate risk-adjusted asset allocation. Kanoo Capital has cultivated robust partnerships with a broad base of asset managers and entrepreneurs, giving it access to both market insight and opportunities that can be leveraged to improve the operations of new and mature businesses under the YBA Kanoo umbrella.

At Kanoo Capital, risk management is a critical and continuously evolving component of the investment process. Its high-quality specialised investment managers, backed by qualified teams, enable it to maintain a leading edge, while providing diversification and control over an expanding investment portfolio.

LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT

Strategic optimisation of Group-wide liquidity to enhance yields whilst providing visibility and control. Real-time reporting and constant visibility of global cash positions versus forecasted requirements.

The Liquidity Management team seeks to optimize costs and yields while balancing cash pools, counterparty and currency risk and selecting hedging strategies. The team is implementing a unified strategy across the business units to ensure optimal working capital management.

FIXED INCOME

Our core fixed income strategy seeks to maximize total return by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of high-quality investment grade securities.

The Fixed Income team also seeks a high level of current income by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of debt securities that are rated below investment grade or are unrated. This includes senior secured position in capital structures, which reduces credit volatility.

PUBLIC EQUITIES

We employ fundamentals-based research overlaid with technical signals in disciplined process in searching for regional corporates that have competitive advantages led by shareholder-friendly management teams.

The Equities team typically invests as a minority owner, but with the benefit of a very long horizon when investments are made, Kanoo Capital considers itself to be a partial owner of the businesses. This means we focus on the absolute value of businesses, not their value.

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Spanning a spectrum of investment opportunities to include properties, fund portfolios and joint ventures, the Real Estate team leverages the Kanoo Capital long-term approach to investing.

This results in deep relationships with real estate specialists in the region who value the integrity and capital that we are able to deploy in each transaction. This includes core investments with sustainable cash yields and may include those with upside through conversion or redevelopment.

PRIVATE CAPITAL

The Private Capital team creates opportunities to act as a differentiated partner in private equity, venture capital and managed funds. It operates as a transparent and trusted partner, undertaking transactions that build strong businesses to serve the needs of customers and joint venture partners in the region.

JOINT VENTURES

Kanoo Capital employs an expert team focused on seeking out high quality companies and entrepreneurs with the potential to build and pursue lucrative opportunities within the GCC.

With fundamentally sound investments, the team practices flexibility alongside a patient pool of capital, to cooperate with reputable counterparts and invest in joint ventures that build upon the core expertise and market access of YBA Kanoo.

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