Established in 1997 by a consortium of prominent Kuwaiti and Egyptian businessmen including our former Chairman, the late Nasser Al-Kharafi, the company has flourished during the past decade as the countries of the Arab world began to liberalize their economies and open doors for private sector investments in strategic sectors that had once been off limits.
EKH has become one of the fastest growing companies in the Middle East and Africa, with investments in 19 companies. Despite exposure to highly volatile geographies, our unique business model — which is based upon equal measures of expertise and diversification — has helped us minimize risk every step of the way. As a result, the company has consistently delivered value to its shareholders, achieving an impressive return on equity at an average of 18.1% over the period from 2004 to 2015.
Some of our largest investments are currently in the hydrocarbon sector; they include upstream drilling and exploration through our subsidiary Tri-Ocean Energy, the distribution of natural gas through Natgas and Fayum Gas and the manufacturing of nitrogen-based fertilizers through Alexandria Fertilizers Company. Our hydrocarbon investments are the backbone of our portfolio and steadily contribute to the growth of our operations.
Our portfolio of companies currently employs more than 3,000 people and has the potential for ongoing job creation as companies and investments mature. As long-term investors, we take pride in growing the businesses in which we invest and positively contributing to the economic growth of the region.
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