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Gulf Capital successfully completes the sale of its 70% stake in Turknet, the leading Turkish broadband provider

Gulf Capital successfully completes the sale of its 70% stake in Turknet, the leading Turkish broadband provider
February 22, 2021

Gulf Capital, a leading growth markets alternative investment firm, today announced that it has successfully completed the sale of its 70% stake in Turknet Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (“Turknet” or the “Company”), the leading alternative internet service provider in Turkey, to a consortium of buyers including the incumbent Celebiler Family and Re-Pie Portfoy Yonetimi A.S. (“Re-pie”). The sale generated a significant return for Gulf Capital Credit Opportunities Fund which focused on providing growth capital to companies in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. The investment in Turknet builds on Gulf Capital’s strong track record in investing in technology companies and in those that provide next-generation digital connectivity.

Gulf Capital successfully completes the sale of its 70% stake in Turknet, the leading Turkish broadband provider

Turknet, led by Cem Celebiler, is a pioneer in the alternative Internet Service Providers (“ISP”) sector in Turkey and has spearheaded numerous developments in the Turkish broadband sector. During Gulf Capital’s ownership, Turknet increased its subscriber base by over 200% and its EBITDA by over 150% in USD terms, which collectively generated an industry leading return on Turknet’s invested capital. With a seat on the board and an active involvement in formulating the Company’s strategy, Gulf Capital played a significant role in Turknet’s growth journey. It was instrumental in implementing best-in-class corporate governance practices and in assisting in the overall growth strategy of the Company. Gulf Capital’s support also helped roll out a hyper-fast broadband network in Turkey and to dramatically increase the subscriber base.

Dr Karim El Solh, Chief Executive Officer at Gulf Capital stated: “Our investment in Turknet was part of Gulf Capital’s strategy to back talented management teams that lead promising companies in high growth sectors, especially those that support the global digitalisation trend.  Gulf Capital has been one of the most active investors in the technology, broadband connectivity and fintech sectors. Turknet is a good example of a high-quality technology company whose growth trajectory has accelerated, especially post pandemic. After a seven-year holding period, we believe it is the right time for us to exit and realise value for our investors, while at the same time paving the way for the Company’s next-stage growth. We believe the Celebiler Family will continue shaping the Turkish broadband space by pioneering new developments and achieving tremendous growth in Turknet’s subscriber base and we wish them all the success on their next phase of growth.”

Cem Celebiler, CEO of Turknet said, “Working closely with Gulf Capital over the past seven years provided us with a valuable support in strategic and financial decision making. This acquisition will bring the Celebiler Family into a majority position in Turknet, reflecting our strong confidence in the future of the Company and the growth opportunities presented by the Turkish broadband space. We are thankful for the unwavering support of Gulf Capital and their significant contributions to the success of Turknet over the last seven years. The next chapter of our growth journey will be with Re-pie, the largest Turkey-based alternative fund manager.”

Omar Rifai, Managing Director at Gulf Capital said, “Cem and the management team have successfully led the growth in Turknet’s market share and brand equity by focusing strongly on execution and customer service. We are excited for the Celebiler Family as it continues to lead Turknet into its next phase of growth. Gulf Capital’s investment in Turknet is a good example of how structured equity and mezzanine investments can support entrepreneurs in emerging markets in their growth journey.”

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Fraud Alert

Fraud Alert - Important alert to Gulf Capital Investors,Shareholders, the Financial Services Community and the Public

Fraudsters are engaging in a fraudulent email and website scams whereby websites and communications are targeting members of the public and potential investors (victims) by fraudulently using the identity of legitimate members of Gulf Capital's Executive team or Gulf Capital's Board of Directors to solicit investments, fake job offers and other dealings, without authority, and for a malicious purpose. Neither Gulf Capital's Chief Executive Officer nor any members of its Board of Directors or other members of its Executive team have made any offers for investment partnership, offers of employment or other dealings through these channels and the names, and identities of such individuals are being used illegally and without their consent.

Gulf Capital and its management have taken and will continue to take legal action against anyone found misusing Gulf Capital's name or the names or identities of any members of the Board of Directors of Gulf Capital or Gulf Capital's Executive team illegally or without consent for whatever reason.

Report Scams

We invite you to immediately contact fraud-detection@gulfcapital.com* if any of the following occur:

  1. You have received any unsolicited correspondence or investment advice or you think you have been contacted in relation to a possible scam (whether by telephone, email or courier) by sources fraudulently impersonating Gulf Capital's Board of Directors or any members of Gulf Capital's Executive team.
  2. You have received notice from anyone outside of Gulf Capital informing you or raising concern regarding the fact that they may have been contacted by any sources fraudulently impersonating Gulf Capital's Board of Directors or any members of Gulf Capital's Executive team.
  3. You have received any communications referencing any of Gulf Capital's Board of Directors that you consider are suspicious or which you are not sure how to respond to.
  4. You have any concerns about the authenticity of any website passing itself off as a website operated by Gulf Capital or referencing the names and identities of the Board of Directors of Gulf Capital or any of its Executive team without authority.
*Note: When forwarding suspicious e-mails to fraud-detection@gulfcapital.com:
  1. Do not modify the original subject line or contents enclosed, and do not include any personal or confidential information.
  2. Forward the full internet headers of any suspicious emails to fraud-detection@gulfcapital.com before deleting as this information willhelp Gulf Capital to track the true origin of the correspondence. The internet headers can be found through your e-mail system from within the e-mail. For example, in Microsoft Outlook, you can find the internet headers by opening the e-mail, then choosing "View" and "Options". Depending on the e-mail system that you use, the process for locating the internet headers will vary. We recommend you either copy and paste the internet header and message into a new e-mail or scan the e-mail and full headers and send as a PDF attachment to ensure it is received by fraud-detection@gulfcapital.com.

Protect Yourself

  1. We recommend that you avoid getting into a conversation with any fraudsters or revealingany personal or identifying information, but you should endeavor to record thepurported name of the person and organisation along with any other information they give you (e.g., telephone number, address etc.) and then forward all such information to fraud-detection@gulfcapital.com.
  2. You should obtain independent legal and financial and professional advice before handing over any funds or entering into any agreements in relation to such solicitations.
  3. We recommend that you not respond or open any attachments or links associated with any suspicious e-mails.
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Illegal Use of Gulf Capital's Name

Phishing Email Alert

Gulf Capital Pvt. JSC has recently become aware of a spate of fraudulent emails purporting to offer financing from, and employment at, Gulf Capital and Gulf Capital Limited (DIFC). and misusing the official Gulf Capital logo and trade name. These emails do not originate from Gulf Capital or any of our affiliates. If you have received any such email, do not click any links in the email or provide any personal information (e.g. your bank details or copies of identity documents).

There are a number of illegal advance fee scams in operation where our name and those of our Board of Directors and Senior Management are being impersonated and abused.

The Gulf Capital name, and sometimes the names of individual employees within our firm, have been used in various fraudulent scam emails, letters and phone calls. These communications typically seek to attract a victim by suggesting that project funding or a job can be obtained by paying an upfront fee. Sometimes fake documents are sent to the victim and websites mimicking the Gulf Capital name and brand are used.

Common themes include:

  • the use of similar domain names designed to appear legitimate; examples include using phishing email accounts from domains such as: @gulfcap-es.com, @gulfcp.com, @gullfinvest.com, @eaglesquare-ae.com, @gulfcainvest.com, board members name@outlook.com, @gulfunioninvestment.com, name@gullfcapital.com
  • offers of work/visa services related to employment in the Middle East upon payment of administrative, medical and other fees;
  • offers of project financing upon payment of a fake surety bond and due diligence fees;
  • forged Board of Directors resolutions approving loans, MOUs, loan agreements claiming "100% refundable" professional service fees;
  • bogus look-alike websites;
  • fake profiles on LinkedIn and My Opportunity purporting be Directors or Management of Gulf Capital;
  • "signed" and stamped contracts purporting to be provided by us regarding project financing; and
  • use of our UAE telephone numbers by criminal impersonators.

This is not an exhaustive list of scams. New schemes designed to steal the business public's money or personal data are being invented all the time or for use in other illegal activities. Please act prudently and sensibly for your own protection and take note of our Fraud Alert on our website. The perpetrators may not always request money or personal details on initial contact, but often wait until the victim has responded.

Please note that Gulf Capital and its Management and Directors have no involvement in these or any other scams, and will vigorously prosecute any violators in tandem with the concerned authorities. Our name is being used in an unauthorized and illegal way. Note that we do not use Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook or Yahoo addresses.

We recommend you delete scam emails and do not reply to scam letters, emails, calls or faxes, and do not send money to strangers. If you need to confirm with us whether a communication is genuine, please contact us at fraud-detection@gulfcapital.com.

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