Elite Capital Interview
Explain the nature of Elite Capital & Co’s enterprise and who are the main people behind the business?
Elite Capital & Co’s services are suitable for all types of Infrastructure Projects in either Greenfield (Pre Operations Stage) or Brownfield (Operations Stage) including but not limited to Sea Ports, Airports, Railway, Bridges, Roads and Highways, Water and Sanitation Utilities, Energy, Communications, Hospitals, Schools and Social Infrastructure etc. This includes other projects or activities that impact positively on the relevant country’s basic infrastructure including the manufacturing of components used in infrastructure (such as cement and steel) and infrastructure associated with mining and agribusiness.The main people behind the business are three:
Dr. Faisal Khazaal, Chairman & Funder; Defining the strategic direction of the company and identifying new business channels and opportunities Mr. Gurdip Matharu, President and CEO; Managing the day to day operations of the company, and performing the functions of Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO). Mr. Simon Thomas, Vice President for Finance and Board Member; On-Boarding of clients, providing investment advice where applicable, and receiving/transmitting of orders. However, The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church has appointed Elite Capital & Co. Limited (“ECC”) to manage the portfolio of the Church (starting from Monday 6th of January 2014). The funds may be utilized for funding “Green Energy” projects and other similar ventures under the sole discretion of ECC. Note: This appointment was granted to Elite Capital & Co. Limited by the Church’s “Primate of the Americas” and “General Fiscal Agent” in 17th of December 2013.
You recently changed your company name from Legal Escrow Services Limited to Elite Capital & Co. What inspired this change?
After the decision made by the Elite Capital & Co.’s Board Members to expanding the services we offer in EEA and UK the company’s name has been found not suitable for the new image of the company and so was changed to the current name.
Can you describe some of the projects that you have recently been engaged in?
Sample Project 1 – Ranch and Game Park in Zambia (Africa)
Elite Capital is working with the owner of a Ranch and Game Park in Zambia to provide funding for the following: – Establishing Moringa plantations and processing plant. (Moringa peregrine is a tree whose pods contain nut-like seeds that are beneficial to the body when used for everything from cooking to cosmetics, and there is high demand for supply of this product). – Improve and upgrade the infrastructure of the property to facilitate selling of 40 individual villas in the Game Reserve. – Establish infrastructure for game breeding program and wildlife conservation.
The property is located within the prime tourism area of the Luangwa Valley in the Lower Zambezi River, an area boasting a beautiful and varied ecosystem. This is the setting for an incredible wildlife conservation, exclusive property co-ownership and agriculture venture which incorporates the miraculous and profitable Moringa plant. The property is fully unencumbered, and the owners of the property are issuing Promissory Notes in favour of Elite Capital, endorsed by a major South African Bank. Elite Capital is to provide project financing up to US$60 Million against the Promissory Notes.Elite is also negotiating Lloyds of London insurance against the project and the financing.
Sample Project 2 – Retirement Community Project (USA). The Community property development project caters for health care, frail care, and older age care facilities. It is well placed in terms of locality and service offerings. The current “as is” appraisal is US$9.7Million, with work already underway. The completed project is valued at US$48Million. The client is requesting US$48Million in loan facilities against Promissory Notes issued by the Applicant and endorsed through a major US bank. The client has requested a two year holiday wherein they service only the interest. The opportunity to build a brand and to rollout similar facilities may be very well received in the market and will indeed fill large gaps in the health and hospitality care spaces in the USA.
Is it a good time to be involved in facilitating infrastructure products in the UK and Europe? How do you see this market developing in coming years?
Infrastructure projects require specialist knowledge in terms of design, planning, financing and implementation. Elite Capital’s staff have this specialist knowledge, so are well placed to engage with infrastructure projects and the respective clients. There are many infrastructure projects being implemented in the UK, Europe and beyond. The more established countries typically have their own resources and finances for implementing such projects, but the developing countries are in need of knowledge and finance. Therefore, it’s a good time for Elite to be involved with infrastructure projects, both now and for the foreseeable future.
What distinguishes your service offering from those of your competitors?
Typically only the largest consulting firms (such and Ernst and Young, PwC, etc) have the specialist required for infrastructure projects. Elite Capital & Co. has the advantage of being more flexible in bringing solutions to these projects, as we have a flat management structure and can therefore be more efficient in providing solutions. Most importantly, Elite Capital & Co. has access to finance for such projects, which in today’s financial climate is the company’s “Ace card”.