Best in Class Treasury Solution in the Middle East/UAE Winner: ACWA Power

Published: Oct 2021


Photo of Abdul Majid Syed, Vice President – Financial Reporting, Controls and System.

Abdul Majid Syed

Vice President – Financial Reporting, Controls and System

ACWA Power is a developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants. Currently present in 13 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and South East Asia, ACWA Power employs over 3,500 people.

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Pioneering solution in Kingdom of Saudi delivers tangible benefits for ACWA Power

ACWA Power maintains a complex corporate structure that relies on hierarchies of legal entity and special purpose vehicles (SPV) to manage capital allocation and financing, segregate operations, and control risk. The account landscape across the group supporting the various HoldCos and OpCos is approximately 600 bank accounts.

Group cash management at ACWA Power is equally complex due to the proliferation of bank accounts resulting from its ever-growing corporate structure. Manually managing thousands of intercompany transactions annually for cash concentrations, equity injections, dividend disbursements, returns processing, and management fees across the group placed severe strain on a small treasury team (who operate from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai in the UAE).

While the company had automated some tasks through its treasury management system (TMS), there was no automation in place for multi-bank reporting, cash positioning, cash consolidation, payment processing, cash application, bank reconciliation or intercompany loan administration.

The project focused on the following:

  • Simplify liquidity management with real-time centralisation of its global USD positions.
  • Introduce payments on-behalf-of operating model.
  • Streamline its bank relationships and account structures with virtual account management (VAM).
  • Automate every aspect of group cash management with the best-in-class TMS the company had procured.
  • Standardise multi-bank connectivity with SWIFT.

The solution

The solution ACWA Power implemented in this treasury transformation project was threefold:

  1. Their TMS provides the in-house bank infrastructure for payment, intercompany, accounting forecasting, screening and reconciliation.
  2. SWIFT for Corporates (SCORE) for bank-agnostic multi-bank connectivity for payment delivery and reporting.
  3. A multi-entity VAM structure with J.P. Morgan underpinning a single USD bank account to achieve real-time cash concentration without any physical sweeping and enable on-behalf-of payment and receipt operating structure.

Best practice and innovation

This is the most innovative bank solution in Saudi Arabia in recent years involving a VAM enabling on-behalf-of and in-house banking structures, combined with best-in-class bank-agnostic connectivity and treasury management system.

Key benefits

  1. Improved working capital.
  2. Visibility over accounts.
  3. Increased efficiencies.
  4. Scalable model.
  5. No business interruption during pandemic.
  6. Trapped cash released.
  7. Cost/FTE savings.
  8. Recovered ROI.

The Adam Smith Awards is the industry benchmark for best practice and innovation in corporate treasury. The 2021 Awards attracted a record-breaking 309 nominations spanning 40 countries. To find out more please visit: https://treasurytoday.com/adam-smith-awards.

Sana’a Syed

Vice President
J.P. Morgan

This is a really innovative solution pioneered by ACWA Power. The virtual account set-up, combined with a new bank-agnostic connectivity and best-in-class treasury management system, has laid the foundation for a fully-automated and resilient treasury for this fast-evolving business.

The benefits of ACWA’s solution are impressive:

    • Full visibility across hundreds of bank accounts globally
    • Trapped cash freed across group wide legal entity structure
    • Real-time cash concentration provided by the multi-entity virtual account structure
    • Material reduction of required credit facilities and
    • Significantly reduced banking costs for account maintenance

    We are delighted to see the ACWA team recognised by this well-deserved award.

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