Jun 30 2012
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United Real Estate Company Ratings Action
2011 was an eventful year for United Real Estate Company ( URC ) which saw a significant expansion of the Company's balance sheet with the consolidation of a number of acquired associate companies from within the KIPCO Group. While rental income improved, the very high net profit posted by the Company for 2011 was due largely to the high valuation gains from the step acquisition and business combination of these acquired companies. A negative impact of these acquisitions was the substantial rise of the Company's overall debt, which also caused leverage to rise.
Management focused on reducing this debt and to this end a number of asset sales plan options have been formulated. One such asset sale was recently completed and the proceeds, as well as available cash balances, were used to repay a significant proportion of borrowings in Q1 2012. This successful asset sale has also enabled the Company to achieve an exceptionally high net profit for the first three months of this year.The Company's liquidity remains tight, however this is a fairly common feature of companies whose business model combines real estate development with property rental business, as is the case with URC .
Commenting on this matter, Mr. Mohammed A. Al-Saqqaf, CEO of URC , stated, " URC is supported by three main pillars; a financially strong and large holding company such as KIPCO being the main shareholder of URC , prime assets in prime locations, as well as a professionally dedicated management team. Accordingly, the company's near and mid-term outlook is excellent, and the management is continuing to exercise its approved strategy of streamlining its operations and enhancing its income producing portfolio, although the purchase and sale of assets is also an integral part of the business model of any real estate development company."
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