- The company generated AED 15.36 million in investment income in the first six months of the year, thanks to its comprehensive diversification strategy involving investments in financial and technology assets
- The Company's first development project Marina Rise has completed construction within the planned timeframe and has commenced leasing
- The Board is proposing a capital reduction to offset accumulated losses
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Eshraq Investments PJSC ("Eshraq" or "Company"), the Abu Dhabi investment company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange ("ADX"), announced its half-year results for 2021. The Company reported a net profit of AED 17.95 million, an increase of 167.25% compared with H1 2020.
Progress on all fronts
Despite the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic, Eshraq recorded operating income of AED 10.20 million in the first half of the year, an increase of 9.58% over the same period last year. The Company also recorded a gain of AED 15.36 million from its investments, particularly in financial and technology assets. Meanwhile, Eshraq's leasing and hospitality businesses returned to pre-Covid levels, with DIFC and Nuran achieving occupancy rates of 97% and 96% respectively, thanks to the Company's proactive and agile leasing strategy.
On the development front, Marina Rise, the Company's first mixed-use development at Reem Island, has received its Building Completion Certificate from Abu Dhabi Municipality and has commenced leasing its units. The completion of Marina Rise is an important step towards monetizing Eshraq’s land bank and improving its bottom line.
In light of the Company’s enhanced profitability and significant growth thanks to the Board's diversification strategy, implemented in early 2019, the Board believes that the Company is well positioned for a capital reduction to enable a positive net reserve by eliminating accumulated losses. This will benefit shareholders as the Company will be able to use future profits to pay dividends to the shareholders. The proposed share capital reduction plan will have no impact on Eshraq's net equity.
Jassim Alseddiqi, Eshraq's Chairman, said, "I am pleased with the strong progress we are making on all fronts, whether it is increasing our profitability and investments through our diversification strategy or completing our first mixed-use development project on schedule. Looking ahead to the second half of the year, we remain committed to creating value for our shareholders through improved operational efficiencies and a stronger balance sheet."
About Eshraq Investments:
Eshraq Investments is an investment company with an extensive portfolio of residential, hospitality and other real estate projects. Eshraq also has a diversified investment portfolio across equities, fixed income, private equity and debt products. For further information, please visit www.eshraquae.com
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