DUBAI, UAE, Feb. 10, 2013 /CNW/ -
SHUAA 2012 results and successful strategy execution in line with market
Full Year 2012 highlights:
Total Revenues up 38% to AED137.3 m from AED99.3 m in FY 2011
Total Expenses reduced by AED163.0 m, a 45% improvement, to AED199.3 m from AED362.3 m
in FY 2011
Net Loss improved by 80% to AED59.0 m, a reduction of AED234.8 m on prior year
Lending and Asset Management were profitable in 2012
Cost/Income Ratio was 138% an improvement of 43% year-on-year
Fourth Quarter 2012 highlights:
Total Revenues increase of 25% to AED25.2 m from AED20.1 m in Q4 2011
Total Expenses reduced by AED100.1 m to AED39.2m from AED139.3 m, a 72% improvement
Net loss reduction of 81% to AED20.7 m compared to a net loss of AED111.9 m in Q4 2011
Balance Sheet highlights:
Total Assets of AED1.4 bn were AED231.1 m lower than in December 2011
Cash and Deposits with Banks, up 24% to AED423.3 m from AED340.2 m
Total Liabilities reduced by AED167.8 m to AED269.4 m, down 38% from AED437.2 m
Bank borrowings stood at AED136.3 m, down from AED275.9 m
Total Shareholder's Equity reduced by AED63.4 m to AED1.1 bn
Book Value per Share is AED1.04
Gulf Finance awarded "Best SME Finance Company" at the Banker Middle East Industry
Awards, recognizing its SME financing activities for the second
SHUAA Asset Management received "Best Asset Manager in the UAE" award from EMEA Finance magazine for the third consecutive year
SHUAA Asset Management's Emirates Gateway Fund voted "UAE Equity Fund of the Year" by MENA Fund Manager for the second year in a row
SHUAA ended the year 2012 with a strong balance sheet and liquidity,
considerably improved its bottom line result and regained its standing
in the regional financial services industry. The net loss for 2012 was
AED59.0 m, an 80% improvement on 2011's AED293.8 m loss. This result is
within the forecast range that SHUAA communicated in October 2012. The
improvement was driven primarily by the successful completion of the
restructuring and rightsizing programme. Total expenses for the year
were reduced by AED163.0 m. General and Administrative expenses were
down AED37.7 m as the number of staff was reduced and processes made
more efficient. The Lending business recorded a AED13.7 m expenses
increase in line with its expansion plans in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
All other business units recorded a significant decrease of expenses
totalling AED51.4 m. This represents a year-on-year improvement of 29%.
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During the first half of 2012, SHUAA incurred charges related to the
Company's restructuring programme, which only started to have a
positive impact on General and Administrative expenses during the
second half of 2012. The full impact of the 2012 restructuring
programme is expected to be recognized in 2013 with an additional cost
improvement of 10%.
Revenues for Q4 2012 were AED25.2 m compared to AED20.1 m for Q4 2011,
representing an increase of 25% and bringing 2012 annual revenues to a
total of AED137.3 m, a 38% increase over 2011 revenues of AED99.3 m.
Revenues were buoyed by an increase in interest income and a positive
swing in investments in SHUAA's managed funds.
In the fourth quarter 2012, SHUAA achieved its strategic and financial
objectives. The fourth quarter net loss improved to AED20.7 m from a
loss of AED111.9 m in the same period last year with the benefits of
the rightsizing programme showing a positive impact on the Company's
bottom line. SHUAA continues to prudently value its assets and as such
there were no investment impairments in the period.
SHUAA further strengthened its balance sheet. As at 31 December 2012,
total assets stood at AED1.4 bn. Cash and deposits rose 24% to AED423.3
m. Throughout the year, the Company continued to reduce liabilities by
retiring debt. Total liabilities consequently fell by 38% to AED269.4 m
from AED437.2 m at the end of 2011, lowering interest expenses by 28 %
to AED11.7 m from AED16.2 m in 2011.
HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum, Executive Chairman of SHUAA
Capital, commented on the results:
"Despite the volatile market environment in 2012, SHUAA's financial
results for the full year are in line with our market guidance.
Strategically, 2012 was a transformational year for SHUAA and the
business achieved key milestones in its announced restructuring
programme. We successfully completed four major turnaround
initiatives, including the rightsizing programme, the reduction in
non-core assets, the transformation of our industry leading balance
sheet by strengthening our liquidity position and the announcement of a
clear strategic, financial and operational roadmap with a focus on
recurring revenue generation.
The reduced scale of our industry and the renewed need for capital and
advisory expertise are playing out in our favour. While most of the
regional financial services industry is still in restructuring mode,
SHUAA now has a competitive advantage and the ability to focus on
revenue generation. The recent revitalization of our financial brand
and the positive feedback on our strategic direction from shareholders
and clients underscore our position of strength versus peers. SHUAA is
now in a unique position to focus on growth which will result in a
stronger performance in 2013."
SHUAA's Lending division recorded full year revenues of AED75.6 m
(FY2011: AED61.2 m) and Q4 revenues of AED19.9 m (Q4 2011: AED18.2 m).
Full year profit was AED3.0 m (FY2011: AED23.4 m), with a marginal
quarterly loss of AED0.8 m (Q4 2011: profit of AED5.4 m). Overall,
Lending had another strong year and contributed over 55% of SHUAA's
revenues in 2012.
In 2012, Gulf Finance Corporation generated a net profit of AED 10.0 m,
offset by a significant investment of AED 7.1 m in the recently
launched Gulf Installments Company in Saudi Arabia and the
establishment of SHUAA Credit. In line with its strategy, SHUAA has
successfully redeployed parts of its balance sheet to GFC.
During the year, Gulf Finance Corporation has applied with the UAE
Central Bank for a license to establish an Islamic Window for some of
its financing activities with a view to being market-ready in the
spring of 2013, subject to regulatory approvals.
Gulf Finance was awarded the "Best SME Finance Company" at the 2012
Banker Middle East Industry Awards. This is the second consecutive
year that Gulf Finance has been recognized for its SME lending
The Asset Management business, which manages SHUAA's investment funds,
private equity funds, as well as discretionary portfolio mandates,
recorded revenues of AED18.0 m in the year under review (FY2011:
AED23.8 m) and a net profit of AED1.8 m (FY2011: AED5.2 m). Q4 saw
revenues of AED4.2 m (Q4 2011: AED6.3 m) and a profit of AED2.1 m (Q4
2011: AED2.6 m).
SHUAA's flagship funds, the Arab Gateway Fund and the Emirates Gateway
Fund, continued to outperform their peers and benchmarks. The Arab
Gateway Fund returned 9.02% in 2012, outperforming its benchmark, the
S&P Pan Arab Composite Index, by 5.1%. The Emirates Gateway Fund also
outperformed its peers with a performance of 30.94% in 2012, 3.85%
above its benchmark, the S&P UAE Composite Index.
SHUAA Credit is working closely with the Asset Management team on the
development of credit products to be launched in 2013.
In the second half of the year, SHUAA closed its SHUAA Partners Fund
following the sale of its two remaining investments generating an IRR
of 7.6% over its investment period. During the Fund's vintage period,
from 2005 to 2012, public equity markets in the UAE (MSCI UAE Index)
posted a decline of 78%.
SHUAA Capital was chosen as the Best Asset Manager in the United Arab
Emirates by EMEA Finance for the third consecutive year. Early in 2013, the Emirates Gateway
Fund was voted "UAE Equity Fund of the Year" by MENA Fund Manager for the second year in a row.
In Q4, revenues were AED1.8 m (Q4 2011: AED0.7 m) and the division
recorded a loss of AED0.7 m (Q4 2011: loss of AED2.5 m). The Investment
Banking Division recorded annual revenue growth of 64% to AED11.2 m
(FY2011: AED6.8 m) and improved its bottom line by 90% to a net loss of
AED1.4 m (FY2011: loss of AED14.4 m).
In April, SHUAA was joint-lead manager on the successful IPO of NMC, a
leading integrated UAE healthcare provider. This was notable for being
the first ever Abu Dhabi company to list on the London Stock Exchange.
Towards the end of 2012, SHUAA entered into a Memorandum of
Understanding with PT Pratama Capital Indonesia regarding collaboration
between the two firms, to offer a variety of investment banking
services to issuers and investors in the UAE and the Republic of
Also, towards the year end, SHUAA was appointed financial advisor to
Urbanos Group, Portugal's leading ground handling and logistics
company. SHUAA was appointed to offer support and advisory services
for business development and funding requirements as Urbanos
establishes its hub in Dubai and builds out its operations regionally.
The business recorded revenues of AED8.1 m in the year under review
(FY2011: AED19.9 m) and a net profit of AED0.3 m (FY2011: loss of
AED129.9 m). In Q4, revenues were AED0.6 m (Q4 2011: AED2.6 m) and the
division recorded a loss of AED2.3 m (Q4 2011: loss of AED86.9 m).
Due to the exit from the retail brokerage business, total expenses
related to brokerage fell 95% to AED7.8 m from AED152.6 m in FY2011.
SHUAA expects to close down retail brokerage in the first half of 2013.
The corporate centre recorded full year revenues of AED24.4 m (FY2011:
negative revenues of AED12.4 m) and an overall loss of AED62.7 m
(FY2011: loss of AED178.1 m). In Q4, revenues were negative AED1.4 m
(Q4 2011: negative revenues of AED7.7 m) and the division recorded a
loss of AED19.0 m (Q4 2011: loss of AED30.6 m). Headcount at the end of
2012 was 200 compared to 282 at the year-end 2011.
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SHUAA Capital psc ('SHUAA') offers client-centric, fully integrated financial services.
SHUAA, headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, services corporate
and institutional clients as well as family businesses and
high-net-worth-individuals with expertise in the areas of asset
management, investment banking advisory services, capital markets and
credit. SHUAA was established in 1979 by Emiri decree No. 6. SHUAA is a
public shareholding company, regulated as a financial investment
company by the UAE Central Bank, and its stocks are listed on the Dubai
Financial Market. http://www.shuaa.com
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