(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) Waha Capital PJSC, the diversified investment company based in Abu Dhabi (ADX: WAHA), today reported preliminary financial results for the full year 2012.
The company has recorded a net profit of AED 214.44 million for 2012, up 38.1 percent from AED 155.31 million in 2011, with key portfolio companies performing well despite global economic challenges.
Hussain Jasim Al Nowais, Chairman of Waha Capital, said: "This was a strong year for Waha Capital, especially given the difficult global trading environment. The company is now positioned well for growth in the coming years." "We have taken important strategic decisions to structure the company with an aim to generate attractive and sustainable returns for our shareholders in the future, and have full confidence that the company will deliver the desired result," he added.
In the fourth quarter of 2012, the company's net profit nearly doubled to AED 183.47 million, from AED 92.95 million for the same period last year. The main contributor to fourth quarter earnings was Waha's share of profit from its interest in aviation investee companies.
Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, CEO and Managing Director of Waha Capital, said: "We have an excellent investment team in place and a strong pipeline of potential investments, where we believe we can add value and achieve attractive returns. Operationally, we will maintain a prudent approach to financial management, and continue to focus on increasing our efficiency in the way we manage our assets." The value of Waha Capital's assets stood at AED 4.44 billion as of December 31, 2012, compared with AED 4.20 billion a year earlier. Key portfolio companies saw positive developments in 2012.
New York Stock Exchange -listed AerCap signed US1.5 billion of new financing and made significant improvements to its fleet in 2012. The company purchased 20 new aircraft, delivered 35 aircraft under lease and signed lease agreements for 47 aircraft. Over the course of the year, the company sold 70 aircraft as part of a strategy to maintain a young fleet, reducing the average age of its aircraft to 5.1 years from 5.8 years. AerCap now oversees a portfolio of 333 aircraft, either owned or managed, and total assets of US10 billion.
In 2012, AerCap continued with a share buy-back initiative which began the previous year. Waha Capital chose not to participate in the 2012 programme, resulting in an increase in the company's stake in AerCap to 26.3 percent, from 21.3 percent at the end of 2011.
Stanford Marine Group (SMG), extended its reach into East Africa, successfully tendering for a new contract in Tanzania. Meanwhile, Grandweld, the company's shipbuilding arm, has established a new ship repair division in Fujairah and obtained a new contract to design, build and deliver two crew boats for Fujairah National Group. SMG also inaugurated a new state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility in Dubai Maritime City, which should allow for significant additional capacity.
Waha Land, a wholly owned subsidiary of Waha Capital, completed the first phase of its light industrial and warehousing development ALMARKAZ in 2012. The project is seeing strong leasing interest in all its offerings, including serviced land plots, single units ranging from 250 sq m to 12,000 sq m, as well as potential for build-to-suit and turn-key options. A number of leasing contracts are in the final stages of completion.