L’azurde revenue up by 3.1%

Updated 10 November 2017

L’azurde revenue up by 3.1%

L’azurde, the largest gold and jewelry designer, manufacturer, distributor and retailer in the Middle East, has announced its interim financial results for the three months, ending Sept. 30.
The company’s operating revenue for the third quarter of 2017 amounted to SR76.2 million, up by 3.1 percent, compared to the same quarter of last year.
The growth was mainly driven by a 17.4 percent increase in gold wholesale revenue in Saudi Arabia, and a 37 percent increase in retail revenue due to the strong performance of L’azurde mono-brand shops and the expansion of Kenaz and airports locations.
The operating expenses were in line with the same quarter of last year despite costs incurred to fund retail expansion.
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2017 amounted to SR44.9 million, in line with the same quarter of last year before IFRS adjustments. After a one off IFRS inventory valuation adjustment in the same quarter of last year, it was SR28.9 million lower.
The net income for the third quarter of 2017 amounted to SR0.5 million, an increase of SR0.7 million, compared to the same quarter of last year before IFRS inventory adjustments. After the one-off IFRS adjustments, net income was lower by SR28.2 million.
Commenting on the recent results, Sélim Chidiac, CEO of L’azurde, said: “Our strategy to invest in our brands, distribution networks and strategic relationships has enabled us to grow our revenue while keeping a tight grip on costs. The group is fully embracing the new house of brands growth strategy, with the latest initiative being the signing of the exclusive memorandum of understanding for a potential acquisition. The remainder of 2017 will see us work to concurrently develop both our wholesale and retail operations and capture new growth opportunities moving forward.”
In August, L’azurde signed an exclusive agreement with Saudi French Duty Free Operations and Management to be the exclusive supplier of gold and jewelry in the international terminals of three major airports in the Kingdom: King Khalid International Airport, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, and King Fahd International Airport.
Since it was founded in 1980, L’azurde has excelled at the art of jewelry design. Today, it is the fourth-largest gold manufacturer in the world, selling over a million pieces of jewelry per annum.

Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

Updated 26 June 2019

Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

DUBAI: China’s Tencent Games has chosen Dubai as regional headquarters for its Middle East and North Africa operations, with Dubai Internet City housing the gaming giant’s office.

Tencent Games was launched in 2003 and has since grown into a global platform for game development, publishing and operation. Its ownership stakes and alliances with many major video game companies includes Fornite, Ubisoft, Activision-Blizzard, Riot Games, Supercell and Take-Two Interactive Software.

The opening of Tencent Games’ regional headquarter is an indication of increased activities in the local and regional games industry which covers digital entertainment, education and cultural experiences, a statement said.

According to market research firm Newzoo, the revenue of the UAE games sector is estimated at $324 million (1.2 billion dirhams) in 2019. Furthermore, over 80 percent of smartphone users in the UAE play mobile games, it said.

The UAE has the highest mobile penetration rate in the world at 173 per cent – nearly double the country’s population, according to a report by Statista released in late 2018. This is a considerable figure and represents a wealth of opportunities for game developers, with revenues from mobile games representing more than half the income generated in the entire industry.

“Gaming moves beyond entertainment and is increasingly used to engage and educate, and as more gamers and creative enthusiasts enter the industry, we can certainly expect the market to develop rapidly in the coming years,” Ammar Al-Malik, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City said.

Vincent Wang, general manager of the Global Publishing Department at Tencent Games, said: “The UAE’s high mobile and internet penetration is an extremely encouraging indicator for tech firms across the world, and is especially relevant to the global games industry.”