ADNOC Distribution reports 18% rise in first-half profit

ADNOC Distribution rolled out in June the ADNOC Flex scheme, which provides customers with a choice in how and where they refuel. (Courtesy ADNOC Distribution)
Updated 13 August 2018
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ADNOC Distribution reports 18% rise in first-half profit

DUBAI: ADNOC Distribution, the UAE’s largest fuel retailer, on Monday said that its six-month profit to June rose 18 percent to 1.124 billion dirhams from the same period last year.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) grew by 30 percent to 1.443 billion dirhams during the same period, while gross profit was up 24 percent to 2.609 billion dirhams. Free cash-flow generation – or EBITDA less capital expenditures – rose a hefty 72 percent to 1.111 billion dirhams in the first half of the year.
Quarterly net profit to June also rose 24 percent to 579.86 million dirhams from 466.09 million dirhams of the same quarter of 2017, the company said in a statement. Gross profit for the three months was went up 33 percent to 1.423 billion dirhams, with the company’s performance ‘driven by higher fuel margins in retail and corporate segments combined with a more efficient cost base,’ ADNOC Distribution noted in its report.
ADNOC Distribution, which listed and started trading on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange on December 13, reported a minor decline in total fuel volumes sold in the first half to 4.763 billion liters, one percent lower from the same period last year.
“ADNOC Distribution’s second quarter and half-year results reflect our continued progress towards delivering on our strategy. We have made progress in all three of our strategic pillars: fuel, non-fuel and cost-efficiency,” ADNOC Distribution Acting CEO Saeed Mubarak Al-Rashdi said in the statement. “We are on track to hit our declared target of achieving approximately 190 million dirhams in cost savings in 2018.”
“Notably, we have been able to achieve these costs savings while continuing to grow our service station network, and without impacting safety, quality and our customer experience,” he said.
ADNOC Distribution opened five new refueling stations during the first half, and 8 more are expected to be opened before the year ends. It also rolled out the ADNOC Flex scheme, which provides customers with a choice in how and where they refuel, 152 stations in Abu Dhabi during the second quarter,
Operationally, ADNOC Distribution made important progress as it transforms the business into a more customer-centric organization and expands its fuel and non-fuel offerings. Initiatives delivered during the second quarter include the implementation of ADNOC Flex … the launch of two new retail brands – Géant Express convenience stores and Oasis Café coffee shops and bakeries; and the opening of eight new service stations and ten new convenience stores since last year’s second quarter, the company said.


Air France to keep flying to Cairo

Updated 16 min 21 sec ago
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Air France to keep flying to Cairo

  • British Airways, a unit of IAG said on Saturday it was suspending flights to Cairo for seven days “as a precaution”
  • Germany’s Lufthansa later said it had canceled its flights to Cairo from Munich and Frankfurt and would resume its connection on Sunday

PARIS: Air France is maintaining its flights to Cairo, a spokesman for the airline said on Sunday, following the decision by rivals British Airways and Lufthansa to suspend flights to Egypt’s capital over security concerns.
British Airways, a unit of IAG said on Saturday it was suspending flights to Cairo for seven days “as a precaution” as it reviews the security of the airport in Cairo.
Germany’s Lufthansa later said it had canceled its flights to Cairo from Munich and Frankfurt and would resume its connection on Sunday.
“In liaison with the French authorities and the local authorities in Egypt, Air France has decided to maintain its service to Cairo,” Air France’s spokesman said in a written statement sent to Reuters.