Emaar Development remains upbeat in face of profit dip

A rendering of Dubai Creek Harbour, an Emaar project. (Supplied)
Updated 14 November 2018
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Emaar Development remains upbeat in face of profit dip

  • Dubai property market under pressure
  • Union Properties post Q3 loss

DUBAI: Property developer Emaar Development has said investor interest in its pipeline of residential projects remains “strong,” while posting a decline in net profit for the third quarter compared to the same quarter last year.
The company recorded a Q3 net profit of 682 million dirhams ($185.67 million), a 33 percent decline on the 1.02 billion dirhams recorded in the same time period last year, according to a filing on the Dubai stock exchange on Tuesday.
Over a nine-month period, Emaar performed well, with profits rising by 19 percent to reach 2.49 billion dirhams, compared to 2.1 billion dirhams recorded in the same time period last year.
The developer recorded 10 billion dirhams’ worth of residential sales in the first nine months of the year, and has a total sales backlog of 38.5 billion dirhams, which will be recognized as revenue in the next three to four years.
Emaar said it is readying to welcome its first residents next year to its Dubai Creek Harbour development.
This year it launched The Grand, a collection of luxury apartments and penthouses in Dubai Creek Harbour, as well as Socio and Collective, co-living spaces in Dubai Hills Estate, among other projects.
“The strong performance of Emaar Development underlines the strength of Dubai’s property sector, driven by the robust economic fundamentals of the nation,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Development and Emaar Properties, in a statement.
Alabbar’s comments come as other market commentators raise concerns about the future of the emirate’s real estate market.
While many hope the rebound in oil prices and the World Expo being held in Dubai in 2020 will reignite the property market, there are signs that property prices will remain flat for some time.
Damac Properties Chairman Hussain Sajwani said at the World Economic Forum event on Monday that 2019 will be “another difficult year,” Arab News reported on Monday.
According to real estate consultancy JLL’s Q3 Dubai report: “The residential market has continued to soften with single digit declines in both sale prices and rents during Q3 2018 despite recent government measures to inject confidence in the market by introducing 10-year residency visas for certain categories of retiree.”
It added: “The lack of new project launches at (the annual property event) Cityscape reflects the subdued investor sentiment and prices are likely to decline further over the next 12 months.”
Union Properties, the developer behind Dubai’s Motor City, also posted its third-quarter results on Tuesday, reporting net profit of 145.6 million dirhams for the first nine months, compared to a net loss of 2.3 billion dirhams in the same period last year.
The results mark a turnaround for the company, which saw its profits hit last year after management had to make provisions to cover previous accounting errors.
The company did, however, post a loss attributable to the shareholders of the company in Q3 of 61.8 million dirhams.


UAE property developers’ earnings give Gulf markets a boost

Updated 17 February 2019
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UAE property developers’ earnings give Gulf markets a boost

  • Real estate sector gets confidence boost
  • DAMAC gains despite 87 pct drop in Q4 net profits

DUBAI: Most stock markets in the Middle East closed higher on Sunday, reflecting a rally in global stock markets on Friday, and were also boosted by better-than-expected company results, particularly in real estate.

The Abu Dhabi index gained 0.7 percent and the Dubai index 0.6 percent, as two of the largest property developers in the United Arab Emirates posted positive fourth-quarter financial results last week that beat market expectations.

“The market is starting to rebuild confidence in earnings as a driver for sentiment,” said Arqaam Capital in a research note. “Sentiment on the UAE was very weak in 2018, specifically for real estate, on concerns over oversupply risk, pricing pressure that is leading to extended payment plans, and a rental yield compression that is continuing to fall,” Arqaam said.

“But Q4 numbers provided evidence that a few developers have emerged as winners (Emaar Co’s, Aldar) out of market consolidation.” Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest listed developer, reported a 27 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit.

The stock rose 2 percent on Sunday. DAMAC Properties closed up 0.8 percent, despite having reported a nearly 60 percent fall in full-year profit and an 87 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profits.

In Abu Dhabi, Aldar Properties gained 3.6 percent. Last week, the developer reported a rise in fourth-quarter earnings and higher dividends for 2018. In other sectors, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank rose 0.5 percent after saying it had no merger and acquisition plans. This was in response to a Bloomberg report last week which said the bank was considering such options.

The Saudi index closed 0.4 percent down, in contrast to the rest of the region’s markets. Arab National Bank reported an increase in full- year net profit to 3.13 billion riyals ($834.62 million) from 3.03 billion riyals one year earlier.

The stock remained unchanged and this failed to give support to the banking sector. Alinma Bank < 1150.SE> and Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corp. lost 0.3 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.

In Egypt, where the main index gained 1.4 percent, Orascom Investment Holding, up 3.2 percent, was among the stocks attracting the highest trading volume. Shares in the company jumped last week after its chairman, Egyptian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris, said he saw possible investment opportunities in North Korea if a summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump later this month was successful.

SAUDI The index lost 0.4 pct to 8,592 points ARABIA DUBAI The index rose 0.6 pct to 2,550 points ABU DHABI The index rose 0.7 pct to 5,070 points QATAR The index gained 0.7 pct to 10,011 points EGYPT The index rose 1.4 pct to 15,199 points KUWAIT The index gainedd 0.1 pct to 5,427 points OMAN The index was down 0.8 pct at 4,077 points BAHRAIN

The index went up 0.6 pct to 1,381 points ($1 = 3.7502 riyals)