Arab National Bank reports net profit before zakat and income tax of $947mn for 2019

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Updated 29 February 2020

Arab National Bank reports net profit before zakat and income tax of $947mn for 2019

Arab National Bank (ANB or the Bank) reported a net profit before zakat and income tax of USD 947 million for 2019 compared to USD 883 million in 2018, an increase of 7.3%.

ANB total operating income reached USD 1,795 million compared to USD 1,743 million for the same period last year, an increase of 3%, whereas net special commission income reached USD 1,481  million against USD 1,374 million for the same period last year, an increase of 7.8%.

Net profit after zakat and income tax reached USD 806 million compared to USD 1,058 million last year.

It is worth mentioning that the decrease in net profit after zakat and income tax in 2019 resulted from the change in the accounting standards relating to zakat and income tax and not reflecting a real decrease in profits. Due to the settlement reached with the General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) in 2018 for the period 2006 – 2017, a saving of USD 297 million was achieved, which in turn resulted in an increase of the same amount in 2018 equity.

With the change in the accounting standards for reclassifying zakat and income tax to the statement of income instead of shareholders' equity in 2018, the amount of USD 297 million was recognized in the statement of income, accordingly, the 2018 net income was amplified by the same amount to reach USD 762 million before the settlement and USD 1,058 million after the settlement.

By the end of 2019, assets reached USD 48.9 billion compared to USD 47.6 billion for the same period last year, and investments reached USD 10.1 billion compared to USD 7.4 billion last year an increase of 36.5%, while the loans portfolio reached USD 31.7 billion against USD 32.3 billion for the same period last year, a decrease of 1.8%  and customers’ deposits reached USD 37.9 billion maintaining the same level of last year.


UAE’s Al-Hamra announces
relief package for partners

Updated 02 April 2020

UAE’s Al-Hamra announces
relief package for partners

Al-Hamra, a real estate developer, services provider and investment company in the northern emirates, has created an economic relief package, which includes several initiatives to help ease the financial burden of its mall tenants, freehold owners, residents and customers, impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The announcement is in line with the UAE government and Ras Al-Khaimah’s objectives to support the economic environment and boost financial stability. The initiatives include up to three months of rental relief, reduction in cooling consumption charges, deferral of fees, waiver of payment delay penalties and payment due date extensions.

Dedicated teams have been deployed to assess specific requirements of various businesses and individuals to provide economic relief and support. The tasked force is also reassessing cost-effectiveness of operations in order to pass on the benefit to the end users and customers.

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The initiatives include up to three months of rental relief, reduction in cooling consumption charges, deferral of fees, waiver of payment delay penalties and payment due date extensions.

Benoy Kurien, group CEO of Al-Hamra, said: “We have been proud partners in shaping the real estate landscape of Ras Al-Khaimah and this pride comes with a responsibility to the emirate as well as to our partners and consumers who have contributed to our success. This pandemic is reshaping the way we think about community and has made one thing strikingly clear: Our interdependence. We are working closely with our stakeholders to ensure that we recover from this period together, stronger and more resilient.

“We understand the predicament faced by all and the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on our economy. During these unprecedented times, we are more committed than ever to stand firmly by our valued partners and customers. Our initiatives aim to support business continuity by offsetting some of the impact, and to promote the welfare of the community. Our dedicated teams will reach out to our partners in the following days to understand and discuss their requirements and implement effective measures. We will continue to support the government, our customers and partners in all ways possible to overcome this challenging situation together.”

Al-Hamra has diversified interests in retail, residential and hospitality in Ras Al-Khaimah and owns iconic assets such as the award-winning master planned community of Al-Hamra Village, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Khaimah, Ritz Carlton Al-Hamra Beach, Manar and Al-Hamra Malls. The group is focused on providing premier lifestyle real estate developments, while investing in hospitality and leisure segments.