Drake & Scull Reports the results of its BOD meeting and announces the appointment of Yousef Al Mulla as the new Group CEO

Tuesday 14 August 2018
Dubai - MENA Herald:

Drake & Scull International PJSC (“DSI” or the “Company”), a regional leader in engineering and construction services, reported today the results of its fourth Board of Directors (BOD) meeting held on the 13 August 2018.  The Board of Directors approved the appointment of Mr. Yousef Al Mulla as the new Group Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Al Mulla is expected to assume his responsibilities on the 26th August 2018 and will take over from current Group CEO Dr. Fadi Feghali who will be assuming a new role with the DSI Group which will be announced in due course. Mr. Al Mulla is an industry veteran who was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Square General Contracting and has served as the Managing Director for Transemirates Contracting Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the United States and is a certified Project Director.

The BOD further reviewed the strategic objectives of a new restructuring plan that is being prepared, which will constitute an evolution of the ongoing restructuring and recapitalization efforts that commenced in 2016 and continued throughout 2017 and 2018. The comprehensive plan will be drawn to address the Company and its global subsidiaries across its core and non-core geographies. The plan will be considerate of the rights of all stakeholders including financial institutions, suppliers and vendors, as well as current and past employees of the Company, to ensure business continuity of the Company as one of two UAE entities in the contracting sector listed in the local financial markets. The Company will obtain the necessary regulatory approvals and coordinate with the competent authorities to ensure the success of the plan and its timely execution. The BOD further assures shareholders that it is exerting all its efforts and will continue to do so to safeguard the best interests of all its shareholders and to ensure the seamless operation of the Company and its continuity and financial results and the reflection on the return on shareholders’ equity.

The Company also declared its H1 2018 financial results. The Company recorded an overall Net Loss of AED 183 million, which it attributed to the performance of subsidiaries in secondary markets primarily in Oman, Qatar, and Jordan, in Q2 2018. Defaults on projects debt obligations and arrears in the secondary markets also resulted in a significant hike in finance cost and negative margin impacts.

The Company attributes the quarterly losses to non-core geographies and affirms that the underlying performance of the UAE market remains relatively stable.

The Company announced that it will be calling for a General Assembly Meeting and will set its agenda in coordination with the Securities and Commodities Authority in due course.


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