Waha Capital reports 2018 preliminary net profit of AED 145 million

Thursday 07 February 2019
Abu Dhabi - MENA Herald:

Waha Capital PJSC, a leading investment company based in Abu Dhabi (ADX: WAHA), has reported a preliminary 2018 net profit of AED 145 million.

The company, which operates an Asset Management business and a Private Investments business, generated total income of AED 823.2 million, compared to AED 1.2 billion in 2017. Its total assets increased to AED 11.7 billion as at December 31, 2018, from AED 11.4 billion a year earlier.

The preliminary results were announced following a board meeting in Abu Dhabi chaired by His Excellency Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, Chairman of Waha Capital. The board recommended a dividend of AED 0.075 per share, subject to approval by shareholders at Waha Capital’s annual general meeting.

Waha Capital continued to build and optimize its Private Investments portfolio in 2018, through two transactions that served to diversify and enhance the liquidity of its assets.  

During the year, the company divested its stake in UAE-based National Petroleum Services (NPS) to National Energy Services Reunited (NESR) in a cash and shares transaction. This freed up additional capital and gave Waha Capital a stake in NASDAQ-listed NESR.

Waha Capital also acquired a stake in Petronash, a leading provider of modular wellsite packages, chemical injection systems and wellhead control systems to the oil and gas industry. The US$ 88 million transaction included an option to increase Waha Capital’s stake in one of the most innovative firms operating in the oil and gas services industry.
Commenting on the results, H.E Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, Chairman of Waha Capital, said: “Waha Capital continues to build a strong business, despite volatile capital markets and difficult operating conditions for some of our investments. The company’s strategy is to remain focused on deploying capital effectively in our areas of expertise, with a clear path to liquidity events that will create value for our shareholders. Our Asset Management business is developing well, and we continue to gather third party assets in the last year. Our strategy of diversification in recent years has given the company strength, and we expect to build on our strong track record of value creation in the coming years.”

Michael Raynes, Chief Executive officer of Waha Capital, said: “Against a difficult economic and capital markets backdrop, the team at Waha Capital is working hard to ensure that the company remains resilient, and is well positioned to deliver growth in the coming years. We carried out two transactions in 2018 that illustrate our approach. The Petronash deal was structured to give Waha Capital even more upside through a larger stake, as the company grows. Meanwhile, we converted our stake in NPS into a liquid stake in a highly ambitious NASDAQ-listed firm, NESR. Both deals are designed to generate significant long-term shareholder value. Our Asset Management business continues to grow, through an intensified marketing programme that is targeting institutional investors in the MENA region and North America. While debt and equity capital markets have been volatile in the last year, our funds continue to outperform benchmarks, and have delivered impressive total returns over the last five years. The management team remains focused on strengthening and growing our businesses further in 2019.” 

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