Preliminary Q1 2017 Earnings Release

SHUAA Capital today announces its preliminary and unaudited Q1 2017 financial results for the period ended 31 March 2017, with the financial services firm returning to profitability after two years. The turnaround was driven primarily by gains from proprietary investments, a significant reduction in provisions and stringent cost controls.

Following a strategic business streamlining exercise, SHUAA Capital’s Lending unit ‘Gulf Finance‘ rebounded from the depressed SME sector to report a noteworthy profit of AED 8.7 million (Q1 2016: loss AED 17.1 million), the division’s first profitable quarter since Q3 2015. Active client servicing and collection efforts allowed Gulf Finance to significantly bridge the provisions gap which fell to AED 1.9 million as compared to AED 34.0 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016. Revenues for the period declined to AED 20.1 million (Q1 2016: AED 40.6 million), as the unit continues to focus on recoveries and de-leveraging its balance sheet.

The firm’s Corporate division reported profits of AED 16.5 million (Q1 2016: loss AED 11.7 million). The positive swing was mainly down to income from proprietary investments coupled with a reduction in costs and improved efficiencies.

SHUAA Capital’s total revenues for the three months ended 31 March 2017, stood at AED 31.8 million (Q1 2016: AED 45.5 million), while General and Administrative Expenses falling by 31.0% to AED 22.8 million (Q1 2016: AED 33.0 million).

Jassim Alseddiqi, Chairman of SHUAA Capital, said: “SHUAA Capital is steadily implementing the necessary steps to return the business to the path of sustainable profitability. We are pleased with the strong start to the year and the solid progress made to date, but we also recognise that there is still more work to do and more challenges ahead. Our focus for the coming quarters is to build on these solid foundations by addressing any remaining legacy issues while capturing new opportunities both in the UAE and abroad. SHUAA Capital is on the way to retaking its place at the forefront of the region’s financial services industry.”

SHUAA Capital’s Asset Management unit recorded revenues of AED 5.7 million (Q1 2016: AED 9.4 million) during the first three months of 2017. Profit during the period was AED 1.4 million (Q1 2016: AED 4.5 million). The unit, which manages and identifies premium real estate opportunities in both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is in the process of handing over a project in Riyadh.

The Investment Banking division reported revenues of AED 0.7 million (Q1 2016: AED 1.4 million) and a loss of AED 0.8 million (Q1 2016: AED 0.3 million) for the period. The Capital Markets division, which handles equities and fixed income trading, and Market Making activities on the Nasdaq Dubai Equities and Futures market reported a significant increase in revenues to AED 4.2 million (Q1 2016: AED 1.4 million), and a reduction in losses to AED 1.0 million (Q1 2016: AED 2.9 million).

SHUAA expects to publish its earnings release and reviewed interim condensed consolidated financial statements for Q1 2017 in May 2017.