SHUAA Capital psc (DFM: SHUAA), the leading asset management and investment banking platform in the region, has announced its financial results for Q3-2020. The company delivered a solid performance, with net profit of AED 59 million for the third quarter taking Q3-YTD net profit to AED 64 million. The Group also saw continued strong EBITDA generation with Q3-2020 EBITDA standing at AED 114 million. This performance was primarily driven by positive mark-to-market effects on investment portfolio despite a proactive negative valuation adjustment.
SHUAA’s asset management business maintained its solid base and positive trajectory, with assets under management increasing to USD 13.6 billion at the end of Q3-2020 compared to USD 13.0 billion in Q2-2020, driven by net new money, market performance and FX gains.
Continued execution against integration targets
With post-merger systems and organizational integration on track, SHUAA has realized 55% of its previously increased synergies target to be achieved by end 2021, this translates to AED 30 million out of the AED 55 million target.
Additionally, the company continues to downsize its non-strategic assets, achieving a 39% reduction in its non-core asset unit (NCU) since July 2019 to date and remains on track to close the unit by end of 2021.
Continued progress on executing against our strategic objectives
The company has made further headway in strengthening and growing its core businesses as well as diversifying its product and service offering within these core businesses. This is following an active quarter which saw SHUAA launch new funds demonstrating clear progress on our plan to increase recurring revenue streams through permanent capital vehicles.
These include the SHUAA Financing Opportunities Fund, which is not only SHUAA’s first dedicated financing fund but also the company’s first fund focused on private Sharia-compliant financing in the GCC. The fund achieved first close on 29 September 2020 with USD 68 million in commitments from investors. In addition, shortly after the period end on 4 October, SHUAA launched three Sharia-compliant funds, the first such funds within an ICC umbrella to launch on the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), with USD 75 million in commitments received. These products build on SHUAA’s track record of creating innovative investment opportunities for its clients, and further support its commitment to the Islamic investment industry where the company sees strong investor appetite.
Balance sheet and funding profile strengthened by recent bond issue
SHUAA recently completed the issue of a new bond, which marks the first high yield issuance in the MENA region since the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, raising USD 150 million. The bond was admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s International Securities Market on 28 October 2020 and attracted significant institutional interest across the region and beyond, allowing SHUAA to raise the targeted USD 150 million. The bond issue represents a further milestone in executing on the company’s strategic levers by fortifying its balance sheet and strengthening its financial position going forward. With that, SHUAA has completed its funding plan for 2020.
Commenting on SHUAA’s Q3-2020 results, Jassim Alseddiqi, Chief Executive Officer of SHUAA Capital, said: “With a resilient business model in place and a clear strategy to achieve long-term sustainable growth, SHUAA has continued to achieve significant progress in Q3-2020. It is once again testament to our team that despite the considerable ongoing challenges of the current pandemic, we have been able to achieve so much, both operationally – with the successful launch of our new funds in recent months – and financially, strengthening our balance sheet and increasing our earnings visibility going forward.
“Looking ahead, we will remain focused on our strategy, build recurring revenues and fortify our financial position so that, irrespective of the global backdrop, we can continue to succeed and create value for our clients and shareholders.”