AD Ports Group 9-month revenue surges 22% to Dh2.791 billion

New land leases in industrial zones reached 2.7 million square metres; Signing of a 35-year concession with CMA terminals to build a new terminal in Khalifa Port with a total investment Dh565 million



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Muzaffar Rizvi

Published: Sat 13 Nov 2021, 6:30 PM

AD Ports Group on Saturday said its nine-month revenue this year recorded 22 per cent year-on-year growth to Dh2.791 billion (760 million) compared to Dh2.295 billion ($625 million) in the same period last year, driven by volume growth, business diversification and new partnerships.

EBITDA rose seven per cent year-on-year basis to Dh1.161 billion ($316 million) during this period, up from Dh1.081 billion ($295 million) during the same period in 2020, with growth across most of the business clusters.

General cargo volumes rose to 37 million metric tonnes in year-to-date September 2021, up from 22 million metric tonnes in the same period in 2020 while industrial zones leased about 2.7 million square metres of land in this period, reflecting the wider global recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, although some supply chain issues remain.

Container throughput grew to 2.47 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in the first nine months of 2021, up from 2.42 million TEUs in the same period in 2020, despite the ongoing supply constraints faced in the global shipping and container market.

“We reported solid results for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, due to continuing growth in our core businesses and incremental returns from new investments. We are well-positioned for sustained growth as the world economy recovers from the impact of the global pandemic and as we take an active role in helping to resolve global supply chain issues. Our commitment to contribute to Abu Dhabi’s and the UAE’s economic development is stronger than ever,” Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamsi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said.

Operational highlights from the period included the signing of a concession agreement with CMA CGM Group in July 2021 to establish a new terminal in Khalifa Port. AD Ports Group also signed a Heads of Terms agreement with Aqaba Development Corporation to build and operate a new cruise terminal at the Port of Aqaba, Jordan, the first of its kind in the country and AD Ports Group’s first cruise facility outside the UAE.

In addition, the group signed a preliminary agreement with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI), to explore potential opportunities in the transportation and maritime sectors.

“We have maintained our focus on delivering stable returns, building on the firm foundation of our long-term contracts backed by a prudent investment strategy. We are beginning to realise returns from our new investments, joint ventures and partnerships across feedering, offshore and transhipment services as well as from our expansion of logistics services. Our invested capital increased to Dh23 billion ($6.3 billion) in the first nine months of 2021, up from Dh19.9 billion ($5.4 billion) in the same period in 2020, in line with our ongoing expansion programme,” Martin Aarup, group chief financial officer, AD Ports Group, said.

— muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com


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