Union Properties posts Dh0.285 million net profit in Q2

Turnaround strategy continues to drive cost efficiencies with administrative and general expenses down 32% year-on-year



The company is cautiously optimistic on outlook as explore a number of development options that expect to generate long term value for investors from attractive asset base. — File photo
The company is cautiously optimistic on outlook as explore a number of development options that expect to generate long term value for investors from attractive asset base. — File photo

By Staff Report

Published: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 4:52 PM

Last updated: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 4:53 PM

Union Properties on Thursday said the company recorded Dh285,000 net profit during the second quarter as compared to Dh26 million in the same quarter last year.

In a statement, the property firm said it returned to profit during the April-June quarter compared to a net loss of Dh12 million in the preceding quarter despite incurring finance costs related to legacy debt of Dh16 million, representing 14 per cent of the company’s total consolidated costs.

"Debt restructuring remains a key priority for Union Properties’ management," the statement said.

It also reported Dh3 million operating profit in second quarter from a loss of Dh36 million for the same period last year. The company said management’s focus on efficiency has enabled Union Properties to preserve its book value at Dh1.9 billion, equivalent to Dh0.446 per share.

Revenue from contracts with customers remained stable at Dh99 million in April-June quarter this year, as the group’s subsidiaries delivered healthy performance improvements, supported by strong market dynamics in the UAE’s real estate sector. Gross profit for the same period increased seven per cent to Dh14 million.

Union Properties continued to make strong progress in the execution of its turnaround strategy, delivering significant cost efficiencies during the second quarter of the year. Administrative and general expenses declined by 42 per cent year-on-year to Dh17 million in Q2 2022, and by 32 per cent to Dh37 million in first half of 2022, compared to the same period last year.

Reorganisation of business units

As part of its ongoing strategy to improve efficiency and productivity across the business, Union Properties merged three of its existing business units — EDACOM Owners Management Association, Uptown Mirdiff Mall, and Al Etihad Cold Store — into one single entity, EDACOM Asset Management. The consolidation is expected to improve profitability by driving efficient resource and asset utilisation, economies of scale and cost rationalization.

"The company expects to realise additional one-time cost savings of Dh7 million over the next 12 months from the reorganisation," the statement said.

Turnaround strategy

Amer Khansaheb, board member and managing director of Union Properties, said the continued improvement in Union Properties financial performance reflects our success to date in executing our turnaround strategy.

"We remain laser focused on driving growth and delivering cost efficiencies, particularly at a subsidiary level. Of note, we have launched a number of initiatives to optimise performance across the business, including the consolidation of three of our business units into EDACOM Asset Management, which is expected to deliver significant cost savings over the remainder of the year. The work underway lays a solid foundation for future growth and value creation for our shareholders," he said.

He said Union Properties owns a vast land bank, in a fast-developing location, which is gaining traction and popularity with investors and residents.

"Looking ahead, we are cautiously optimistic as we explore a number of development options that we expect to generate long term value for our investors,” he said.

On October 24, 2021, Union Properties disclosed to Dubai Financial Market an arbitration claim filed by one of its subsidiaries, which is still being reviewed by the arbitral tribunal. As part of the company’s commitment to transparency, it will continue to keep the market and the shareholders updated on any further developments.

— muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com


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