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Aldar's 2019 net profit surges 7pc to $540m

ABU DHABI, February 12, 2020

Leading Abu Dhabi-based developer Aldar Properties has reported a 7 per cent year-on-year increase in its net profit for full year 2019 which surged to Dh1.984 billion ($540 million), driven by growth across both its development and asset management businesses.

Announcing the results on Wednesday, chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak said: "Abu Dhabi’s real estate market is benefiting from an economy that is transitioning to a global cultural, business and trade hub, thanks to government investments and newly introduced pro-business policies."

"As a leader in the real estate market, Aldar has been able to swiftly convert those emerging opportunities to generate additional value for our shareholders. Looking ahead, our unique portfolio of investment properties and valuable land bank will enable us to continue to deliver attractive returns to our shareholders," he noted.

Impressed with the results, the Aldar’s board of directors has recommended a cash dividend of Dh0.145 per share, representing a 4 per cent growth on 2018’s dividend of Dh0.14 per share.

CEO Talal Al Dhiyebi said: "As the Abu Dhabi government’s fiscal growth programmes take effect, we are seeing clear signs of growth in key segments of the real estate market."

"The improving operating environment is feeding into Aldar’s performance, through a 53 per cent increase in development sales, a 30 per cent increase in hospitality profit, and an 80 per cent rise in profit from Aldar Education. We remain confident in our platform’s ability to grow and deliver sustainable returns to our shareholders," he noted.

The focus of Aldar’s development strategy will centre around its key locations such as Yas Island and Saadiyat Island, which benefit from well-developed infrastructure already in place.-TradeArabia News Service




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