Multiply Group, a technology-focused holding company, has reported AED462 million ($126 million) in net profit for the first half (H1) of 2022 on the strength of its investments and performance of its subsidiaries.
The group, listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), saw its H1 2022 figures show revenue of AED507 million and gross margin of AED250 million. Net profit equates to a healthy 91% of revenue for the period with investment and other income of AED300 million helping to drive profitability.
There was also strong performance across the group's subsidiaries, which cover five vertical segments: media and communications, utilities, ventures, wellness and beauty, and digital economy. All the group operating units were profitable in H1 and exceeded operational targets.
The group continues to benefit from a strong liquidity position, with AED3.24 billion in cash and bank balances and negligible debt. This will allow Multiply Group to pursue attractive targets globally and ensure an efficient deployment of capital, striking the balance between steady companies that generate recurring income and high-growth businesses.
Based on the group's strong operating performance, the current growth of the subsidiaries, and strong pipeline of potential investments, Multiply Group expects its profitability to significantly accelerate during the rest of 2022.
Samia Bouazza, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director said: "Multiply Group saw strong profitability throughout the first half of 2022 as our subsidiaries continued to register robust growth. Despite the ongoing headwinds, we see a remarkable resilience across our portfolio. Our outlook for the rest of the year is very positive, and we expect our profitability to accelerate as we focus on two key areas of growth. Firstly, we will use our strong cash base to seek out further investment opportunities locally and globally as we capitalise on softening market conditions and identify opportunistic deals. Secondly, we will continue to deliver synergies and cost savings across our businesses through our operational excellence and digital transformation programmes."
Meanwhile, Emirates Driving Company has completed more than two-thirds of its third main branch, located in Madinat Zayed. The company also successfully completed the audit for the new ISO 39001:2012 Road Traffic Safety Management System.
Pal Cooling Holding, part of the group's utilities vertical, successfully completed and commissioned a second district cooling plant for the Shams Development, with a full design capacity of 57,000 RT.
Omorfia Group, which comprises personal care and beauty companies, continued to expand and modernise its network across H1 2022 as well as branch out into higher-value services such as physiotherapy.
Multiply Group made significant investments in H1 2022. In January, it invested AED92 million in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, a direct-to-consumer e-commerce fashion company. The investment was part of a funding round alongside other international investors that included Neuberger Berman and LionTree.
In April, Multiply Group invested AED367 million as a cornerstone investor in the initial public offering of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), one of the region’s leading fully integrated utilities companies.
This was followed by an investment in May of AED183.75 million in the initial public offering of Borouge plc, again as a cornerstone investor. The investment reflected the strength and depth of the Abu Dhabi market and also presented Multiply Group with an opportunity to partner with Adnoc Group, which is playing a vital role in the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
The group launched its workplace wellness programme in May as part of its ESG commitment. The programme aims to promote work-life balance and support the mental and physical wellbeing of the group's 3,000+ employees and is driven by its subsidiary, HealthierU.
Inclusion in major indices
By March 2022, Multiply Group had been included on the FADX 15 index, cementing its position as a major listed company in the UAE less than four months after its listing on ADX. The group was also added to the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS) Mid Cap Index with effect on June 20 2022.-- TradeArabia News Service