Gulf Finance House (GFH), the Bahrain based Islamic investment bank, announced its financial results for the first half of 2014 ended June 30, 2014 ‘the period’ again reporting solid performance and strongly improved profitability.
GFH reported a net profit of $10.6m for the period compared with $4.2m for the prior year period. The Bank’s consolidated profits rose by 152% in current period compared to the prior year period although an impairment of $10m was conservatively taken. Net profit for the second quarter of 2014 was $9.5m as against $2.7m only achieved in the second quarter of the year 2013.
Total income for the first half of 2014 was $88.2m compared with $24.5m for the same period of the year 2013. This includes $45.3m from the consolidation of the results of the industrial subsidiaries. Excluding the income achieved from industrial businesses, this represents an increase of 75% in the Bank’s income from its investment banking business lines as against the comparable period of the year 2013. Contributing to this positive result among other factors was the income of $33m generated from recoveries of previous investments in the form of land, which was concluded during the second quarter.
Operating expenses for the period were $67.6m. Excluding expenses related to industrial operations, other operating expenses were $27.5m versus $19.6m incurred in the comparable period of last year.
It is also worth mentioning that the first half of the year also saw further progress in the strengthening the Bank’s balance sheet where GFH made debt repayments of approximately $7m during the period, representing a reduction of approximately 3.5% of the Bank’s total financing liabilities and underscoring a solid track record of timely debt repayments, a situation that reflects a healthy cash and financial position as well as the overall strong credit quality of the Bank. Early in the third quarter of 2014, the Bank has further repaid $25m to its financiers exhibiting its ongoing commitments to and execution of the restructuring plan signed with such financiers back in 2012.
Commenting on 2014 first-half results, Mr. Hisham Al Rayes, CEO of GFH, said, “We are pleased to announce another period of healthy results and enhanced profitability. In the first half of the year, the Bank concluded a number of investments in the UAE market, where we are looking to expand our exposure and benefit from strong dynamics in sectors including education, tourism and real estate development. Among our other goals during the period was to continue strengthening the Bank’s financial position. We are particularly pleased with the progress made on this front. Through ongoing fiscal discipline and effective balance sheet management, we have put the Bank on a stronger financial footing that will enable it to enter into the second half of the year well positioned to pursue new investments and achieve further financial growth and increased profitability.”
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