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Dubai Investments gets Dh700 m of Dh1.2 bln loan

Post Time:Oct 26,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:274

 

Dubai Investments has secured Dh700 million ($190.6 million) of a Dh1.2 billion loan it wants to raise, but will post a weaker third-quarter profit because of provisions, the firm's chief executive said on Tuesday.

 

The company sees third-quarter profit of Dh30 million, compared to a profit of Dh213.61 million a year-ago, chief executive Khalid Bin Kalban told reporters at a press conference.

 

Profit for the nine-months to Sept. 30 should be around Dh270 million, he said.

 

"The third quarter will be worse than Q1 and Q2. We have to take provisions for clients in Libya and Syria who have not paid due to the unrest," he said.

 

The company, which has interests in several sectors including property and manufacturing, has now secured Dh700 million of the Dh1.2 billion dirham. It had only raised quarter of this total by July, having said in April it expected the loan to be finalised by May.

 

This was to be used to expand Emirates Float Glass, a manufacturing unit in Abu Dhabi and to complete the last phase of its industrial development Dubai Investment Park.

 

Kalban said the company is eyeing three acquisitions in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, valued at Dh250 million, as it looks to increase its footprint outside the Gulf Arab region.

He said Dubai Investments is also looking at acquisition or start-up opportunities in India and will try to revive a stalled project in Libya it values at 80 million euros.

 

Kalban said Dubai Investments would increase the capital of its private equity unit Masharie to Dh1 billion from Dh600 million, pending shareholder approval.

 

It had planned to sell a 30-per cent stake in the unit through an initial public offering in mid-2011, but this has been postponed because of depressed market conditions.

 

Source: Emirates 24/7Author: shangyi

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