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Esterad Wins Big: Investment boom fuels 20% profit jump

TDT | Manama     

The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com

Esterad Investment Co. announced its financial results for the first quarter of ending March 31, 2024.

Net profit attributable to shareholders was BD 435,793 for the first quarter compared to BD 362,188 for the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 20%.

Stronger profits were a result of fees generated from the Company’s investment activities and growth in returns from its real estate and private equity portfolios.

Earnings per share for the quarter was 2.8 fils compared with 2.6 fils in the first quarter of last year.

Total comprehensive income attributable to shareholders amounted to BD 565, compared to negative income of BD 22,084 in the first quarter of last year.

Total income was BD 1,977,805 compared to BD 749,033 in the first quarter of 2023, up 164%.

The increase resulted from income generated from key assets within the Company’s recently acquired diversified global private equity and real estate portfolio, and fees generated from Esterad Bank.

Commenting on the results, Ahmed Abdulrahman, CEO of Esterad, said, “During the first quarter of the year, we realised solid returns from our trading activities and investments and began to benefit from the restructuring of key assets including those that were recently acquired.

We are especially pleased with the performance of our diversified global private equity and real estate portfolio.

Through the successful repositioning and management of a number of key assets, we realised meaningful initial gains, which we expect will even further strengthen as we go forward.

“Additionally, we saw positive contributions and progress from Esterad Bank, with the quarter marking an important milestone with the Bank launching its first new investment offerings to the market in five years.

We couldn’t be happier with the results, which saw it successfully arrange and place the US$10 million Amwaj Mezzanine Program, which was oversubscribed by regional investors.

Strong uptake of the deal is a significant vote of confidence from the market in the Bank’s new strategy and management and critical to our ongoing restructuring and efforts to recapitalize the Bank.

Building on the success of this transaction, the Bank will also soon announce additional opportunities for investors.

This includes three expected deals together valued at US$130 million across well-performing sectors and geographies such multifamily housing in the US, the fast-growing GCC F&B sector, and high yielding secured mezzanine financing in the UK.” Adding Abdulrahman said, “We are also very pleased with results and further developments at our flagship Amwaj Beachfront project during the first quarter.

Having neared completion of phase one at the end of last year, we began the handover of 52 luxury town houses during the quarter.

We also appointed contractors to advance phase two works, covering initial construction of the project’s three iconic towers, which comprise 700 units to be completed during phase three.

We are also very proud of the impact the project is having on Bahrain’s real estate market as we continue to attract investment to the Kingdom from buyers across the region and beyond.