TECOM Group Announces 49% Growth in Net Profit in 2023

TECOM Group Announces 49% Growth in Net Profit in 2023

TECOM Group PJSC (DFM: TECOM), (the “Company” or the “Group”), the creator of specialised business districts and vibrant communities, today announced a record AED 2.2 billion in revenue, representing a 10% year-on-year (YoY) increase and a 49% YoY increase in net profit to AED 1.1 billion for the financial year ended 31 December 2023 (FY 2023).

The strong financial performance was driven by robust demand from new and existing customers operating across all six sectors the Group serves, underpinned by Dubai’s resilient economic performance, pro-growth and diversification government initiatives, and bullish consumer and business confidence.

In a statement, Malek Al Malek, Chairman of TECOM Group, highlighted the outstanding performance of Dubai's commercial real estate sector in 2023, positioning TECOM Group as a key player and contributor to the city's knowledge and innovation-based economy. Al Malek also announced strong financial results, record revenue, and net profit for the year, leading to a recommended dividend payout of AED 400 million to shareholders for the second half of 2023, reflecting confidence in sustaining growth momentum in 2024.

Abdulla Belhoul, CEO of TECOM Group, highlighted the company's strong financial performance, attributing it to their adeptness in seizing opportunities in Dubai's thriving commercial and industrial market. He emphasized the successful conversion of demand-driven business growth into sustainable profitability through operational efficiency, resulting in increased EBITDA and EBITDA margins, and expressed confidence in maintaining growth momentum in 2024 and beyond with a well-balanced business model and strategic assets.

Commentary on Full Year 2023

  • Revenue increased by 10% YoY to AED 2.2 billion, the highest on record for the Group, driven by elevated occupancy rates on the back of high customer retention rates and an increase in the number of new customers across the Group’s portfolio.
    • As of 31 December 2023, the occupancy rate for commercial and industrial portfolio was 89%, registering the third quarter of sequential growth and a substantial increase from year-end 2022 occupancy rate of 86%.
    • The lease of industrial lands witnessed a strong demand in 2023, as the occupancy rate rose to 94%, compared to an occupancy rate of 81% during the year 2022.
  • EBITDA increased by 23% YoY to AED 1.7 billion and the EBITDA margin expanded to 76% compared to 68% in 2022. The significant rise in EBITDA and EBITDA margin is owed to enhanced revenue quality, attributed to improving macro conditions.
  • Net profit jumped 49% YoY to an all-time high of AED 1.1 billion driven by strong broad-based growth across the business, lower operational and financial costs, owing to the Group’s ongoing efforts to enhance operations, reduce costs to complement its funding needs and growth plans.
  • Funds from operations (FFO) stood at AED 1.4 billion, representing a 21% YoY increase, on improved collections and increased performance of income-generating assets.
  • In June 2023, TECOM Group refinanced an existing AED 7.6 billion loan facility at lower rates and more favourable terms, enabling it to reduce its financial costs in the second half of the year and ending the year at a very comfortable debt-to-equity ratio of 0.7x. As part of the refinanced facility, the Group can tap an AED 3.2 billion revolving credit facility to invest in the business.
  • Following an independent valuation exercise, the market value of the Group’s real estate investments portfolio increased by 7.7% YoY to reach AED 22.9 billion as of 31 December 2023, achieving a record growth of 18.2% since the IPO, which reflects the distinctive performance of its operational assets.
    Commentary on Q4 2023
  • Revenue increased by 17% YoY to AED 579 million, due to an increase in new customers including Yango, Sokovo, Himalaya Wellness and Nutridor, among others, as well as strong demand from existing customers.
  • EBITDA rose by 61% YoY to AED 419 million with EBITDA margins expanding to 72% compared to 53% in the same period a year ago. Strong EBITDA performance is owed to higher top-line and enhanced operations.
  • Net profit more than tripled to AED 311 million.

Q4 2023 Corporate Highlights

  • Global technology leader Sprinklr and Yango, a technology company dedicated to enhancing local communities through global innovations announced the inauguration of its new office at Dubai Internet City during GITEX Global 2023.
  • Global biotechnology company BeiGene opened its regional office at Dubai Science Park.
  • Dubai Science Park and EY announced early findings of their white paper focused on healthcare sector during COP28.
  • L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, founded in 2012 with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels, opened its doors in Dubai Design District (d3), with its inaugural exhibition, Garden of Emeralds.
  • Dubai Knowledge Park celebrated its 20th anniversary as the hub for lifelong learning and a catalyst for the region’s knowledge-based economy. It also secured the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube.
  • Sokovo inaugurates advanced hydroponic vertical farm at Dubai Industrial City to bolster national food security agenda.
  • Nutridor expanded its regional footprint of dairy brand Abevia with inauguration of AED 75 million factory at Dubai Industrial City.
  • Himalaya Wellness has broken ground for its upcoming AED 200 million state-of-the-art herbal pharmaceutical factory at Dubai Industrial City.

ESG 2023 Highlights

In 2023, TECOM Group remained dedicated to transparent governance, driving economic growth, nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace and fostering sustainable practices. Key highlights for the year include:

• 9.83% increase in active startups, for a total of 380 active startups under the in5 incubator compared to 346 in 2022.

• Invested almost AED 1.5 million into CSR activities that delivered initiatives such as ‘The Good Store’ and ‘WeWalk’.

• 11% increase in clean energy generated to 12.35 GWh compared to 11.14 GWh in 2022.

• 8 new LEED certified buildings, with a total of 30 LEED-certified buildings in 2023.

• Participation and active engagements during COP28 with several strategic partnerships formed with Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, and Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

News Source: Dubai Media Office

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