February 23, 2024


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Dubai’s Gulf Navigation may very well be subsequent large comeback amongst DFM-listed entities

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All of which meant that Might 17 was the final buying and selling date for the inventory earlier than the discount and value adjustment got here into impact.

It’s been a troublesome 3-year trip for Gulf Navigation, throughout which it has needed to take care of a run of monetary losses, the lack of a ship at sea, and the uncertainties attributable to the pandemic and world disruptions to world delivery actions.

The brand new capital of the corporate will likely be Dh637.69 million after the 50 per cent discount. The inventory will begin buying and selling underneath the revised methods on Might 22. After the worth adjustment on capital discount, the inventory will begin at Dh3.04.

In current months, there has been talks a couple of new investor coming in, injecting recent funds into the corporate. To date, nothing has materialised. On Thursday (Might 18). Gulf Navigation notified that the shareholding by Etmar Holdings – Sole Proprietorship has dropped beneath 5 per cent, and that of International Fairness Funding has elevated to 7.6 per cent.

“This can be a season of turnarounds for a number of the stalwart shares on DFM,” stated an analyst. “There’s Union Properties and Amlak that got here up with monetary restructuring and higher Q1-23 numbers. Gulf Navigation might effectively be the third.” (One other firm, presently not buying and selling, that may be hoping for such a comeback in Drake & Scull Worldwide.)

The opposite hypothesis is {that a} group of buyers would are available in, with their funds seeing by way of Gulf Navigation’s medium-term wants, together with fleet enlargement.

On the operational facet, the primary three months additionally supplied a fillip. There was a internet revenue of Dh13.5 million to point out for it towards Dh1.8 million revenue a 12 months in the past.

“The prospects for development stay promising for the corporate,” stated Ahmad Kilani, Board Member and Managing Director.

Whole shareholders’ fairness elevated to Dh444 million as of finish March. The corporate additionally decreased financing prices by 23 per cent to Dh6.6 million.

“The outcomes comes at a time when the corporate has launched into a brand new part of development and growth,” stated the MD. Gulf Navigation was ‘capable of preserve profitability ranges because of the measures taken by the board and the initiatives adopted all through the earlier interval, together with the enhancements to the corporate’s enterprise mannequin.

“The corporate lately restructured and settled one among its loans, thus acquiring a 40 per cent haircut on the remaining quantity. Along with that, we succeeded in promoting ‘Gulf Mishref’ vessel in early Might; and the excess from the proceeds of promoting the ship and settling all money owed will give us the chance to learn from the brand new liquidity in acquiring new vessels, increasing and growing our fleet of petrochemical tankers.

“The sale proceeds will contribute to paying a number of the firm’s money owed and enhancing the liquidity and profitability for the second quarter of this 12 months”..

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