SWF of Bahrain reports BHD 52.8 million loss for 2019

Mumtalakat, the SWF of Bahrain, has announced its consolidated financial results for the year ended 31st December 2019.

SWF of Bahrain reports BHD 52.8 million lossThe results reflect another year of solid financial and operational performance across the Mumtalakat group.

Group Financial highlights

SWF of Bahrain reported that operating income for the group increased by 211% to reach BHD 125 million [USD 332.4 million] compared to BHD 40.2 million in 2018 [USD 106.9 million] as a result of the group focus on revenue enhancement and cost control which has also reflected in increasing the group revenues by 11% to reach BHD 2.3 billion [USD 6.1 billion] compared to BHD 2.1 billion [USD 5.6 billion] in 2018.

Mumtalakat total assets value reached BHD 7.1 billion [USD 18.9 billion] in 2019.

Portfolio highlights

Despite a challenging year in the commodities market, Aluminium Bahrain “Alba” reported positive results for the year 2019, with revenue increasing by 13% and sales volume by 33%. Alba also inaugurated its Line 6 Expansion Project boosting Alba’s per-annum production to become the world’s largest smelter ex-China.

Gulf Air recorded an increase in revenue by 13% from BHD 365.1 million [USD 971.0 million] in 2018 to BHD 412.7 million [USD 1,097.6 million] in 2019, primarily due to operating new destinations and increased capacity after delivery of the Boeing 787 and Airbus A320Neo to the fleet.

Batelco Group grew its net profit by 3%. Last year Batelco launched National Broadband Network (BNET), the group’s new independent wholesale unit which aims to provide fiber broadband network services to all licensed operators in Bahrain.

McLaren had a positive year in 2019 with an increase in revenue by 18% coming in from the higher volume of cars sold

The SWF of Bahrain completed a number of transactions in 2019 including investing in Grupo Premo (Premo), the leading Spanish manufacturer and distributor in the electromagnetic inductive components field which is used in automotive, telecommunications and electronics industries, and Bahrain based Elm education platform (Elm), a fund dedicated to developing the education sector in Bahrain and the wider Middle East and North Africa region whose investments include the American University of Bahrain which opened its doors to the public in September 2019.

Commenting on the financial results, H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of Mumtalakat said, “Despite the challenging global and regional economic environment, Mumtalakat has exhibited resilience and growth as it continues to play a vital role in the local economy supported by the Group’s solid financial and operational performance.”

H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, CEO of the SWF of Bahrain, said, “During 2019 Mumtalakat secured new investments and continued to work with its portfolio companies to focus on revenue enhancement and cost control which has contributed to a significant increase in operating income. This is in line with Mumtalakat’s ongoing efforts to maintain a balanced, diversified and sustainable portfolio.”

Profit before impairment losses increased by 47% from BHD 56.4 million [USD 150.0 million] in 2018 to BHD 82.9 million [USD 220.5 million] in 2019. The increase was primarily on account of the increase in operating revenue and increased fair value gain on investments.

The Group net result showed a loss of BHD 52.8 million [USD 140.4 million] in 2019 which was primarily due to non-cash impairment losses, recognized on goodwill relating to Alba, amounting to BHD 135.7 million [USD 360.9 million]. These losses, while impacting the group net results for 2019 do not represent a cash loss but rather represent a reduction in the value of goodwill on Mumtalakat’s books of accounts.

2019 was a challenging year in the commodities market which has weakened global aluminium price outlook. This has resulted in SWF of Bahrain recording impairment losses on goodwill related to Alba in the amount of BHD 135.7 million [USD 360.9 million]. Upholding our principles of prudence and transparency, Mumtalakat took the non-cash impairment on goodwill to reflect current market conditions affecting the industry.

Since its establishment in 2006, Mumtalakat’s portfolio has grown from 29 companies mainly in Bahrain to over 60 companies across various markets.

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