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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Gulf News - Despite everything, there were some clear winners in 2020 among UAE's listed companies

by Century Financial in Century in News

Gulf News - Despite everything, there were some...

Vijay Valecha, Special to The Gulf News, Dated 18 Feb 2021

For the week ended February 18, DFM declined 1.37 percent and ADX lower by 0.41 percent.

Global equities, in general, are subdued as sovereign yields climb. In the bond market, US 10-year yields have broken above March 2020's high to touch 1.33 percent.

Nonetheless, the overall trend of equities is likely to be bullish as the rise in yields is due to high growth expectations rather than tightening monetary policy.

Among UAE equities, the top performers were Easy Lease Motors (up 16.44 percent), Al Khaleej Investment (14.55 percent), RAK Properties (11.32 percent), Oman Insurance (10.26 percent), and Al Ramz Corporation Investment (8.11 percent).

Out of the 128 listed companies, 52 have so far announced their earnings for 2020. An analysis of the numbers might not give a complete picture but will give an idea about trends. As expected, aggregate revenues and profits have declined. This is not surprising as the pandemic had ravaged economies in the second quarter of 2020.

The companies that reported saw revenues fall 7.75 percent from Dh280 billion to Dh258 billion, while profits fell by 34 percent from Dh67 billion to Dh44 billion.

IHC by a distance

Well, no prizes for guessing on which was the fastest-growing company in the UAE's listed space. As any UAE investor would know, International Holdings Co (IHC) with a market capitalisation of Dh84.69 billion is the top performer on the revenue side.

Aided by acquisitions, IHC grew its sales by a whopping 460 percent to Dh7.05 billion, while profits grew an astonishing 497 percent to Dh3.01 billion. The other performers in terms of sales growth are Waha Capital (up 93.74 percent), Dubai Financial Market (24.14 percent), Aldar Properties (17.41 percent), Emirates Driving (15.11 percent), Tabreed (14.51 percent), National General Insurance (12.41 percent), Fujairah Cement Industries (8.92 percent), United Foods (7.43 percent) and Aramex (5.05 percent).

Aldar and Damac grew their sales in a challenging real estate market.

Repeat performance?

The best performers in terms of profits are United Kaipara Diaries (593 percent), Ras Al Khaimah National Insurance (281 percent), National General Insurance (164 percent), United Foods (35 percent), Abu Dhabi National Insurance (30.52 percent), Emirates Driving Company (20.39 percent), Tabreed (16.48 percent), Dubai Financial Market (14.34 percent) and ADNOC Distribution (12.93 percent).

For investors in UAE equities, it is worth watching these top performers. These companies excelled amidst the most significant economic crisis of the last 100 years. There is no reason that they will not perform well in 2021.

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