Dubai Aerospace Enterprise's (DAE) total revenue more than tripled to $711.4 million for the first half of 2018, from $228.7 million during the same period in 2017.
''The increase reflected a substantial growth in the company’s fleet following the merger with AWAS to 375 owned, managed and committed aircraft and an increase in total assets to $15.5 billion,'' said a company statement.
'Profit before tax surged to $224 million compared to $42.5 million for the same period in 2017, while pre-tax profit margin reached 31.5 percent, it said.
During the period, DAE successfully completed the integration of the AWAS platform while remaining active in the marketplace.
DAE purchased 15 aircraft, disposed of 8 aircraft and closed a total of $774.5 million of borrowings in the first half.
DAE also announced the sale of 16 aircraft with a total market value of $900 million, taking the opportunity to profitably monetise a portion of its assets during a period of strong investor demand for aircraft assets. Since the closing of the merger in August 2017, DAE’s combined platform has now completed 108 aircraft transactions with an aircraft transaction closing on average every 2.7 days, it said.
DAE also continued to improve its credit and liquidity metrics during the period. Unsecured obligations increased significantly with the signing of a four-year revolving credit facility of up to $800 million. DAE’s successful integration and demonstrated strong financial performance have continued to improve credit metrics which was recognized by the credit rating agencies in July with Moody’s Investors Service changing DAE’s outlook to positive and S&P Global Ratings upgrading its rating on DAE to BB+, the statement said.
Firoz Tarapore, chief executive officer of DAE, said: "DAE’s strong performance in the first half is the culmination of a lot of hard work that has gone into ensuring a smooth and successful integration and these results would simply not have been achievable without a smooth transition to a combined platform. Today, DAE is an exceptionally strong company created by marrying stable and strong ownership with the platform capabilities we acquired last year. Our expectation is for continued improvement in our financial metrics and liquidity profile that will eventually lead to higher credit ratings." - TradeArabia News Service