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October 30, 2023

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Aldar's Q3 2023 net profit rises 48% YoY fueled by record sales and strong performance across recurring income portfolio

Abu Dhabi, UAE: 30 October 2023

 Aldar Group Q3 2023 (AED) YoY %  9 Months 2023 (AED)  YoY %
Revenue  3.5 bn  +27%  9.8 bn   +21%
Gross profit  1.3 bn
 +22%  4.0 bn   +21%
EBITDA  1.1 bn  +45%  3.5 bn   +37%
Net Profit  0.9 bn  +48%  3.0 bn   +41%

Q3 2023 Group Highlights

  • Record development sales of AED 7.8 billion in Q3, bringing 9-month sales to a record AED 19.4 billion, with 11 new project launches year-to-date.
  • Development backlog reaches AED 29.1 billion for projects to be delivered over the next 2-3 years.
  • Growing vein of overseas and resident expat buyers, collectively accounting for 60% (AED 10.3 billion) of year-to-date UAE sales; Overseas sales grew 160% year-to-date to AED 4.6 billion. 
  • Robust performance highlights Abu Dhabi and Aldar’s continued global appeal which is set to increase further through the launch of the company’s first developments in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.  
  • Aldar recently announced its first residential development in Dubai – Haven by Aldar – with the public launch due to start on October 31st.
  • Solid organic growth across the recurring income portfolio driven by strong operational performance, while recent acquisitions have surpassed underwriting expectations and are positively impacting the bottom line.
  • Strong liquidity position with AED 3.9 billion in free cash and AED 5.9 billion in undrawn credit facilities.
  • Supported by a strong track record of executing its growth and expansion strategy, Aldar will continue to explore opportunities for further disciplined capital deployment in its home market and internationally.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak
H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak
Chairman Of Aldar Properties

“Our home market, Abu Dhabi, is bolstered by a robust economy, and a regulatory environment that is conducive to business and investment. This positive backdrop has allowed Aldar to undertake a journey of transformational growth, including entry into regional markets such as Egypt, Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai.

Taking the next step in our growth trajectory, Aldar has devised a new strategy to take our expertise into select international markets, with a particular focus on Europe, which will allow us to build scale, diversify, and deliver sustainable growth. We aim to target investments that are core to our current operations and across high-growth real estate sectors in mature markets that are characterised by strong fundamentals, demographic shifts, digitized economies, and evolving consumer preferences.

We see this as an opportune moment to tap emerging trends and also to leverage new relationships to bring investment and innovation back to our core market, the UAE.

Talal Al Dhiyebi
Talal Al Dhiyebi
Group Chief Executive Officer of Aldar Properties

"Aldar continues to demonstrate its ability to become a national real estate champion, as evidenced by our record-breaking development sales and revenue backlog in the third quarter. The increasing interest from international buyers in our developments not only highlights the global appeal of Aldar’s offering but also reaffirms Abu Dhabi’s position as a preferred destination for business, leisure, and long-term residency. Our investment properties, particularly our thriving commercial portfolio, consistently exhibit solid operational performance and we are really seeing the positive impact of recent acquisitions across the office, retail, and hospitality sectors. We look forward to taking further steps this year to continue our path of accelerated growth in the region and beyond."

Business Unit Highlights

Aldar Development 

Comprising three segments: Property Development and Sales, responsible for developing and marketing Aldar’s strategic land bank; Project Management Services, which manages government housing and infrastructure projects in the UAE; and International, which manages investment in Egyptian real estate, through SODIC.


Aldar Development (AED MN) Q3 2023 Q3 2022 % Change 9M 2023 9M 2022 % Change
Revenue 1,935 1,643 18%  5,821 5,181 12% 
EBITDA 593 389 52% 1,858 1,347 38%
Group Sales 7,819 3,930 99% 19,395 9,261 109% 
UAE sales 6,440 3,189 102%
17,040 7,198 137%
  • Aldar Development’s Q3 2023 revenue increased 18% YoY to AED 1.9 billion driven by accelerated construction progress, buoyant off-plan sales, and continued development backlog revenue recognition, with 9-month revenue increasing 12% YoY to AED 5.8 billion.
  • Group sales in Q3 2023 reached AED 7.8 billion, a 99% increase from the same period last year, marking Aldar’s highest ever quarterly sales. Group sales during the first nine months reached a record AED 19.4 billion, up 109% YoY on the back of 11 project launches year-to-date and strong demand for Abu Dhabi properties from a growing vein of international buyers.
  • Group revenue backlog in Q3 2023 reached AED 7.8 billion, a 99% increase from the same period last year, marking Aldar’s highest ever quarterly sales. Group sales during the first nine months reached a record AED 19.4 billion, up 109% YoY on the back of 11 project launches year-to-date and strong demand for Abu Dhabi properties from a growing vein of international buyers.
  • Project management services backlog of AED 59 billion demonstrates the long-term and perpetual nature of the franchise, with AED 3.8 billion in new projects awarded during the first nine months of 2023.
  • During the quarter, Aldar entered into a strategic partnership with Nikki Beach to develop a luxury beachfront residential project on Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah. 
  • In October 2023, Aldar further expanded its geographical reach with the launch of ‘Haven by Aldar’, the company’s first residential development in Dubai.
     

UAE

  • Total UAE sales for Q3 2023 reached a record AED 6.4 billion, up 102% YoY, driven by the launch of Gardenia Bay in Q3 and strong demand for inventory from previous launches including Fay Al Reeman II, Reeman Living, Saadiyat Lagoons, Sustainable City, The Source II, and Yas Golf Collection. During the first 9 months, UAE sales increased 137% YoY to AED 17.0 billion.
  • UAE Sales to overseas and expat buyers reached a record AED 5.1 billion in Q3 2023 and AED 10.3 billion (60% of total UAE sales) over the course of the first nine months, underscoring Abu Dhabi’s prominence as a premier investment destination and long-term home. Sales to overseas and resident expat buyers grew by 160% and 333% respectively and further growth is anticipated as Aldar expands its footprint into Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.
  • UAE revenue backlog of AED 23.6 billion, increasing 95% YoY with an average duration of 29 months, while Q3 cash collections stood at AED 1.7 billion.

Egypt

  • SODIC contributed AED 230 million (EGP 1.9 billion) in revenue and AED 3.8 million (EGP 31.8 million) of EBITDA to Aldar Development in Q3 2023. Over the first 9 months , revenue stood at AED 566 million (EGP 4.76 billion), with EBITDA at AED 75.5 million (EGP 636 million).1 
  • SODIC’s sales were AED 1.4 billion (EGP 11.6 billion) in Q3 2023 and AED 2.4 billion (EGP 19.8 billion)1  over the first 9 months of the year. Revenue backlog was AED 5.5 billion (EGP 46.6 billion) as at the end of Q3 2023, with an average duration of 23 months, providing strong earnings visibility on revenue over the next 2 years.2
  • SODIC continues to maintain a strong liquidity position with total cash and cash equivalents amounting to AED 253 million (EGP 2.13 billion).2 

1 EGP figures stated at the average exchange rate during each quarter (Q3 2023 EGP/AED: 0.118839, 9M2023 EGP/AED: 0.118827)

2 EGP figures stated based on exchange rate as at 30/09/2023 (EGP/AED 0. 0.118851)

Business Unit Highlights

Aldar Investment

Comprising four segments representing over AED 35 billion of assets under management: Investment Properties houses Aldar’s core asset management business comprising prime real estate assets across retail, residential, commercial, and logistics segments. Hospitality and Leisure owns a portfolio of over 4,200 hotel keys and leisure assets principally located in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah. Aldar Education is the leading private education provider in Abu Dhabi with 31 owned and managed schools primarily across the UAE. Principal Investment houses multiple businesses, including Aldar Estates, the region’s largest integrated property and facilities management platform. 

Aldar Investment3 (AED MN) Q3 2023 Q3 2022  % Change 9M 2023 9M 2022 % Change
Revenue 1,514
1,048 44% 4,005 2,800 43%
Adjusted EBITDA4 580
424 37% 1,616 1,166 39% 
Occupancy (Investment Properties)5 95% 91% - 95%  91%  - 

3 Excludes Pivot.

4 Aldar Investment EBITDA adjusted for fair value movements (excluding amortization of leasehold assets), reversal of impairments, and one-off gains/losses on acquisitions.

Contracted or leased occupancy as of 30/09/2023.

  • Aldar Investment’s Adj. EBITDA3 is up 37% to AED 580 million in Q3 2023, mainly driven by meaningful contributions from recent acquisitions, higher leasing rates and strong operational performance across the portfolio.
  • Investment Properties Q3 2023 Adj. EBITDA4 increased 27% YoY to AED 432 million, while 9-month Adj. EBITDA rose 23% to AED 1.1 billion. This strong performance was primarily driven by higher occupancy and leasing rates, as well as meaningful contributions from recent acquisitions which continue to positively impact the bottom line. Occupancy across the portfolio rose to 95% compared with 91% for the same period last year.
    • Residential Q3 2023 Adj. EBITDA increased 59% YoY to AED 166 million, with a solid occupancy rate of 97%.  This was driven by a one-off early lease termination fee for a residential bulk lease agreement recognised in Q3 2023. 9-month Adj. EBITDA rose 15% to AED 358 million. 
    • Retail Q3 2023 Adj. EBITDA declined 2% YoY to AED 114 million, while 9-month Adj. EBITDA remained flat YoY at AED 346 million, largely attributable to the redevelopment of Al Jimi and Al Hamra Malls.  Occupancy across the portfolio stands at a solid 91%. Yas Mall tenant sales and footfall rose 26% and 33% YoY respectively, while achieving a near-full occupancy rate of 99%. Aldar aims to replicate this success through the execution of its ongoing AED 500 million redevelopment plans for Al Jimi and Al Hamra Malls, with completion expected by the end of 2024.
    • Commercial Q3 2023 Adj. EBITDA increased 41% YoY to AED 154 million, while 9-month Adj. EBITDA increased 82% YoY to AED 435 million. This was driven primarily by the annualization effect of ADGM and stronger operational performance across the portfolio with occupancy at 96%. On the asset front, HQ and International Towers witnessed robust average occupancy of 96%, while Aldar’s four ADGM office towers achieved near-full occupancy at 99%.  Al Maryah Tower, set to open in Q1 2024, has achieved a 40% pre-lease rate, driven by strong demand from GREs and international corporates.
    • Aldar Logistics 9-month 2023 Adj. EBITDA increased 43% YoY to AED 36 million, with occupancy of 91%. Aldar remains focused on expanding its logistics real estate portfolio in its home market and internationally.
  • Hospitality and Leisure Q3 2023 EBITDA increased 42% YoY to AED 42 million while 9-month EBITDA surged 197% YoY to AED 224 million. This was driven by positive contributions from recent acquisitions, as well as stronger operating performance across the portfolio. Overall occupancy stood at 68% with average daily rates (ADRs) rising by 46% YoY. 
  • Aldar Education Q3 2023 EBITDA witnessed a 67% YoY increase to AED 48 million, with 9-month EBITDA increasing 26% YoY to AED 141 million. The business remains committed to growth, with an additional AED 350 million in capital deployed to acquire Kent College Dubai and Virginia International Private School, as well as establishing Cranleigh Bahrain.
  • Principal Investments6 led by Aldar Estates, witnessed a 152% YoY increase in Q3 2023 EBITDA to AED 58 million, while 9-month EBITDA increased 100% YoY to AED 124 million. This was primarily driven by Aldar Estates’ strategic merger with Eltizam and contributions from recent acquisitions. 

7 Excluding Pivot

ESG Highlights

 

As one of the UAE’s leading real estate developers, Aldar has a duty to uphold best practice international ESG standards. ESG is a core pillar of the company’s long-term growth strategy, with strong governance and responsible environmental and social impact integrated into its investment processes and business decisions. Highlights of Aldar’s recent ESG activities include:

  • Aldar attained a lower ESG risk score of 15.9 from Sustainalytics, compared to 16.1 in 2022, and was ranked 11th among the 104 diversified real estate companies globally. Aldar also maintained its BBB MSCI ESG rating.
  • The company actively engaged retail and commercial tenants in decarbonisation efforts, which included implementing green leases and green fit-out guidelines. These tenants occupy 21% of Aldar’s Gross Leasable Area.
  • Aldar launched the second cycle of the Aldar Thrive Scholarship Programme, welcoming a total of 41 students including people of determination. The programme aims to provide high-quality education opportunities to families in need.
  • At the end of the third quarter, UAE nationals represented 42% of Aldar’s head office employees, with more than 500 Emiratis receiving employment opportunities across Aldar since the introduction of the NAFIS programme in September 2021.
  • Aldar continues to boast a diverse workforce with women representing 40% of total employees at its head office. 40% of head office employees are also under the age of 35 with more than 120 nationalities represented across the business.