District Cooling Firm Tabreed’s Q4 Profit Up 30%

The Dubai-listed firm posted a net profit of Dhs68.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

District cooling firm Tabreed, which is partly owned by Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala, reported a 30-per cent rise in quarterly profits on Sunday fueled by higher revenues from its core chilled water business.

The Dubai-listed firm posted a net attributable profit of Dhs68.7 million ($18.7 million) in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with Dhs52.9 million in the prior year period.

Tabreed provides cooling systems to residential and commercial properties in the Gulf region, including Dubai’s metro network.

Revenue from its chilled water business for the quarter was Dhs263.4 million, up 13 per cent. Tabreed, also called National Central Cooling Company, made 2012 net profit of Dhs236.3 million, up 29 per cent.

“Tabreed continues to evaluate new projects with key entities in the UAE and Abu Dhabi,” said Jasim Thabet, Tabreed’s chief executive on a conference call.

The firm has Dhs560 million cash available and has no need to secure funding immediately, Thabet said.

Tabreed, in which state fund Mubadala has a 27.3 per cent stake, is among several Gulf firms which has had to restructure its debt after the property market boom ended abruptly in 2009.

It secured Dhs3.1 billion of financing from Mubadala in March 2011 to help tackle its debt pile. In December, the cooling firm agreed to issue Dhs1.13 billion in convertible bonds to Mubadala as part of a recapitalisation plan.

Tabreed currently has 59 plants in the UAE with 52 wholly-owned and operated by the company while seven are operated through its affiliates and subsidiaries. It also has six plants across Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, operating through affiliates and subsidiaries.

Tabreed shares were up 0.61 per cent on the Dubai bourse on Sunday, up 37 per cent on the year.