Shuaa Capital Narrows Q1 2012 Loss

Dubai-based Shuaa Capital reduced losses by 67 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of the year.

Dubai’s Shuaa Capital reported that its net loss for the first quarter of the year reduced by 67.6 per cent to reach Dhs8.5 million, compared to Dhs26.3 million during Q1 2011.

While revenues increased by 103 per cent to Dhs55 million during the period, overall expenses reduced by 7.4 per cent to Dhs62.1 million, the company said in a statement.

The firm’s monthly operating cash expenditure dropped from Dhs11 million to Dhs4.5 million per month.

“This is a result of continued cost cutting measures including a reduction in the number of employees, primarily from brokerage, following the exit from the company’s retail brokerage business, and a significant reduction in annualised rent related expenditure,” the statement said.

“Shuaa Capital plans to further improve this operating cash expenditure to below Dhs3 million per month by the end of the first half of 2012,” it added.

The company shed around 60 employees by the end of December 2011, according to Reuters.

The company’s total assets reduced slightly to Dhs1.57 billion compared to Dhs1.6 billion at the end of 2011. Its cash position improved to Dhs345.1 million from Dhs340.2 million because of the drop in operating costs and expenditures, the statement said.

Total liabilities fell to Dhs405.8 million from Dhs437.2 million due to a reduction in medium term debt levels.

Shuaa also said that it had appointed Colin Macdonald, a former ABN Amro banker as its new group CEO, replacing Michael Philipp.