Abu Dhabi's Aldar Properties nearly doubles Q3 profit

State-owned developer was bailed out by the government with an injection of about $10bn in 2011
By Reuters
Thu 07 Nov 2013 10:21 AM

Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi's biggest property
developer, said third-quarter earnings nearly doubled, beating analysts'
forecasts, and said it had arranged financing worth AED4bn ($1.09bn) to
refinance existing debt.

Majority state-owned Aldar piled on debt after
being tasked with building trophy assets for the Abu Dhabi government and had
to bailed out by the state by injecting about $10bn in 2011.

The builder of Abu Dhabi's Formula One race track
made a profit of AED407.5m ($111m) compared with AED205.7m in the corresponding
period of 2012, it said in a statement on Abu Dhabi's bourse.

The quarterly earnings were well ahead of average
estimates by four analysts, who forecasted a net profit of AED241.3m.

The government-owned firm merged with former rival
Sorouh Real Estate in a state-backed deal in June, forming Abu Dhabi's largest
property firm with assets of about $12bn.

Prime house prices in Abu Dhabi grew by 5 percent
in Abu Dhabi in the third quarter, consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle said in a
report, but more supply will enter the market with another 4,000 units
scheduled for delivery by the end of the year.

In a separate statement, Aldar said it has arranged
two bank financings totalling AED4bn, which will be used to refinance existing
debt.

The facilities, currently undrawn, have an average
margin of 1.3 percent above base rate and an average maturity of three and half
years, Aldar said, without naming the banks which provided the financing.

Aldar also added that its board was considering refinancing
existing debt through loans or sukuk. The company has a $1.25bn bond maturing
in May 2014.

Sources familiar with the matter had earlier told
Reuters that Aldar was talking to banks about raising a bridge loan of up to
$1.5bn with an option to convert it later into a bond.

Aldar shares have risen 30.2 percent year-to-date.
They were yet to begin trade on the Abu Dhabi bourse Thursday.

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