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UAE cooling firm Tabreed Q4 profit up 30%

Dubai-listed firm posted a net attributable profit of US$18.7m on higher revenues

UAE cooling firm Tabreed Q4 profit up 30%

District cooling firm Tabreed, which is partly owned by Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala, reported a 30 percent 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 AED68.7m (US$18.7m) in the fourth quarter ended December 31, compared with AED52.9m 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 AED263.4m, up 13 percent. Tabreed, also called National Central Cooling Company, made 2012 net profit of AED236.3m, up 29 percent.

"Tabreed continues to evaluate new projects with key entities in the UAE and Abu Dhabi," said Jasim Thabet, Tabreed's CEO on a conference call.

The firm has AED560m cash available and has no need to secure funding immediately, Thabet said.

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

It secured AED3.1bn of financing from Mubadala in March 2011 to help tackle its debt pile. In December, the cooling firm agreed to issue AED1.13bn 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 percent on the Dubai bourse on Sunday, up 37 percent on the year.