APICORP posts 17 per cent net income growth for 2019

Dr. Aabed bin Abdulla Al Saadoun ImageThe Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development financial institution, posted a 17 per cent year-on-year increase in net recurring income for 2019

APICORP made a strong profit of US$112mn in 2019, up from US$96mn (excluding non-recurring items) at year end 2018.

The company stated that its strong profitability in 2019 was driven by Corporate Banking and Treasury, whose gross income increased 32 per cent and 24 per cent y-o-y to reach US$201mn and US$80mn, respectively.

The corporation’s balance sheet growth remained strong and resilient in 2019, with a 5.7 per cent increase from US$6.95bn to US$7.35bn from the previous year. Notably, leverage (debt-to-equity ratio) remained in check reaching 2.13 in December 2019 compared to 2.07 in the same period last year, and capital adequacy improved slightly from 29.34 per cent in 2018 to 29.6 per cent in 2019.

In October 2019, APICORP’s overall credit rating was upgraded by Moody’s to ‘Aa2’ with a stable outlook from ‘Aa3’. The achievement was due in large part to the steady improvement in APICORP’s liquidity and funding profile, high quality assets, strong asset performance, and moderate leverage, amongst other factors. This makes APICORP the only financial institution in the MENA region with a ‘Aa2’ rating.

Aabed bin Abdulla Al-Saadoun, chairman of the board of directors, said, “As the world enters an unprecedented period of economic uncertainty, I am reassured by the fact that we have closed out the past year on a strong note. Our business lines exhibited exceptional resilience on the back of challenging market conditions presented by both geopolitical, financial and industry developments in 2019.

“The increase in net recurring income by 17 per cent and Moody’s credit rating upgrade are both significant milestones that stand as a testament to APICORP’s solid fundamentals. This gives us the confidence to continue to support to the Arab world’s energy sector during a time when sustainable, impact-driven projects have never been more needed.”

Ahmed Ali Attiga, CEO of APICORP, said, “Our balance sheet growth to US$7.35bn in 2019 paves the way for APICORP to continue an upwards trajectory, notwithstanding the limitations that the current coronavirus crisis poses upon all sectors of the global economy. However, I believe that the work that we have put into diversifying our portfolio in terms of sectors and geography as well as our broad investor base, coupled with our strong financial position, will serve us well in the coming years and allow us to address the current challenges.”

“When the world eventually begins to recover from the dual impact of the coronavirus pandemic and oil price fluctuations, we will most likely see changes in the region,” added Attiga. “As a trusted financial partner to the regional energy sector, we are well positioned to support sustainable investments, and entities, that can accelerate both economic recovery and the low-carbon transition. Going forward, we believe that there will be a greater role for multilaterals like APICORP, serving in a countercyclical capacity to reinvigorate the economies of the region. For this, we remain committed to playing a strong developmental role, particularly through leveraging on our partnerships in the industry.”

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