- Total income over the year increased by 4.3% to 156.28 million
- 2014 net profit before provisions grew to US$ 118.5 million from US$ 111.2 million in 2013
- Total assets for the period increased to 5.88 billion
Dammam, 18 May, 2015: The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), an investment company established in 1975 by the 10 member states of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), has today announced its 2014 full year consolidated financial results for the period ending 31st December 2014.
APICORP achieved strong revenues over the year, with total income increasing to US$ 156.28 million compared with US$ 149.82 million in 2013; and net profit before provisions growing to US$ 118.51 million from US$ 111.22 million for the previous year. However, given the uncertain geopolitical outlook for some areas of the MENA region, the company took the prudent step of building up an investment provision of US$ 13.48 million. This resulted in an adjusted net profit of US$ 105.03 million for 2014.
As at 31st December 2014, total assets had grown to US$ 5.88 billion, with shareholders’ equity increasing to US$ 1.86 billion.
During the year, APICORP successfully finalized three Shariah compliant medium-term funding facilities totalling US$ 1.2 billion, which is aligned with our strategic direction of increasing term of funding facilities of better managing cost of funding. This was reinforced by Moody’s reaffirming the company’s foreign currency issuer rating of Aa3 for long-term debt, and Prime-1 for short-term debt, with a stable outlook, for the third consecutive year.
APICORP’s balance sheet remains robust, with significant liquidity of US$ 983 million and a very healthy capital adequacy ratio of 28.8%.
Commenting on the results, APICORP’s Chairman, Dr Aabed bin Abdulla Al Saddoun, said:
“2014 was a solid but challenging year, punctuated by continued uneven global economic growth, ongoing regional geopolitical tensions, and a dramatic decline in oil prices during the fourth quarter. Against this backdrop, we adopted a dynamic but prudent approach, continuing to grow the business while maintaining a conservative risk profile. This enabled us to achieve a strong financial performance overall, while also making sound progress in implementing our new five-year strategy.”
“Looking ahead, it appears highly likely that markets will continue to be challenging and varied across the MENA region, but we have identified a number of promising new business opportunities. The latest IMF World Economic Outlook forecast economic growth in the MENA region at 2.7 percent in 2015 and 3.7 percent in 2016, while our own research shows that cumulative MENA energy investment to reach $755 billion.”
“As we enter our 40th year in operation, we will continue to focus on commercialising our offering and capitalising on new growth opportunities in the regional energy sector. We have full confidence in the ability of our highly-professional management team to continue to meet our ambitious strategic objectives and business targets; and we remain cautiously optimistic about the future prospects for APICORP.”
Since its establishment in 1975, APICORP has made a significant contribution to the Arab region’s energy industry. The corporation had significantly keeping up with the industry needs and growth plans where total income has increased by 4.3% over last year to total 156.28 million.