Agility, a long-term investor and operator in supply chain services, infrastructure, and innovation, has seen its third-quarter (Q3) 2023 soar 123% to KD28 million ($91 million), or 10.99 fils per share.
Q3 net profit was favourably pepped up by a one-off gain from closing an interest rate hedge. Agility’s EBITDA increased 28.1% to KD58.7 million and revenue grew 40.8% to KD360.8 million.
For the first nine months of 2023, Agility’s net profit was KD57.5 million, a jump of 39%, EBITDA surged 53.8%; and revenue grew 91.5% vs. the same period in 2022.
Agility Vice Chairman Tarek Sultan said: “The results from our operating businesses continue to be positive, and a testament to the global growth strategy pursued by the company. As always, we will look for opportunities to drive returns and unlock value for shareholders. In terms of our investments segment, global equity markets paused and reversed in the third quarter of the year, and we can see that reflected in our results. Agility takes a long-term view of its investments.”
Agility controlled businesses
Agility’s controlled businesses are the businesses it operates and owns majority stakes in, and whose performance is consolidated and reported through Agility’s profit and loss statement. In Q3, the combined EBITDA of Agility’s controlled businesses was KD62 million on revenue of KD360.8 million, increases of 40.8% and 32%, respectively, over Q3 2022.
Menzies Aviation’s reported revenue of KD175.2 million and EBITDA of KD25.7 million, increases of 66% and 50.3% over the same period a year earlier.
Menzies has benefitted from the post-pandemic recovery. Passenger flights to and from Europe, the Americas and the Middle East are back to pre-pandemic levels, whereas traffic in Southeast Asia and Australia is steadily recovering. Volume in Africa remains below pre-Covid levels.
Tristar’s Q3 consolidated revenue grew 15.3% vs. Q3 previous year, and EBITDA increased 21.5%. Q3 performance was driven by Tristar’s diversified portfolio of services.
Other controlled businesses
As a group, Agility’s other controlled businesses reported EBITDA of KD18.8 million on revenue of KD101.2 million, increases of 30.4% and 21%, respectively, over Q3 2022.
The main contributors were:
Agility Logistics Parks (ALP): ALP reported 7% third-quarter revenue growth. ALP is continuing to pursue its growth strategy by increasing and optimising its existing land bank and developing new projects.
United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC) reported a 1.4% increase in revenue for Q3. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in revenue as the result of growth in air passenger traffic. UPAC anticipates that this positive trend will continue throughout 2023.
UPAC is a co-investor in Abu Dhabi’s $1.3 billion Reem Mall on Reem Island. Reem Mall opened to the public in February 2023. To date, 143 units are occupied and doing business, and almost 71% of gross leasable area (GLA) is committed. The mall is the region's first, fully integrated omnichannel retail ecosystem with digital, e-commerce, and logistics capabilities. It brings together all consumer and retail services to ensure a seamless customer experience.
Global Clearinghouse Systems (GCS): At GCS, Agility’s customs modernisation and ports operation company, third-quarter revenue grew 11.6% vs. the same period in 2022.
Agility holds non-controlling minority stakes in a number of businesses, both listed and non-listed. In Q3, the carrying value of those stakes was roughly KD1.6 billion. Global equity markets were not favorable in Q3, resulting in a negative effect on the value of Agility’s stakes in listed companies.
As announced, Agility has entered into multi-year, funded equity collar agreements with several banks to protect the value of its largest, most material investment – its stake in global logistics provider and freight forwarder DSV. The collar agreement played an important role in protecting the value of Agility’s DSV stake in Q3.--TradeArabia News Service