Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), the multilateral development bank owned by the ten member states of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), maintained its robust growth momentum this year with its third quarter net profit almost doubling from last year.
Q3 2012 net profit rose 90% to $12.67 million from $6.68 million posted in Q3 2011. The third quarter results were approved at APICORP’s quarterly Board meeting, held in Cairo on October 5, 2012. The government of Qatar owns a 10% stake in APICORP.
APICORP’s cumulative net profit for the first three quarters of this year reached US$63.2 million, a 33% jump from the US$47.5 million recorded over the same period last year. Total assets rose 13% to reach US$ 5.1 billion compared to US$ 4.5 billion at the end of September 2011.
Commenting on the results, Ahmad Bin Hamad Al-Nuaimi, Chief Executive and General Manager of APICORP said: “Our third quarter performance validates our strategic roadmap where we have maintained a balance between growth initiatives and risk management. APICORP’s ability to enhance its lending capacity on the back of its capital base expansion and funding diversification not only makes it stand out in today’s tough banking environment, but is also delivering results for APICORP’s shareholders and resulted in last month’s rating upgrade by Moody’s from A1 to a double Aa3.”
Earlier this month in Cairo, APICORP’s Board ratified a five-year term loan worth SAR 440 million (US$117 million) towards financing the Multilateral Development Bank’s operations. Earlier this year, the Board approved a five year term loan worth SAR 500 million (US$133 million), and approved APICORP’s first ever three year SAR 2.5 billion (US$ 667 million) Shari’ah Compliant term loan facility, which was oversubscribed by leading Saudi banks.
“In 2012, we expanded our array of value offerings aimed at supporting energy companies through a series of initiatives that included a partnership with J.P. Morgan to expand our energy trade finance services to the Arab World and beyond. At a time when international bank financing resources are getting scarcer in the region, we expect APICORP to play an even more significant role in supporting energy-related transactions and being a growth-enabler for the Arab hydrocarbon industry,” said Al Nuaimi.
In Cairo, the Board gave the go-ahead for APICORP to extend loans worth US$ 387 million; trade financing facilities worth US$ 277 million; and letters of credit to institutions both within and outside the Arab region.
Since its founding in 1975, APICORP has played a vital role in fostering the development of the Arab energy industry. Over the last 36 years, APICORP has invested, as an equity owner, in a total of 22 oil and gas joint venture projects worth in excess of $16 billion. At the same time, APICORP has participated in direct and syndicated energy finance transactions worth in excess of US$130 billion. APICORP‘s aggregate commitments in these transactions, both in equity and debt, are valued in excess of US$11 billion.
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