Taqa’s Atrush central processing facility, near Dohuk, about 85 kilometres north of the Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Erbil. Courtesy Taqa
Taqa’s Atrush central processing facility, near Dohuk, about 85 kilometres north of the Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Erbil. Courtesy Taqa

Taqa reports Q2 profit on back of higher oil and gas revenue



Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) on Thursday reported a consecutive quarterly profit compared with a year earlier loss, on the back of higher oil and gas revenues as the company presses on with a two-year restructuring program.

The company’s profit attributable to equity holders of the parent was Dh35 million in the second quarter, compared with a loss of Dh588m in the same period last year. Quarterly revenue was Dh4.21 billion in the three months ending in June, compared to the previous year at Dh4.04bn.

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"Against the backdrop of a prolonged lower oil and gas price environment, Taqa will continue to concentrate on safe and efficient operations while looking for opportunities to optimise our portfolio," the company said in a statement.

For the first half of the year, Taqa had a 5 per cent increase with revenues at Dh8.4bn, which the company said was mostly driven by the impact of higher realised oil and gas prices. Saeed Al Dhaheri, Taqa’s acting chief operating officer, said that the first half results were driven by “strong operational performance, continued efficiency improvements and a focus on core operations”.

Taqa, majority owned by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea), began slashing investment in 2015 while divesting in some of its assets in Canada.

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Operating in 11 countries, Taqa’s downstream power assets are strong with a near monopoly in Abu Dhabi as well as plants in Oman, Saudi Arabia India, Ghana, Morocco and the US. Power generation output has remained stable so far this year.

But on the horizon is Atrush project in the Kurdistan region of Iraq after oil production began last month. “Atrush will be a significant contributor to the group’s long-term cash flows and net income,” said Mr Al Dhaheri.

Taqa is operator of the block, located 85 kilometres of Erbil, with initial production expected to produce 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day this year.

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Mr Al Dhaheri added that Taqa would continue to concentrate on efficiency while looking for ways to optimise the company’s portfolio.

The Abu Dhabi-listed company shares opened at 50 fils.

Mercer, the investment consulting arm of US services company Marsh & McLennan, expects its wealth division to at least double its assets under management (AUM) in the Middle East as wealth in the region continues to grow despite economic headwinds, a company official said.

Mercer Wealth, which globally has $160 billion in AUM, plans to boost its AUM in the region to $2-$3bn in the next 2-3 years from the present $1bn, said Yasir AbuShaban, a Dubai-based principal with Mercer Wealth.

Within the next two to three years, we are looking at reaching $2 to $3 billion as a conservative estimate and we do see an opportunity to do so,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Mercer does not directly make investments, but allocates clients’ money they have discretion to, to professional asset managers. They also provide advice to clients.

“We have buying power. We can negotiate on their (client’s) behalf with asset managers to provide them lower fees than they otherwise would have to get on their own,” he added.

Mercer Wealth’s clients include sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and insurance companies among others.

From its office in Dubai, Mercer also looks after Africa, India and Turkey, where they also see opportunity for growth.

Wealth creation in Middle East and Africa (MEA) grew 8.5 per cent to $8.1 trillion last year from $7.5tn in 2015, higher than last year’s global average of 6 per cent and the second-highest growth in a region after Asia-Pacific which grew 9.9 per cent, according to consultancy Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In the region, where wealth grew just 1.9 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014, a pickup in oil prices has helped in wealth generation.

BCG is forecasting MEA wealth will rise to $12tn by 2021, growing at an annual average of 8 per cent.

Drivers of wealth generation in the region will be split evenly between new wealth creation and growth of performance of existing assets, according to BCG.

Another general trend in the region is clients’ looking for a comprehensive approach to investing, according to Mr AbuShaban.

“Institutional investors or some of the families are seeing a slowdown in the available capital they have to invest and in that sense they are looking at optimizing the way they manage their portfolios and making sure they are not investing haphazardly and different parts of their investment are working together,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Some clients also have a higher appetite for risk, given the low interest-rate environment that does not provide enough yield for some institutional investors. These clients are keen to invest in illiquid assets, such as private equity and infrastructure.

“What we have seen is a desire for higher returns in what has been a low-return environment specifically in various fixed income or bonds,” he said.

“In this environment, we have seen a de facto increase in the risk that clients are taking in things like illiquid investments, private equity investments, infrastructure and private debt, those kind of investments were higher illiquidity results in incrementally higher returns.”

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds, said in its 2016 report that has gradually increased its exposure in direct private equity and private credit transactions, mainly in Asian markets and especially in China and India. The authority’s private equity department focused on structured equities owing to “their defensive characteristics.”

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