Emaar to boost stake in development unit

Company posted strong results for 2021 as sales surged amid an improvement in Dubai's property market

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Dubai's Emaar Properties is seen on a building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah/File Photo

Dubai developer Emaar Properties plans to increase its stake in its UAE build-to-sell property business amid a rebound in the emirate's real estate market.

Emaar's board approved raising its stake in Emaar Development during a meeting on Thursday, the company said on Friday in a statement to the Dubai Financial Market, where its shares are traded.

It clarified in a later statement that "the increase of shareholding would be by up to 3 per cent only of the share capital of Emaar Development".

Emaar Properties held an 80 per cent stake in Emaar Development and its subsidiaries as of December 31, 2021.

Emaar Properties raised Dh4.82 billion ($1.31 billion) from the sale of a 20 per cent stake in its development business in November 2017, which at the time was the largest Dubai listing in three years.

The developer has registered strong growth in the past year, buoyed by the rebounding Dubai property market.

Net profit for 2021 grew 80 per cent to Dh3.8bn after the company posted the best annual sales since its inception.

The company’s revenue soared 57.4 per cent annually to Dh28.3bn during the period.

Emaar’s portfolio of prime assets will “continue to benefit from the fundamental shifts occurring within the real estate market, as well as the company’s approach to portfolio optimisation”, founder Mohamed Alabbar said last month.

Emaar Development also achieved record property sales in 2021, registering a four-fold increase to Dh27.4bn.

Profit for the year more than doubled to Dh4.2bn while revenue rose 60 per cent to Dh15.6bn.

The company, which has a sales backlog of Dh28.6bn, is expected to deliver more than 8,000 residential units in 2022.

Dubai registered 61,241 sales transactions last year, with annual deal value up 110 per cent to Dh151.07bn, making 2021 the best year for total transactions since 2013 and the highest in value since 2009, according to Property Finder.

The sector is expected to continue growing this year on the back of new government initiatives such as residency permits for retirees and remote workers, in addition to the expansion of the 10-year golden visa programme.

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Updated: March 18, 2022, 2:44 PM