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Bahrain Duty Free Announces US$18.8 Million in Net Profits for 2017

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; Bahrain Duty Free Shop Complex announced its financial results for the year ended 31st December 2017, approved by Board of Directors Tuesday, 20th February 2018.

For the full year 2017, the Company reported Gross Revenues of US$ 84,815,324 (US$ 76,550,711 in 2016) achieving a 10.8% growth over prior year. Operating profits were US$ 14,301,119, increasing by 12.7% from US$ 12,689,210. Income from Investment activities was US$ 4,508,687 recording a decline of 52.0% on the previous year’s figure of US$ 9,401,804 due to a one-off dividend received in 2016 from one of our Investment activities. Net profits reduced from US$ 22,091,013 to US$ 18,809,806 a 14.9% reduction. Basic earnings per share are 13 US Cents per share compared with 16 US Cents in 2016.

At December year-end, total shareholder’s equity stood at US$ 132,494,766 a decrease of 1.6% over prior year figure of US$ 134,671,342. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Sales were US$ 22,568,053 up 16.0% on prior year while operating profits grew 29.9% to US$ 3,325,639. Investment income declined by 101.1% to a negative US$ 59,753 in the quarter. The decrease coming from a one-off dividend received last year. As a result, net income in Q4 was US$ 3,265,886 down 58.4% on same quarter last year.

Commenting on the results, the Chairman Mr. Farouk Al Moayyed, said that 2017 had produced excellent results with double digit growth in Revenues and Operating Profits. He went on to say that the Company has made important strategic progress to ensure continued success for the Company in the future.

Managing Director Mr. Abdulla Buhindi added, that despite challenging Passenger numbers, sales growth had surpassed budget and prior year expectations. He went on to say that the Company’s excellent growth in sales and operating profits were a testament to the Company’s decision in 2016 to make a significant capital investment in renovating the shops at the Airport. Many new brands and initiatives were introduced in the Perfumery & Cosmetics area as well as a new Premium Watch boutique all contributing to the overall performance of the shop. He concluded by stating that the Company remains focused on delivering first class customer service and unique shopping experience for all our customers.

Mr. Abdullah Buhindi

Mr. Farouk Al Moayyed

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