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Empower reports AED 494mln Q1 2023 revenues with a growth of 6.0%

by Mohammad Ghazal

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, the world’s largest district cooling services provider, which is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), has today reported its first quarter 2023 consolidated financial results, recording quarterly revenue of AED 494 million and EBITDA of AED 284 million.

Exceptional growth driven by fundamental drivers

For the last twelve months, EMPOWER’s consolidated revenue was AED 2.82 billion (Apr22 to Mar23) compared to AED 2.53 billion (Apr21 to Mar22), showing an impressive growth of 11.5%. The EBITDA for the similar periods was AED 1.40 billion (Apr22 to Mar23) compared to AED 1.26 billion (Apr21 to Mar22), with a growth of 11.1%.

EMPOWER’s first quarter 2023 revenue and EBITDA grew by 6.0% and 8.2% respectively. For the same period, EMPOWER’s pro forma Net Profit grew by 5.7% to AED 191.6 million. This pro forma Net Profit comparison adjusts for pre IPO leverage to show comparable quarterly performance. On an absolute net profit basis, EMPOWER reported a net profit of AED 167.4 million.

EMPOWER’s exceptional growth during the first quarter of 2023 is attributed to a significant rise in demand for its services across various regions of Dubai, particularly from newly added mixed-use projects to Empower’s portfolio, and a noteworthy surge in production and operational capacity during the first quarter of this year.

The growth of 2023 is primarily fueled by the rise in recurring and sustainable revenues resulting from the boom in various economic sectors and markets in Dubai, notably the real estate sector, which is the mainstay of the company’s business.

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During the first quarter of 2023, Empower entered into several exclusivity agreements including concessions agreements with major real estate development projects. In February 2023, the company signed an agreement with the Dubai Maritime City (DMC) to provide its projects district cooling services with a capacity exceeding 63,000 refrigeration tons (RT), and in March 2023, Empower signed an agreement with Sobha Real Estate to provide 17,000 RT district cooling services for the Sobha Hartland project. Moreover, the company signed agreements for several other buildings in various parts of Dubai, including Business Bay, Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubailand, Dubai Studio City, DIFC, Jumeirah Lake Towers, and Barsha Heights, the total cooling capacity of these agreements reached 24,000 RT. Furthermore, Empower started operating its new district cooling plant in Dubailand with a total production capacity of 47,000 RT, which will provide cooling services to residents of the Dubai Land Residence Complex (DLRC).

H.E Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: “The results of the first quarter of this year consolidate the company’s position on more than one level, including by confirming its leadership in the global district cooling markets, and highlighting its superior ability to meet the demand for district cooling services with standards that exceed its global counterparts, regardless of the size, time or location. The results also reinforce Empower’s strong and effective presence and its capability to attract investors to the Dubai Financial Market, motivated by their confidence in the company’s strong base to continue achieving growth in terms of sustainable revenues and profits.

Bin Shafar stressed that Empower is determined to continue to grab investment opportunities in the market and to maintain its outstanding performance to ensure rewarding and sustainable returns for shareholders. He concluded that the company will continue investments in its portfolio of assets and infrastructure to serve the growing demand in the region’s district cooling market.

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