ABU DHABI, 30th January, 2017 (WAM) — The National Central Cooling Company, Tabreed, released its audited 2016 financial results today. The company added 74,034 RT to its cooling capacity during the year, through the completion of projects such as Dubai Parks and Resorts in Dubai and the acquisition of a plant from International Capital Trading, ICT, in Abu Dhabi.
These additions, combined with Tabreed’s existing presence in the GCC, drove the company’s strong performance in 2016 with 6 percent higher net profit, reaching AED 367 million. As a result of this robust performance, Tabreed’s Board of Directors will recommend increasing cash dividends for 2016 to 6.5 fils per share (up from 6 fils per share for 2015).
Commenting on the announcement, Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, Tabreed’s Chairman, said, “We continue to demonstrate our ability to provide shareholder value by delivering consistent results, increasing our 2016 net profit by 6 percent to AED367 million. Our operations throughout the GCC are the foundation of our business and play a key role in positioning the company for long-term growth and success. Our strength in the GCC is underscored by our growing list of projects, including King Khalid International Airport and the Jabal Omar project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, among others.”
“Our top priority continues to be delivering stable returns to our shareholders. Based on our strong performance in 2016, the company’s Board of Directors will recommend increasing cash dividends to 6.5 fils at the upcoming annual general assembly,” said Al Muhairi.
Jasim Husain Thabet, Tabreed’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “The development of new district cooling plants such as the one developed for Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, and the acquisition of ICT’s district cooling plant which provides cooling to the Nation Towers development, played a large role in our success and emphasises the growing importance district cooling provides to our customers in terms of energy savings and environmental benefits. These projects have helped strengthen and expand our presence across the UAE, and enabled us to surpass the significant milestone of 1 million RT of cooling capacity.”
“Over the coming years we plan to continue to provide high-quality and reliable cooling services to our customers as we have done for the past 19 years. This provides the foundation for further growth in our presence in the UAE and throughout the region,” said Thabet.