By Nayla Barakat
Manama, May 10 (BNA): Gulf Hotels Group on Tuesday reported a net profit of BD2.123 million, an increase of BD2.330 million over the first quarter of the previous year.
The earnings per share are 9 fils compared to a loss of 1 fils in the first quarter of last year. Total comprehensive income of BD 2.343 million compared to a loss of BD 157,077 for the first quarter of the previous year, with an increase of BD 2.500 million.
Revenue for the first quarter BD 9.343 millionup from the BD 5.198 million in the same period last year, with an increase of BD 4.145 million or 79.74 %.
The total equity, excluding minority interests, for the year was BD 99.651 million compared to BD 101.829 million last year, with a decrease of 2.179 million (2.14 %).
The total assets for the YTD reached BD 115.095 million compared to BD 113.446 million in the previous year, with an increase of 1.648 million or 1.45 %.
|In a statement, the Group attributed the increase in the net operating profit to an increase in operational revenues reaching BD 3.605 million.
The revenues increase was a result of restrictions removal to combat the spread of Covid-19 that have had an impact on the hospitality industry and an increase in Profit from Associates by BD 415,000 and a dividend income of BD 61,000 and increase in rental income by BD 64,000.
The first quarter saw an increase of BD 1.815 million in expenses proportionately to revenues generated
Farouk Almoayyed, the Chairman, expressed gratitude for the Government's proactive facilitation to reducing COVID measures, following the efficient handling of the pandemic crisis that led to a drastic decrease in the number of cases as well as limiting the transmission of the virus, while maintaining best practices and initiatives in vaccination as well as campaigning awareness.
“It’s quite cheerful how life has returned to normal, businesses and economy cycles rotating once again," he said.
The Formula1 event brought up excellent benefits for numerous sectors in the Kingdom; in particular, the hospitality and restaurants, being strong factual evidence about the efficiency and the magnitude of Government driven touristic activities in energizing the local economy, he added.
“I am also proud to announce that Gulf Hotels Group had become the first local hospitality group to operate in Europe, as GHG has landed in Georgia expanding hotel management capabilities in Tbilisi. We consider it as a threshold to accessing the European market by managing an outstanding resort and aqua park under the brand name of “Gulf Aquamarine Hotel," he said.
He reiterated that post-recovery, the company’s result has positively progressed, thanks to tremendous efforts of the Board and the Group’s management in continuously reducing costs while boosting revenue, as reflected in both the earnings before interest, depreciation, tax, and amortization “EBIDTA” as well as in the Net Profits”.
Garfield Jones, CEO, said the four-star Gulf Aquamarine Hotel is situated in the outskirts of Tbilisi.
"We expect that the hotel, along with the adjacent water park and wellness center, will become a popular destination for Bahrainis as Tbilisi is serviced by Gulf Air and the direct flight is only 3 hours," he said.