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Nakilat ends half year 2017 with net profit

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Nakilat recorded its financial results for the first half of the year ended 30 June 2017 with a net profit of QR409 million compared to QR501 million of the same period last year in 2016. The lower profit was mainly attributed to the lower number of charter hire days in the current period compared to the same period last year (2016 was a leap year), the effect of changing the estimated scrap value of vessels in accordance with applicable International Accounting Standards and the reduced operations of a few joint ventures. On the other hand, the company’s timely repayment of the periodic loan instalments resulted in reduced finance costs.

Nakilat’s steady performance reflects the company’s prudence and effective strategic business plans in relation to the company’s rapid growth and development in being amongst the global leaders of energy transportation. Nakilat’s core business of delivering clean energy worldwide remains resilient, as the company strategically secures long-term agreements with financially strong charterers. Nakilat continues with its cost rationalisation efforts to remain competitive while pursuing initiatives to further drive operational efficiencies across its operations.

Nakilat Managing Director Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti said, “Nakilat perseveres despite the current economic environment through its steady growth in all its operations. The first half of 2017 has seen successful transitions of four vessels into Nakilat in-house management, bringing total vessels operated by Nakilat to 16 vessels to date. This further showcases our readiness to grow while strengthening in-house capability. Just recently, Nakilat signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hoegh LNG, forming a strategic alliance to explore Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) project. This collaboration is a strategic move for Nakilat as we are always looking at opportunities to venture into leading-edge technologies and diversifying solutions to deliver clean energy worldwide, which further strengthens Qatar’s position in the energy portfolio.”

Recognising the challenges ahead, Nakilat Managing Director Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti remains positive and determined. “We continue to assess our current investments in relation to profitability in order to address any risk involved for the company and its shareholders. Although Nakilat anticipates continued challenges, we remain focus on effective and efficient measures of control to steer the company forward. This comes in view of Nakilat’s vision to be the global leader and provider of choice for energy transportation and maritime services, which ultimately contributes to the development of an integrated maritime industry in Qatar.”

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