Drake & Scull reports third quarter net loss of $97m

Drake & Scull reports third quarter net loss of $97m
Rabih Abou Diwan, investor relations director of DSI.
Published: 15 November 2017 - 3:03 a.m.
By: Rajiv Ravindran Pillai

Drake & Scull International (DSI) reported a net loss of $97m (AED359m) in Q3 2017.

The revenue for the third quarter of 2017 stood at $160m (AED590m).

The lack of liquidity prior to the completion of the recapitalisation programme and to the equity injection by Tabarak Investment impacted the overall productivity of ongoing projects.

Rabih Abou Diwan, investor relations director of DSI, said: “We expect our financial performance to normalise in the fiscal year 2018 in line with our continued pursuit of restructuring and reinforcing our operations. Our primary objective is to strengthen our financial position, to accelerate projects delivery and to improve the operational performance across all sectors.”

“For the fourth quarter of 2017, we are confident that our performance will improve as we steam ahead with our restructuring program. We reassure our shareholders that we are on the right track to restore our leadership position in the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) sector as the new board of directors remains fully committed to stabilizing the business and reinstating our trajectory for profitability and growth.”

The ongoing projects portfolio in the UAE remains robust and continues to be the main revenue driver, with the debt restructuring positively progressing in the local market, the company stated.

The debt restructuring effort is expected to be concluded across key markets in the fourth quarter of 2017 enabling the Group to secure its funding requirements and to move forward with its turnaround plan.

Furthermore, the company revealed that the UAE project tenders in advance stages of negotiations are expected to materialise in Q4 2017.

The company’s quarterly financial results were released as the new leadership team continues to review projects and identify pertinent risks to mitigate its exposure on the operating and financial performance of the Group. 

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