MANAMA, BAHRAIN – 20 August 2020 – Ithmaar Holding B.S.C. (Trading symbol: ITHMR), a Bahrain-based holding company, announced its financial results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2020.
The announcement, by Ithmaar Holding Chairman His Royal Highness Prince Amr Al Faisal, follows the review and approval of the Board of Directors of the Company’s consolidated financial results.
Ithmaar Holding reported a net loss attributable to equity holders for the six-month period ended 30 June 2020 of US$1.29 million, a 115 percent decrease compared to the net profit of US$8.37 million reported for the same period in 2019. The loss is mainly due to the economic impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Overall, the Company’s results show a net profit for the six-month period ended 30 June 2020 of US$7.40 million, a 43 percent decrease compared to the net profit of US$13.02 million reported for same period in 2019.
Earnings Per Share (EPS) for the period ended 30 June 2020 were negative US Cents 0.04, compared to positive US Cents 0.29 for the same period in 2019.
Ithmaar Holding’s total owners’ equity stood at US$8.80 million as at 30 June 2020, a 90.8 percent decrease compared to US$95.55 million as 31 December 2019, mainly due to the dramatic economic slowdown cause by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Accumulated losses, as at 30 June 2020, of US$795.6 million amounted to 105 percent of the share capital, compared to 98.5 percent as at 31 December 2019. Total assets remained stable, at US$8.08 billion as at 30 June 2020, compared to US$8.09 billion as at 31 December 2019.
The Board of Directors is working on various initiatives to improve the capital, which will strengthen the Company’s consolidated equity, including the possible sale or restructuring of non-core assets, subject to necessary regulatory approvals.
The Company also remains committed to realizing its long-term objectives of growing its core retail banking business while facilitating the sale of underlying, non-core assets of its subsidiaries when suitable opportunities arise.
This press release and the full set of consolidated financial statements are available on the Bahrain Bourse website.