Reflecting the success of the company's focus on strengthening its recurring revenue streams, Emaar's shopping malls & retail and hospitality & leisure businesses contributed Dhs4.096bn ($1.115bn) to the full-year revenue, representing 50% of the total. The contribution of Emaar's international operations to the total revenue was Dhs1.264bn ($344m), representing 15% of the total revenue. International revenues were reinforced by the handover of homes and offices in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, among other markets.
The fourth quarter (October to December) 2012 revenues reached Dhs2.680bn ($730m), 64% more than the third-quarter (July to September) 2012 revenues of Dhs1.639bn ($446m). Net profit for the last quarter of 2012 was Dhs512m ($139m), 32% higher than the third-quarter 2012 net profit of Dhs387m (US$105m).
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: "Last year was one of transformation, for Emaar Properties, Dubai and a number of the international markets that we serve. With Dubai restating its credentials as a global business and tourism hub, Emaar capitalised on the city's resurgence by investing in creating prime real estate assets and strengthening our shopping malls and hospitality businesses. Our inspiration has been and continues to be the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which emphasises the continued expansion of the core sectors of tourism, retail and hospitality."
Mr Alabbar said that the company's growth outlook for 2013 integrates with its ongoing commitment to support the socioeconomic growth of the countries it operates in, by developing integrated communities that help energise the local economy.
"We have made several significant additions to our property portfolio including the Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District in Downtown Dubai, the 1m sq ft expansion to The Dubai Mall, the extension to Arabian Ranches, new properties in our Address hotels portfolio, and our partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid City. Our focus on adding value for our stakeholders and creating self-sustaining business entities that contribute to the recurring revenue streams of the company will remain a constant."
Increase in recurring revenues
In 2012, Emaar's shopping malls & retail business contributed Dhs2.719bn ($740m) to annual revenues, 27% higher than the 2011 malls & retail revenues of Dhs2.14bn ($583m). This was led by the strong growth in visitor footfall to The Dubai Mall, Emaar's flagship development, which welcomed over 60m visitors in 2012 - a growth of over 11% compared to 2011.
Emaar's hospitality & leisure business revenues for 2012 stood at Dhs1.377bn ($375m), 13% higher than the 2011 revenue of Dhs1.22bn ($332m). The Address Hotels + Resorts recorded an average annual occupancy of 85% in 2012, and the chain strengthened its international footprint with management contracts to operate luxury resorts in Egypt and Kenya.
Strong project portfolio
The pioneer of master-planned communities in Dubai, Emaar continued to build on its impressive track-record in project delivery, handing over 1,105 homes and more than 149,000 square feet of commercial office space in Dubai. The Company also handed over 673 homes and more than 122,000 square feet of commercial space in its international markets in 2012.
Emaar energised Dubai's property market in 2012 with the launch of several premier projects including Panorama at The Views, The Address The BLVD in Downtown Dubai, and luxury villas and town houses in Arabian Ranches. More than 80% of the projects launched last year have been sold.
Growing international footprint
Among the key international projects launched by Emaar in 2012 was Emaar Square in Turkey, which will feature over 1,000 luxury homes, a 180-room fivestar hotel, offices, and a world-class shopping mall, the largest in the country. Emaar also launched the 'city within a city' development, Emaar Square, at its flagship Uptown Cairo development in Egypt.
With total assets of over Dhs61.2bn ($16.7bn) as at 30 September 2012, Emaar has an impressive land bank of more than 234m sq m in international markets, and over 11.19m sq m in current gross construction area in the UAE.
In 2012, Emaar successfully priced its second international fixed-income sukuk offering, raising $500m via the issuance of trust certificates, which was listed on NASDAQ Dubai. The company also signed a financing facility amounting to $500m with a consortium of banks to develop Emaar Square in Turkey underling the financial strength and commitment of the company to undertake large scale projects.
Among the most significant achievements of Emaar in 2012 was establishing Downtown Dubai, its $20bn flagship mega-development as the world's most visited tourism, shopping and lifestyle destination. In addition to creating several thousand new jobs, Downtown Dubai and its varied attractions contributed significantly to Dubai's tourism, hospitality and retail sectors. Downtown Dubai was also in the global spotlight by hosting over 1.7m visitors for the New Year's Eve Gala, which was telecast live to over 2bn people, further catalysing Dubai's tourism sector.