Markaz achieves net profit of 6 fils EPS for H1-2014


Kuwait, August 11, 2014 -- Kuwait Financial Centre “Markaz” [KSE: Markaz, Reuters: MARKZ.KW, Bloomberg: MARKAZ: KK] announced achieving a net profit attributable to shareholders of KD 3.03 million (EPS 6 Fils per share) for the first half ending 30th June 2014, as compared with a net profit of 3.59 million (EPS 7 Fils per share) during the same period in 2013. Markaz’s total assets under management (AUM) reached KD 1,080 million as of June 30th, 2014, with an increase by more than 10% compared to the AUM as of December 31, 2013.

Mr. Diraar Y. Alghanim, Markaz Chairman, said: “The performance of GCC stock markets affected Markaz results for the second quarter of 2014, where S&P GCC recorded a decline of 7.4 per cent in the month of June. Our diversification policy mitigated the volatility of the markets during the first half of 2014 and Markaz funds continued to outperform its respective indices. Meanwhile, Markaz’s Assets Under Management (AUM) grew by over 10% in the first half; the growth was contributed from most of our investment products’ range, and was a result of the solid and consistent performance of our Funds.”

During the first half of 2014, Markaz was awarded Euromoney’s “Best Investment Bank in Kuwait” prize for the second consecutive year. Euromoney’s 2014 Award for Excellence recognized Markaz based on demonstrated breadth of capabilities and excellence in execution of client mandates across debt market transactions, equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and advisory work.(End)

Photo caption: Mr. Diraar Y. Alghanim, Chairman, Kuwait Financial Centre “Markaz”
About Markaz

Kuwait Financial Centre K.P.S.C “Markaz”, established in 1974, is one of the leading asset management and investment banking institutions in the Arabian Gulf Region with total assets under management (AUM) of over KD 1 billion as of June 30th, 2014 (USD 3.82 billion). Markaz was listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) in 1997.