Publicly listed Endeavour Holdings Ltd (EHL) yesterday reported after-tax profit of $71.68 million for the nine-month period ending January 31, which was an increase of 235 per cent over the $21.40 million the property holding company reported for the same period in 2022.
Most of the company’s increased profit of $50.3 million was as a result of a gain of $43.8 million, which it recognised on its acquisition of Massy Properties (Trinidad) Ltd.
That acquisition, which was renamed Endeavour PoS Properties Ltd (EHLPOS), was consolidated onto EHL’s books as at July 8, 2022. The acquisition comprised Uptown Mall, the CHIC Building, among others, according to a statutory announcement made by EHL on May 31, 2022.
Exclusing the gain from the acquisition, EHL reported operational profit of $27.9 million, which increased by $6.5 million compared with the nine months ended January 2022,
The net profit of the newly acquired subsidiary was $3.9 million for the period from July 2022 to January 2023.
In the report accompanying the quarterly results, EHL chairman, John Aboud, said, “Revenue from contracts with customers increased by $3.7 million from $59.9 million as at January 2022 to $63.6 million as at January 2023, due to the inclusion of revenue from EHLPOS.
“Rental expenses decreased by $6.7 million from $24.1 million as at January 2022 to $17.4 million as at January 2023. This decrease is primarly credited to the reduction in rental discounts (primarly made available by the company to tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic) from $8.9 million as at January 2022 to $1.1 million as at January 2023.”
Aboud said EHL recorded an increase in investment properties of $106 million as at Janjuary 2023, which represents the EHLPOS properties at $90 million, fair value adjustment made in the April 2022 year-end financial of $12.2 million and building improvements at Price Plaza.
The company’s corporation tax rate, Business Levy and Green Fund levy are zero as a result of the amendments to the Finance Act granted to listed small and medium-sized enterprises.
Looking forward, Aboud said EHL expects to refinance its bond ballon payment at the end of March 2023, funding for which has already been secured by the company.
He also announced that CinemaOne’s multi cineplex is expected to open in Price Plaza North in May 2023.