KUWAIT: The Gulf Cables & Electrical Industries Group Co (KSCP) at its ordinary general assembly meeting approved the distribution of cash dividends of 60 fils per share to shareholders registered with the company in accordance with the rules in force at Boursa Kuwait. Chairman of the Board of Directors Asaad Al-Banwan said: “The company continued its successful path due to efforts by the executive management and based on the implementation of the plans and directives of the board of directors, which were based on a number of objectives. This strategy took into account the rapid economic changes global and local economies are facing and ensures our steady progress on the path to achieving sustainable profitability.”

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Gulf Cables Bader Nasser Al-Kharafi said after the board meeting: “The company has become, as its shareholders aspire, a diversified investment system that operates within the framework of a holding entity. The company continued its planned expansion in accordance with the strategic plan approved by the board of directors and approved by the general assembly.”

Al-Kharafi added that despite the challenging local and global economic conditions, the group’s growth momentum continued on the business front. “The company has achieved a quantum leap in its performance through the diversification of its income sources, as many tools and companies that cover different sectors, whether operational or service based, fall under its umbrella, which ensures its financial as well as operational stability,” Al-Kharafi explained.

Al-Kharafi added “the company, as promised to its shareholders, has achieved a large part of its strategic objectives that guarantee it sustainable profitability within the framework of integrated financial stability”.

The General Assembly meeting of the Gulf Cables & Electrical Industries Group Co.

Financial performance

Gulf Cables achieved a total revenue of KD 113 million for the year 2022, with a growth rate of 39 percent, compared to a total of KD 81.3 million achieved in 2021. The group’s total revenues consist of three main components — cable sales, investment revenues and service providing revenues.


Book value

The total equity of Gulf Cables’ shareholders increased in 2022 to reach KD 227.8 million compared to KD 227 million at the end of 2021, which led to an increase in the book value of a share to KD 1.093 compared to KD 1.086 at the end of 2021. According to Al-Kharafi: “Total revenues from cable sales amounted to KD 99.3 million, compared to KD 65.5 million for the year 2021, as the parent company achieved sales related to cable products at a value of KD 77.1 million, compared to KD 50.3 million for the year 2021, with an annual growth rate of 53.4 percent.” He said the subsidiary company in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Gulf Cable and Multi Industries Company) achieved sales of KD 22.2 million, compared to KD 15.2 million in 2021, with an annual growth rate of 46.5 percent. “This growth in cable revenue is due to higher demand from the private sector following the recovery from the COVID pandemic and growth in export sales at our subsidiary,” Al-Kharafi added.


HEISCO acquisition

Al-Kharafi clarified that the group’s strategy regarding the acquisition of 28.3 percent of the shares of the shipping company HEISCO is flourishing through the reflection of the good and positive performance of the company on the group’s share of profits, by achieving a share of the company’s results for this year at a value of 1.6 percent worth KD 1 million, and cash dividends for the year 2021, amounting to KD 1.0 million.

“Our investment in HEISCO reflects the group’s plan to diversify its investment portfolio and sources of income and focus on investing in companies of an industrial and operational nature to ensure the achievement and sustainability of the group’s vision,” he explained, pointing out that the book value of the group’s ownership stake on Dec 31, 2022 amounted to KD 30.5 million, compared to KD 29.9 million on Dec 31, 2021.


National investments

Gulf Cables has raised its stake in ownership of the National Investments Company during 2022 to reach about 27.0 percent, compared to 25.4 percent at the end of 2021. This is in continuation and realization of the group’s absolute belief that the group becomes a major shareholder in this type of unique investment opportunity that is characterized by its stable nature and diversified assets that achieve the highest possible rate of return, distinguished by high quality and diversified services with highly efficient management.

The group’s ownership in National Investments Company reached this year a share of KD 2.1 million, as well as cash dividends for the year 2021 amounting to KD 9.6 million. It is worth noting that the book value of the group’s ownership stake on Dec 31, 2022 amounted to KD 54.9 million, compared to KD 55.0 million on Dec 31, 2021.


Joint venture with Riyadh Cables and

Electrical Industries Company

Gulf Cables with a total capital of KD 5.0 million determined the main purpose of the company, which is the manufacture of electrical and electronic wires and cables, with the group contributing 50 percent of the capital of the new company.

The establishment of the company comes to achieve the goals and plans of the group represented in promoting its products and future aspirations through obtaining the latest technologies related to the manufacture of high-voltage cables in accordance with local and international standards after the group signed in 2021 a joint venture agreement with Riyadh Cables Group Company to establish a factory in Kuwait specialized in manufacturing high voltage cables.


Investment policy

“The investment group’s strategy is characterized by a policy of a medium- to long-term nature, and by diversifying the investment portfolio by selecting low- and medium-risk stock options in various activities and industries with a moderate geographical distribution, in order to ensure achieving a high and continuous return and to ensure the possibility of interaction with negative indicators that may lead to affecting the financial performance of the group, so that it is exited whenever the opportunity becomes favorable to achieve a high and rewarding return upon sale,” Al-Kharafi said.


Exceptional profit

“Significantly, this year the investments achieved an exceptional profit, mainly due to the profits resulting from the exit from our investment in Egyptian Kuwaiti Holding Company and Kuwait Gate Holding Company, with profits amounting to KD 14.9 million and KD 4.1 million respectively, with a total of KD 19.0 million recorded. Directly in the retained earnings account, the group also obtained dividends from its investments during the year amounting to KD 6.7 million, compared to KD 1.6 million in 2021,” Al-Kharafi explained.

Future outlook

Looking to the future, Al-Kharafi said: “We are confident of our ability to achieve the desired growth through the strategy set by the board of directors, as the group keeps pace with modern technology in the industry. Within this framework, the group signed a contract to purchase a new production line for low and medium voltage cables, which will reflect positively on the speed of production and the size of the parent company’s production capacity starting from 2024, as it will in turn meet the expected growth of the markets and increase the size of the local and regional presence of the group.”


Loan reduction

The total value of term loans and Islamic financing facilities decreased by KD 28.2 million to reach KD 43.9 million at the end of 2022, compared to KD 72.1 million at the end of 2021.


Upgrade continuation

Al-Kharafi pointed out the group’s management systems, policies and procedures will continue to be updated regularly and adopt new global digital transformation technologies to gain more flexibility and competitiveness and enhance efficiency across the group’s companies and sectors.


Customer needs and the first market

“The company is keen to understand and fulfill the needs of their customers, as well as make every effort to satisfy them by focusing on quality and developing staff in a way that supports achieving the best returns and maximizing the value of shareholder equity,” Al-Kharafi said. He drew attention to the group’s presence among the premier market companies on Boursa Kuwait. “It is an elite market for the best listed companies that are characterized by high liquidity and medium to large market value, in addition to providing a high degree of transparency and commitment by the companies of this market.”


Exceptional vision

Al-Kharafi explained the importance of continuing the company’s unique culture with regards to “innovation-driven entrepreneurship, which is the main pillar of our continuous success year after year, keeping pace with the group’s vision, which is based on investing expertise, financial and human resources and assets, which in turn increases the streams of income and enhances the growth of revenues and profitability of the group.”