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Al Hassan Ghazi Ibrahim Shaker Co. announces a strong start to FY24, reporting a 12.09% YoY increase in net profit to reach SAR 32.25 million in Q1-FY24

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Al Hassan Ghazi Ibrahim Shaker Co. (“Shaker”, the “Group” or the “Company”), Saudi Arabia’s leading manufacturer, importer, and distributor of Air Conditioners and Home Appliances, has announced its financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2024, highlighting a strong start to the year as the Company continues its growth trajectory.

Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue of SAR 413.24 million, up 19.24% year-on-year (YoY), driven by higher sales in the HVAC solutions segment and balanced growth across the company’s brand portfolio
  • Gross profit of SAR 97.77 million, up 12.24% YoY, in line with higher revenues and a favorable portfolio mix.
  • Operating income of SAR 31.35 million, up 9.59% YoY, primarily driven by higher revenues, and gross profit, offsetting the higher SG&A expenses in line with increased strategic marketing efforts.
  • Net profit1 of SAR 32.25 million, up 12.09% YoY, driven by strong revenue growth, enhanced operational performance, and lower finance costs.
  • EPS of SAR 0.67 per share, improved by 12.09% YoY.
    1: Attributable to equity owners

Shaker’s strong Q1-FY24 performance reinforces the continued strength of its strategic initiatives driven by market differentiation and a robust growth strategy. The company’s focus on strengthening its core business segments, brand portfolio diversification, and operational efficiency has translated into rising demand for its high-quality products and services, solidifying its market leadership in the HVAC and Home Appliances segment.

Demonstrating its commitment to achieving sustainable growth while strengthening its financial health, Shaker achieved a significant 24.08% reduction in net debt. This strategic deleveraging along with optimizing the usage of short-term loans and Letter of Credits (LC) has resulted in a decrease in finance costs, positively impacting net profit. Additionally, further improvements in inventory management and working capital resulted in strong cash generation from operations, reaching SAR 30.98 million.

In February 2024, Shaker signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LG Electronics and the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) to explore local manufacturing of AC compressors in the Kingdom. This marks a significant leap towards localizing the production of the most technologically complex component of AC units. In March 2024, Shaker also announced the localization of manufacturing of LG Electronics Multi V5 unit featuring the Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology at its LG-Shaker factory in Riyadh. This cutting-edge technology is known for its energy-saving capabilities, space-efficiency, and reliability which will primarily target large residential projects as well as commercial and hospitality projects. These strategic developments mark a new era in the Saudi market, while aligning with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, and strengthening Shaker’s value chain in its HVAC segment.

Shaker continued to expand its digital footprint, as its e-commerce platform experienced strong growth driven by ongoing efforts to improve user experience and broaden online offerings. Additionally, the upcoming transition to SAP’s S/4HANA ERP system, on track for full roll-out by Q3-FY24, will further optimize operational efficiency and e-commerce capabilities.

The unveiling of a new growth strategy is expected by mid-2024, and will position Shaker for long-term growth.

Mohammed Ibrahim Abunayyan, Chief Executive Officer at Shaker, said:

“Shaker’s Q1-FY24 results are a strong start to the year, building on the momentum we established throughout 2023. Our focus on core business segments, brand diversification, and operational efficiency has continued to cement our market leadership. We are especially proud of achieving a strong balance across our brand portfolio, demonstrating our agility and commitment to catering to evolving customer preferences. This customer centricity is a cornerstone of our vision, and it’s reflected in our ongoing efforts to expand our digital footprint and enhance the user experience on our e-commerce platform. These factors, combined with our commitment to innovation, as exemplified by the recent MoU with LG Electronics and MISA, position Shaker for a future of industry leadership.

Looking ahead, we are excited to share our new growth strategy by mid-2024. This will guide our future direction while positioning Shaker at the forefront of innovation and sustainable growth.”

About Shaker

Shaker was founded in 1950 and was amongst the first in Saudi Arabia to introduce Air Conditioning & Home Appliances for Saudi consumers. Shaker is the importer and distributor of several leading international brands including Maytag, Ariston, Indesit, Midea, Bompani, and LG in Saudi Arabia, and the sole distributor of LG Air Conditioners in Saudi Arabia. ESCO, as a business unit of Shaker, provides Energy Solutions. Shaker has been a publicly listed company on the Saudi Exchange (Saudi Exchange) since 2010. Throughout the years, Shaker has positioned its name among the top Saudi companies, providing a range of integrated solutions in terms of Air Conditioners and Home Appliances in the Saudi market and the region. For more information, visit: http://www.shaker.com.sa/

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Tan Xuguang: Driving Strategic Collaboration with Leading Global Industry Enterprises

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MUNICH, May 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — From May 22nd to 23rd, 2024, Tan Xuguang, along with a delegation, convened in Munich, Germany, to conduct a visit and engagement with prominent entities including Germany’s TÜV Süd Group, FEV GmbH, and MAN Truck & Bus Group, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. The primary objective of this initiative was to tackle the challenges posed by the advent of the new technological landscape. Central to this endeavor was the establishment of a succession of strategic cooperation agreements aimed at harmonizing global cooperation frameworks.

On May 23rd, 2024, Tan Xuguang and his delegation paid a visit to the MAN Truck & Bus Group, operating under the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Traton Group. During this visit, they engaged in comprehensive discussions with Christian Levin, who serves as both the Chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Traton Group and as the President and CEO of the Scania Commercial Vehicles Group. The focal point of these discussions revolved around the anticipated competitive dynamics and technological trajectories within the global commercial vehicle industry.

Christian Levin articulated, “Throughout the past year, our management teams have participated in numerous efficient and pragmatic visits and exchanges, resulting in the elevation of our cooperative relationship to unprecedented heights. We hold deep admiration for the accomplishments of the Sinotruk Group within the global heavy-duty truck market in recent years. The alignment of our industrial chain layouts presents mutually beneficial synergies, paving the way for extensive strategic cooperation opportunities. We eagerly anticipate the deepening of exchanges and collaboration within the realm of new technologies, with the overarching goal of achieving development that is mutually advantageous.”

Tan Xuguang asserted, “The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Traton Group has consistently served as a benchmark from which we derive invaluable insights. The longstanding successful collaboration between the Sinotruk Group and the MAN Truck & Bus Group in Germany spanning 15 years underscores our status as close strategic partners. Irrespective of past, present, or future, our alliance remains steadfast. We are resolutely committed to broadening cooperation across the comprehensive spectrum of ‘traditional energy + new energy’ and dual industrial chains, thereby facilitating win-win outcomes in the global arena of cooperation and competition.”

Tan Xuguang and his delegation conducted a tour of the intelligent heavy truck factory operated by the MAN Truck & Bus Group. Throughout the duration of the visit and ensuing discussions, Alexander Vlaskamp, Chairman and CEO of the MAN Truck & Bus Group, provided continuous accompaniment, offering insights and facilitating exchanges.

On May 22nd, 2024, Tan Xuguang presided over a strategic technology seminar held in Munich, facilitating collaboration between Weichai and the German engine technology consulting company, FEV. The seminar brought together experts from both FEV and Weichai headquarters, fostering extensive exchanges and discussions pertaining to product enhancements, competitive benchmarking, and future strategic planning.

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2024 Blockchain Critical Trend: Unveiling New Financial and Development Opportunities in Southeast Asia

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None Group, a leading blockchain group, today released its 2024 Blockchain Critical Trend report, providing a comprehensive overview of the blockchain ecosystem in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. The report highlights key trends, regulatory frameworks, and emerging opportunities for businesses, investors, policymakers, and technology enthusiasts.

Blockchain Critical Trend” released by None Group is now available for download.

Southeast Asia Emerges as a Global Financial Hub with Blockchain at the Forefront

Southeast Asia, with its unique financial landscape and over 400 million active internet users, has become a global financial hotspot, especially in the wake of the pandemic. Recognizing this opportunity, None Group has collaborated with strategy partners such as the Taiwan FinTech Association, Bitcoin Addict (Thailand), Coin98 (Vietnam), Coinvestasi (Indonesia), and Malaysia Blockchain Week to bring together 14 industry leaders to share their market insights and unveil exclusive investment opportunities.

To further promote cross-border collaboration between Southeast Asia and Taiwan, None Group will host blockchain trend release events in Vietnam and Taiwan. The Vietnam event will be held on June 5, while the Taiwan event is scheduled for July 10. These events will focus on industry trends and related blockchain topics.

Key Highlights of the 2024 Blockchain Critical Trend

The 2024 Blockchain Critical Trend report unveils the Southeast Asia blockchain landscape, covering various segments and project details. The report highlights three key takeaways:

  • Focus and Attitudes of Southeast Asian Governments
  • Expert Insights into the Industry Ecosystem
  • Cross-Border Collaboration Opportunities and Potential Explosion Points

Read the full 2024 Blockchain Critical Trend (TaiwanThailandVietnamIndonesiaMalaysiaSingaporePhilippines)

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ONCOCLÍNICAS APPROVES R$ 1.5 BILLION CAPITAL INCREASE

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Operation aims to strengthen the Company’s financial position and maintain growth strategy

SAO PAULO, May 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Oncoclínicas&Co (B3: ONCO3), a leading oncology company headquartered in Latin America, has announced that the enterprise has approved a capital increase of R$ 1.5 billion at a Board of Directors meeting held on May 22, 2024.

This capital increase complies with the ceiling established within the company’s Articles of Association and does not require any statutory change. The capital increase will be carried out through the issuance of 115.4 million new registered ordinary shares with no par value.

With this issuance, Oncoclínicas&Co strengthens its capital structure, significantly reduces leverage, and increases liquidity to continue to provide better access to advanced oncology treatments to cancer patients, achieve economies of scale, and optimize the costs associated,

Investors of the Quíron Multi-Strategy Equity Investment Fund (“Quíron”) and the Tessália Multi-Strategy Equity Investment Fund (“Tessália”), investment vehicles anchored by Banco Master, entered into an investment agreement with the company and committed to subscribe up to R$ 1 billion of new shares, to be issued by Oncoclínicas&Co.

In addition, founding shareholder and CEO Bruno Lemos Ferrari announced his intention to subscribe up to R$ 500 million worth of new shares.

“The capital increase significantly strengthens our capital structure and makes us even better equipped to take advantage of future growth opportunities, while continuing to provide exceptional quality care with an acute focus on our patients and their families,” emphasized Ferrari.

The terms of the capital increase provide for the issuance of new shares at a price of R$ 13.00 per share, representing a premium of 89% over the market value, based on a recent valuation by XP Finanças Assessoria Financeira Ltda. The funds raised will be used to reduce the company’s consolidated debt, improve its cash position, maintain its growth strategy, continue its organic expansion plans, and for general corporate use.

Josephina Multi-Strategy Equity Investment Fund and Josephina II Multi-Strategy Equity Investment Fund (together the “FIPs”), investment vehicles of Goldman Sachs, have agreed to transfer their respective preferential rights to the investors of Quíron and Tessália as part of the capital increase.

Daniel Vorcaro, President of Banco Master, emphasized that “…Healthcare is one of the markets with the greatest growth potential in Brazil in the coming years, whether in the pharmaceutical industry, primary care or high value-added services, arenas where Oncoclínicas&Co occupies a prominent position in Latin America. Being part of a company that is revolutionizing access to oncology treatments in the country, alongside Goldman Sachs, is a great opportunity and indeed a privilege for our company to undertake.”

According to João Padin, Vice President of Corporate Equity Investments at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, the transaction demonstrates the attractiveness and strength of Oncoclínicas&Co’s business model.

“The funds raised are important for continuing the growth strategy and strengthening the Group’s capital structure. In this way, Oncoclínicas&Co underlines the solidity of its business and its commitment to the quality of the services offered to patients,” he added.

The notice to shareholders is available on the Investor Relations website of Oncoclínicas&Co, the CVM website and the B3 S.A. website.

Oncoclínicas&Co reaffirms its commitment to transparency and corporate governance and will keep its shareholders and the market informed of the next steps in this capital increase process.

Note To Editors:

Last year alone, the company carried out more than 600,000 procedures and has expanded its service capacity in recent years to meet the growing demand for cancer treatment. Forecasts from cancer institutes around the world and in Brazil point to a significant increase in the disease over the next two decades, mainly due to an aging population. In Brazil, the National Cancer Institute expects more than 700,000 new cases per year in the period 2023-2025.

For further information, visit http://www.grupooncoclinicas.com

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