Bahrain's Arcapita swings to profit

Income hits $50.2m against a $560m loss the year before

Bahrain-based investment firm Arcapita swung to a profit in its fiscal year ended June 30, it said on Wednesday, helped mainly by multiple exits or disposals of assets in its investment portfolio. 

The Islamic investment firm recorded net income of $50.2 million compared with a loss of $560 million for the year before. 

Arcapita said it completed seven full and partial exits during the year, returning about $1 billion to the firm and its shareholders. 

The company was badly hit by the crisis as it struggled to exit its investments due to global investment woes and its fee income from  raising fresh funds in the Gulf Arab region collapsed. Arcapita, whose total assets stood at $3.7bn at June 30, raised $435 million from its investment in property firm Mapletree Industrial Trust last year and sold a portfolio of senior living communities in the United States for $630 million in early 2011.

It needs to refinance a $1.1 billion murabaha loan due in April 2012. 

Arcapita plans to exit more investments and use funds for part repayment of the loan, its Chief Executive Atif Abdulmalik said in June.


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