Thursday 11, January 2018 by Jessica Combes

Union Properties PJSC acquires 5.68 per cent stake in Palm Hills Development PJSC in Egypt


UPP Capital Investment, the fully owned investment arm of Union Properties, has acquired a strategic stake of 5.68 per cent of the total shares of Palm Hills Development PJSC, based in Egypt and listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange.

Established in 2005, Palm Hills Development PJSC is one of the leading real estate developers in the Egyptian market. It focuses mainly on developing residential and integrated commercial developments, small cities, urban communities, hotels and luxury resorts. The company aims to continue its growth and expansion to quickly become a key player in the real estate sector in the region.

Palm Hills Development PJSC owns one of the largest land banks in Egypt, with a total area of 41 million square metres across strategic areas that allow the company to provide a wide range of potential projects for different uses. The company currently has a portfolio of 26 projects in various stages of development, with the total area spanning over 27 million square metres located in Egypt.

“Palm Hills Development PJSC is one of the leading real estate developers in Egypt. Acquiring this strategic stake in the company marks another step in Union Properties’ ambitious plan to enhance our investments in and out of the UAE, diversify our revenue streams, expand our business, and venture into new markets. As Union Properties enters a new growth phase, we are strengthening our expanding investment portfolio by acquiring significant assets that are diverse, dynamic and successful. Palm Hills Development Company PJSC has the ability to continue its steady growth into an important regional player in the MENA real estate sector,” said Ahmed Yousef Khouri, Group CEO of Union Properties.

During the first nine months of 2017, Palm Hills Development Company PJSC achieved Revenue of EGP4.8 billion, while its Net Profit after Minority Interest reached EGP467 million for the same period. New sales grew year-over-year by 44 per cent for the same period to reach more than EGP8.1 billion. The company's capital is EGP1.64 billion, distributed across 2.3 billion shares for a nominal value of EGP2 per share.

As part of its diversification strategy, Union Properties PJSC has recently established UPP Capital Investment as the company’s investment arm. UPP Capital Investment is committed to both direct and indirect real estate investments and will use its expertise to support the Group's long-term diversification and growth strategy.



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