Dubai's Shuaa Capital Q4 net loss narrows on cost cuts

DUBAI Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:15am EST

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DUBAI Feb 10 (Reuters) - Shuaa Capital, a Dubai investment bank hard hit by the global financial crisis, on Sunday said its fourth-quarter net loss narrowed as it cut costs and reduced non-core assets amid a shift in strategy.

Shuaa, which has laid off a third of its staff since 2011 and slashed operating costs, posted a quarterly net loss of 20.7 million dirhams ($5.64 million), compared with a net loss of 111.9 million dirhams a year earlier, it said in a bourse statement.

One of the Arab world's largest investment banks and once a symbol of the sector's potential in the region, Shuaa is among a group of regional investment firms struggling to stay afloat after a slump in the value of its investment portfolio. The firm hired ex-ABN Amro banker Colin MacDonald as chief executive in April and is counting on the lending business as part of a turnaround plan under Chairman Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher al-Maktoum, a member of Dubai's ruling family.

Fourth-quarter revenue rose slightly to 25.2 million dirhams from 20.1 million dirhams a year earlier, Shuaa said.

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