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Yahsat reports double digit rise in Q3 2022 revenue

The company attributed its revenue growth to the performance of its managed solutions business, which serves the requirements of the UAE government, including related bodies and entities.

Yahsat has announced revenue of AED1.2bn, up 11% year-on-year and adjusted EBITDA of AED694m, up 10% year-on-year.

Total revenue for Q3 of the year rose 15.8% year-on-year to $109m.

The company also announced a normalised net income of AED278m, up 39% year-on-year, and contracted future revenue of AED7.6bn, equivalent to more than five times the annual revenue for the full year 2021.

For the first nine months of 2022, revenue reached AED1.2bn ($315m), up 11% YoY. With its “robust financial position”, Yahsat said it could deliver higher dividend for this year.

“[The company is] on track to grow full-year 2022 dividend by at least 2% to AED16.12 fils per share or AED393m,” Yahsat said. Half of the amount has already been paid as an interim dividend.

“Yahsat delivered another set of exceptional results with third-quarter revenues and EBITDA soaring by 16% and 21% respectively year-on-year, underpinned by a stellar performance in its Managed Solutions business. This business, together with the stable, long-term contracted Infrastructure business, serves the requirements of the UAE Government, including government-related bodies and entities in the UAE, for secure satellite communications capacity and end-to-end managed services,” the company stated.

Commenting on the group’s latest financial results, Ali Al Hashemi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat, said: “Yahsat has delivered another excellent performance with third quarter revenue and EBITDA growth accelerating compared to the first half of 2022. Our core Government business has performed particularly well with quarterly revenues in our Managed Solutions business more than doubling year-on-year.  Through the procurement of the T4-NGS satellite, which we expect to launch in the first half of 2024 and enter operations in the first half of 2025, we remain well-positioned to meet the UAE Government’s increasing demand for advanced satellite communication solutions. T4-NGS will also strongly support our commercial operations in Mobility Solutions, which achieved double-digit revenue growth during the first nine months of the year.

“The potential procurement of two new satellites, Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5, remains under consideration for launch in 2026 which will secure continuity of service well beyond the lifetime of our existing fleet.

“Our industry is witnessing an exciting period of significant innovation and investment. Yahsat is in a strong financial position with a robust balance sheet and a large and visible backlog of contracted future revenues, providing it with the capacity to invest and pursue future growth opportunities. Our recent investment and commercial agreement with eSAT Global to develop a platform for low and very low data rate IoT sensing and tracking devices is an example of the proactive role that Yahsat is playing in shaping the industry’s future development.”