UAE's Al Noor profit jumps on outpatient treatments
Abu Dhabi, August 12, 2014
Al Noor Hospitals reported a 79 per cent jump in first-half net profit, as the UAE healthcare firm treated more out-patients.
Net profit rose to $44.5 million on revenue up 25 per cent to $224.8 million, the company said on Tuesday.
Al Noor added 31 physicians during the first six months which enabled the group to treat more patients who did not need an overnight stay in hospital, out-going chief executive Kassem Alom said in a statement. Outpatient volumes rose 20 per cent from the previous year.
Alom said the London-listed company expects to meet its target of an additional 70-80 physicians in 2014.
"We remain on track to deliver strong growth through our physician hiring programme and the opening of three medical centres," Alom said.
Alom will be replaced by Ronald Lavater later this year, the company announced last week.
The board proposed an interim dividend of 3.7 pence per share, to be paid on October 10, its first half-yearly pay-out to shareholders, a statement said.
Al Noor said it has the biggest market share among private health-care services providers in Abu Dhabi, for both outpatients and inpatients. - Reuters