Orascom Development Holding AG

EQS-Adhoc: Orascom Development Holding AG: records a net profit of CHF 41.9 million and successfully executes on its communicated four-pillar strategy.

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Results/Final Results
Orascom Development Holding AG: records a net profit of CHF 41.9
million and successfully executes on its communicated four-pillar
strategy.

14.04.2015 / 07:00
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR.
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Press Release

Orascom Development records a net profit of CHF 41.9 million and
successfully executes on its communicated four-pillar strategy.

In the full year 2014, Orascom Development generated a net profit of CHF
41.9 million attributable to shareholders of the parent company after a
loss of CHF 157.7 million in FY 2013. The enhanced operational performance
from all business segments, accompanied by the sound execution of our cost
savings, monetization programs and debt restructuring efforts, all helped
in boosting our EBITDA margins to reach 41%,  value of  CHF 105.2 million
(FY 2013: CHF(80.7) million), strongly positioning the company to
capitalize on its future growth strategy.

Altdorf/Cairo, 14 April 2015 - Orascom Development Holding AG's (Orascom
Development) revenues increased by 13.1% to CHF 250.5 million (FY 2013: CHF
221.4 million), on the back of strong real estate & construction revenues,
increased hotel occupancy rates during the second half of the year and the
increased land revenues resulting from the successful third-party
development agreement between Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD);
Egyptian subsidiary of the Group and El Sewedy, an Egyptian Investor, to
sub-develop a piece of land in El Gouna. . The recognized parcel of land
from the agreement contributed CHF 11.5 million to the top line growth
during the FY 2014.

A very positive year for our real estate business, revenues of the segment
increased by 46% vs the prior year.

Revenues in the Real Estate & Construction segment significantly increased
to CHF 72.9 million (FY 2013: CHF 49.8 million). The increase is mainly a
result of the accelerated deliveries in Egypt (El Gouna, Ancient Sands and
Makadi) and Oman, a total of 743 units were delivered in FY 2014. The
segment EBITDA increased to CHF 18.9 million (FY 2013: CHF (15.1) million).
Contracted real estate sales, after adjusting for the exclusion of the
budget housing segment, increased by 33% to CHF 87.6 million (FY 2013: CHF
65.7 million), driven by the strong sales momentum in El Gouna & Ancient
Sands and the successful closing of a bulk sale deal of 37 units in Al
Fanar project in Salalah Beach, Oman with an amount of CHF 8.9 million.

Despite the severe challenges that the hotel segment had encountered during
1H 2014, the segment showed a significant rebound during 2H 2014

Hotels in Egypt suffered notable airlift capacity cuts following the travel
bans imposed on the country by the majority of the European countries
during the end of 2013 and up until July 2014, still the segment showed a
significant rebound during the second half of 2014, after the travel bans
were lifted on the Red Sea area, Egypt. Also, the opening of Rotana Hotel
in Salalah Beach, Oman which started operating at full capacity in August
2014, positively contributed to the segment's revenue.  Occupancy rates for
the 2H 2014 reached 60% compared to 42% in 2H 2013 and the TRevPAR (Total
Revenues per Available Room) increased by 35% to CHF 58 compared to CHF 43
over the same period last year, taking into consideration that the full
capacity of our hotels was not materialized because of the continued travel
bans on the Sinai Peninsula area and the heavy floods that hit Taba in May
2014, resulting in a complete shutdown of our hotels. To date, we were able
to re-open four of our hotels in Taba Heights, yet 25% of Taba's inventory
remained closed for renovation post the floods through December 2014.

The average occupancy rate for FY 2014 reached 51% (FY 2013: 50%), TRevPAR
reached CHF 48 (FY 2013: CHF 51) and the Average Room Rate (ARR) reached
CHF 56 (FY 2013: CHF 59). Nonetheless, the incorporation of Orascom Hotel
Management (OHM) , Orascom Development Holding's hotel asset management
subsidiary in early 2014 ,along with its profound implementation of the
cost-control and optimization strategies, limited the magnitude of the
ongoing  challenges to only 5.6% decrease in total revenues declining from
CHF 125.8 million in FY 2013 to CHF 118.8 million in FY 2014.  EBITDA
reached CHF 18.2 million in FY 2014 compared to CHF 24.6 million in FY
2013. At the end of the reporting period, the Group added 1,195 rooms to
its hotel portfolio by the opening of two new hotels, Makadi Gardens Azur,
283 rooms, four-star hotel in Makadi, and Rotana Salalah, 399 rooms,
five-star hotel in Salalah, Oman. We also added Citadel-Azur, 513 rooms ,
five-star hotel in the Red Sea Area, post our settlement deal with Falcon
hotels S.A.E, to operate a total of 7,896 hotel rooms compared to 6,696
rooms in FY 2013.

The successful execution of our monetization and cost savings programs,
helped in boosting Gross Operating Profit to reach CHF 37.5 million (FY
2013: CHF 6.5 million).

The Group successfully achieved its cost savings target for the year. The
generic cost savings in addition to the carve-out of the budget housing
operations and the construction segment, in Egypt in June 2014, contributed
positively to the company's cost savings program. As of December 2014,
Orascom Development has achieved total generic savings of CHF 47.7 million
compared to the cost base FY 2012.

Management has also recently adopted the new strategic notion of bringing
third party developers in a move to accelerate the monetization of land,
while providing strict development guidelines, to ensure control over the
development and maintain the architectural harmony of the destination.
Under this notion, OHD has successfully entered into an agreement with El
Sewedy; an Egyptian Investor to sub-develop a piece of land in El Gouna.
This transaction has contributed CHF 11.4 million to the total EBITDA
during FY 2014. The company is targeting one transaction per year of this
amount over the coming 3 to 5 years.

The company has also successfully closed the share sale of CMAR, the
holding company of the Club Med hotel in Mauritius with gross proceeds
amounting to CHF 10.7 million.

Towards the final days of 2014, the Group was contemplating the sale of a
15% stake of its Egyptian subsidiary, Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD).
The decision was taken in light of the more favourable market environment
in Egypt and as part of the Group's overall monetization program. The deal
successfully closed in January 2015 and the offering was oversubscribed
3.8x and generated EGP 506.1 million (approximately USD 70.7 million, CHF
69.9 million).

Subsequent events

Dalia El-Gezery, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, has resigned
effective June 30th, 2015 to pursue her own HR consultancy business. Dalia
joined the Group last year and was a member of the executive management
team reporting to the Group CEO. Since joining, Dalia has supported the
Group in a number of key HR initiatives that were part of the overall
restructuring plan.
The board of directors and the executive management team would like to
thank Dalia for her contributions and wish her all the success in her
future endeavours.

Outlook for FY 2015

After we have successfully executed on our four-pillar strategy by
achieving the cost savings target for the year and collecting CHF 100
million in cash from our monetization programs, which are now being used to
reduce the debt sitting on the OHD level and also negotiating an optimum
debt refinancing package. In addition to the successful restructuring
efforts that was done on the Group and subsidiary levels, our emphasis
going forward will be on growing the business, generating more
opportunities to capitalize on the company's portfolio of hotels, real
estate projects & land bank. Nevertheless, we will remain committed to
further cost optimization and specific monetization initiatives, making
sure that enough cash is available to support the new targeted revenue
levels.

In terms of real estate, we are targeting sales of CHF 120.9 million for FY
2015, we are working on achieving this figure through the rapid roll-out of
new projects and the continued diversification of our product range and
client base. In Egypt, we are launching two new real estate projects
featuring villas, townhouses and apartments, one in April 2015 and another
to be launched later during 4Q 2015. In Oman, we expect further progress in
Oman with focus also remaining firmly on selling our built-up inventory. In
Montenegro, we are redesigning some of the aspects of our first phase
Marina Apartments to make the buildings more efficient and better adapt the
product to market demand. Sales should continue to benefit from the new
planned project launches, the rapid construction progress and our first
residents who should be moving in during the summer of 2015.

2015 started out positively for the hotels segment, with 1Q 2015 occupancy
rates in El Gouna, Egypt and Salalah, Oman reaching the 70% level. We are
already finding new routes to increase our occupancy levels in Taba Heights
by providing a ferry trip from Aqaaba airport in Jordan from our Tala Bay
destination to Taba and are placing all efforts to assist in the lifting of
the travel bans in the area. Simultaneously, new markets were penetrated
for El Gouna, to include Polish, Czech, Dutch and Belgium and we also added
the Italian market for Salalah in Oman. A total of CHF 24.4 million worth
of commitment deals with major European tour operations were finalized. Two
new hotels will be added during the year, one in El Gouna, Ancient Sands, a
five-star hotel with 176 rooms and another in Salalah Beach Oman, Al Fanar
Hotel and Residence that will house 300 guestrooms.  We are also
capitalizing on the positive and steady performance of The Cove Rotana
Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, and will be using its operating cash flow to
build an extension to its existing portfolio adding 150 new rooms to the
hotel's inventory.

Key figures FY 2014



(in CHF million)                               FY 2014   FY 2013   Delta

Total revenues                                 250.5     221.4     13.1%

Gross Profit                                   37.5      6.5       476.9%

Gross Profit-Margin (%)                        15%       3.%       12 ppt

Net income / (loss) attributable to ODH        41.9      (157.7)   nm
shareholders shareholders

Operating cash flow after interest/taxes       (26.2)    (52.2)    50.0%

Total assets1                                  1,781.0   1,672.7   6.0%

Equity ratio (%)1                              46.1%     45.5%     0.6 ppt

Net debt1 & 3                                  431.0     398.9     8.0%

EBITDA                                         105.2     (80.7)    nm
Adjusted EBITDA2                               24.6      (6.9)     nm




1 For 2013 as per 31 December 2013
2 EBITDA adjusted for discontinued operations and non-cash items
3 Includes borrowings and cash of disposal groups

Financial statements and presentation
The associated financial statements and presentation can be found on
Orascom Developments' website www.orascomdh.com under the Investor
Relations section.

Telephone conference today at 2:00 pm CET
A telephone conference for analysts and investors will be held in English
today at 2:00 pm CET. CEO Samih O. Sawiris, CFO Eskandar Tooma and Chief
Hotel Officer Abdelhamid Abouyoussef will present the FY 2014 results and
will be available to answer questions. A registration is not required.

Dial-in details are as follows:
  - Password:   93422558

  - International:   +44 207 192 8000

  - Switzerland Toll Free:  0800 920 016

  - Egypt Toll Free:  0800 000 0798

  - UK Toll Free:   0800 376 7922

  - US Toll Free:   1866 966 1396

A replay of the conference call will be available for one week with the
following dial in details:
  - Access Code:   93422558

  - International Replay #:  +44 1452 550 000

  - UK Local Call Replay #:  08717 000 145

  - USA Toll Free Replay#:  1866 247 42 22

About Orascom Development Holding AG
Orascom Development is a leading developer of fully integrated destinations
that include hotels, private villas and apartments, leisure facilities such
as golf courses, marinas and supporting infrastructure. Orascom
Development's diversified portfolio of destinations is spread over eight
jurisdictions (Egypt, UAE, Jordan, Oman, Switzerland, Morocco, Montenegro
and United Kingdom), with a primary focus on touristic destinations. The
Group currently operates seven destinations; three in Egypt El Gouna, Taba
Heights and Makadi, The Cove in United Arab Emirates, Jebel Sifah and
Salalah Beach in Oman and Andermatt in Switzerland. Orascom Development has
a dual listing, with a primary listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange and a
secondary listing on the EGX Egyptian Exchange.


Contact for Investors:
Sara El Gawahergy
Director of Investor Relations
Tel: +20 224 61 89 61
Tel: +41 418 74 17 11
Email: ir@orascomdh.com

Contact Media Relations
media@orascomdh.com

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Language:    English
Company:     Orascom Development Holding AG
             Gotthardstraße 12
             6460 Altdorf
             Switzerland
Phone:       +41 41 874 17 17
Fax:         +41 41 874 17 07
E-mail:   ir@orascomdh.com
Internet: www.orascomdh.com
ISIN:        CH0038285679
Valor:       A0NJ37
Listed:      Foreign Exchange(s) SIX


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