Orascom Development Holding AG

EQS-Adhoc: Orascom Development Holding AG: 1Q 2015: Another profitable quarter for Orascom Development with a positive cash flow from operations and a stronger balance sheet.

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Quarter Results/Quarter Results
Orascom Development Holding AG: 1Q 2015: Another profitable quarter
for Orascom Development with a positive cash flow from operations and
a stronger balance sheet.

21.05.2015 / 07:00
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

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Press Release

1Q 2015: Another profitable quarter for Orascom Development with a positive
cash flow from operations and a stronger balance sheet.

In the first quarter of 2015, Orascom Development generated positive
operational results with a 7.2% increase in revenue, CHF 74.8 million (1Q
2014: CHF 69.8 million). The positive operational performance was
contributed by most business segments, solidifying the Group's message of
being back on track. Gross profit margin increased to 34%, (1Q 2014: 19%)
with a value of CHF 25.6 million (1Q 2014: CHF 13.1 million), adjusted
EBITDA was CHF 23.2 million (1Q 2014: CHF 9 million) and net cash from
operations was positive for the first time since 2010.  Net debt decreased
by 16.8% to reach CHF 358.5 million (1Q 2014: CHF 431 million) and the
Group recorded a net profit of CHF 3.4 million attributable to shareholders
of the parent company.

Altdorf/Cairo, 21 May 2015 - Orascom Development Holding AG's (Orascom
Development) revenues increased by 7.2% to CHF 74.8 million (1Q 2014: CHF
69.8 million), on the back of enhanced hotels operations, with the first
contribution of Rotana hotel in Salalah beach, Oman & the increased land
revenues resulting from the recognition of the second land parcel from the
earlier signed 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 Adjusted
EBITDA for the period was CHF 23.2 million (1Q 2014: CHF 9.0 million)

Hotels revenue witnessed a 25% increase in revenues reaching CHF 29.6
million (1Q 2014: CHF 23.6 million), despite the ongoing travel bans on
Taba.

The strict application of the cost-efficiency measures, the reviewed
management deals, along with efforts exerted in signing new tour operator
commitments , afforded a 25% boost in the top line performance of the
segment to reach CHF 29.6 million in the first quarter of the year (1Q
2014: CHF 23.6 million). The tour operating deal that was signed with
Alpine tour (Italian tour operator) in 4Q 2014 for our Rotana hotel in
Salalah beach, helped boost revenues of the hotel witnessing revenues of
CHF 4.5 million in1Q 2015.  Taba Heights continued to operate at 75% of its
capacity and is still suffering from the European Countries' travel bans on
the region, ultimately affecting the total segment's profitability margins.

Occupancy rates for the 1Q 2015 reached 47% compared to 44% in 1Q 2014, the
ARR increased by 10% to reach CHF 56 (1Q 2014: CHF 50) and the TRevPAR
(Total Revenues per Available Room) increased by 15% to CHF 46 compared to
CHF 40 over the same period.

It is worth noting that the hotel's segment witnessed total savings fee of
CHF 2.5 million resulting from the renegotiation of the different
management contracts, since the incorporation of OHM. We were also able to
finalize new commitment deals with tour operators for a value of CHF 7.0
million, covering the Russian and Dutch markets for our hotels in Makadi
and the Serbian market for our hotels in El Gouna. By the end of the
period, the Group operated a total of 7,896 hotel rooms compared to 6,696
rooms in 1Q 2014.

Real Estate sales increased by 15% over the same period last year to reach
CHF 18.9 million (1Q 2014: CHF 16.4 million)

Real Estate operations continued to uphold its positive momentum in terms
of sales and development. Whereas in Egypt, after the successful sale of
Joubal project in El Gouna that was launched in October 2014, Orascom
Hotels and Development (OHD) launched Joubal Lagoons in March 2015 and
already sold 77% of the project to date. Contracted value of units sold in
El Gouna witnessed 62% to reach CHF 12.9 mn in 1Q 2015 compared to CHF 8.0
million in 1Q 014.

OHD also adapted a number of new sales-mechanisms to boost its unit sales
and enhance its cash flow position. Some of which include the introduction
of new attractive promotion packages with extended payment terms, signing
with sale-referrals and brokerage agreements and creating a re-sale and
rental department for the clients.

Oman also witnessed a positive pick up in terms sales, whereas contracted
units in Salalah has increased to reach a value of CHF 0.9 in 1Q 2015
compared to CHF 0.1 million in 1Q 2014.

Real Estate & Construction segment revenue reached CHF 10.7 million vs. CHF
34.3 million in 1Q 2014. We expect to increase unit deliveries during the
second half of the year, boosting the revenue of the segment.

The accelartated of monetization of our land bank continues to boost our
margins

With the newly adopted 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. The Group was able to
recognize the revenues of the second parcel of land under the earlier
agreement that was signed with OHD and an Egyptian investor to sub-develop
a piece of land in El Gouna. Whereby revenues from the land segement
reached CHF 24.0 million (1Q 2014: CHF 0.3 million) with an EBITDA of CHF
22.3 million (1Q 2014: CHF 0.2 million)

The Egyptian subsidiary of the Group is also introducing new concepts to
ensure the efficient use of its land bank. We are now in the process of
signing agreements with external investors that are interested to built
boat-yard workshops and industrial kitchen manufacturing space. In addition
to bringing on some new investors to build a business park in El Gouna.

Subsequent event

Orascom Development and Management (ODM); the Group's wholly owned
subsidiary will activate its earlier agreement with Egyptian  Resorts
Company (ERC) after the company reached clearance from the Tourism
Development Authority (TDA) regarding its land allocation. Under this
agreement,  ODM will begin to market with ERC Phase 1 of  Sawari,
accounting for 1.1 million m2 of land. ODM shall be entitled to a
management and development fee amounting to 15% of the project's earnings
before tax (EBT), and a sales commission within the range of 6-8% from all
sales proceeds, without being liable for any CAPEX obligations. The total
revenues expected from Phase 1 of the project are approximately USD 300
million (CHF 281 million and EGP 2.3 billion)

Outlook for FY 2015

Following through with our deleveraging strategy, we are progressing on
target to reduce the debt by CHF 100 million. Whereby we have paid off all
the interest that was capitalized in 2014 on OHD and we are now holding
advanced negotiations with all the company lenders and are agreeing on the
necessary terms of the new optimum debt re-financing package that would
better match the company's cash flows. We expect to finalize those
discussions during the third quarter of 2015

The positive trend that Egypt has been witnessing since the second half of
2014 continues to uphold reflecting quite strongly on our real estate sales
and hotel's occupancy, especially post the initial materializations of
earlier commitments by the Gulf countries during the Egypt Economic
Development Conference. Real Estate sales indicators in April and May are
already quite promising, whereby OHD is already close to achieving its real
estate sales target of the year of USD 75 million. We are actively
progressing on growing our real estate development operations, In El Gouna,
Egypt, we are in the process of finalizing the re-launch of Fanadir Bay,
studying the design of a new project under the name of Cable Park
Apartments and planning to introduce a new phase for our Ancient Sands
project, all of which are planned for launch during the year.

In Oman, we expect further progress on the first phase of Al Sifah Golf
Villas project & Al Fanar project, and our focus will also remain firmly on
selling our built-up inventory. In Montenegro, we are redesigning some of
the aspects of our first phase Marina Apartments to 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.

Preliminary readings of occupancy's in El Gouna during April 2015 are above
the 70% and have reached the 80% range for our hotels in Makadi. We are
still exerting strong efforts to grab business to Taba Heights through
Aqaba by providing a ferry trip from Aqaaba airport in Jordan from our Tala
Bay destination to Taba.  Signs of recovery of the destination are being
noted with France and Belgium relaxing their travel advice, and we are also
expecting operation from Poland during the summer of 2015. We are also
progressing with the development of Al Fanar Hotel in Salalah Beach, Oman,
and the extension of the Cove Rotana in Ras Al Khaima, UAE. Both properties
are due to open in December 2015

The Group also retaliates its commitment to further cost optimization and
will address specific monetization initiatives, availing enough cash to
support the new targeted revenue levels.



Key figures 1Q 2015



(in CHF million)                               1Q 2015   1Q 2014   Delta

Total revenues                                 74.8      69.8      7.2%

Gross Profit                                   25.6      13.1      95.4%

Gross Profit-Margin (%)                        34%       19%       15.0 ppt

Net income / (loss) attributable to ODH        3.4       5.0       -32.0%
shareholders shareholders

Operating cash flow after interest/taxes       0.4       (7.3)     50.0%

Total assets1                                  1,756.3   1,781.0   -1.4%

Equity ratio (%)1                              48.1%     46.1%     2.1 ppt

Net debt1 & 3                                  358.5     431.0     -16.8%

EBITDA                                         19.9      20.7      -3.9%

Adjusted EBITDA2                               23.2      9.0       157.8%





1 For 2014 as per 31 December 2014
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 1Q 2015 results and
will be available to answer questions. A registration is not required.

Dial-in details are as follows:
  - Password:   93437094

  - 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:   93437094

  - 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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