Dar Global — 2023 revenue and profit surprise

Dar Global (LSE: DAR)

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Research: Real Estate

Dar Global — 2023 revenue and profit surprise

Dar Global’s FY23 trading update points to materially better revenue and profit expectations than previously anticipated due to a range of positive factors. This is a bright end to the company’s first year as a listed entity and points to a positive outlook for 2024 and beyond. Dar Global is in the early stages of delivering over 5,700 residences in the Middle East and Europe and retains an ambition to expand the portfolio beyond the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to develop a hospitality portfolio. We anticipate that Dar Global will generate a return on equity in the high teens and we value the company on a multiple of shareholders’ funds basis at c US$930m (US$5.17/share), implying c 40% upside.

Andy Murphy

Written by

Andy Murphy

Director, Financials & Industrials

Real Estate

Dar Global

2023 revenue and profit surprise

FY23 trading update

Construction and materials

26 January 2024

Price

US$3.7

Market cap

US$662m

Net cash (US$m) 30 June 2023

112.0

Shares in issue

180.0

Free float

12%

Code

DAR

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

Dar Global is a highly differentiated international real estate business. It focuses predominantly on developing real estate projects comprising second homes for internationally mobile customers, in some of the most desirable locations across the Middle East and Europe, including downtown Dubai, Muscat in Oman and the Costa del Sol region in Southern Spain.

Analysts

Andy Murphy

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Natalya Davies

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Dar Global is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Dar Global’s FY23 trading update points to materially better revenue and profit expectations than previously anticipated due to a range of positive factors. This is a bright end to the company’s first year as a listed entity and points to a positive outlook for 2024 and beyond. Dar Global is in the early stages of delivering over 5,700 residences in the Middle East and Europe and retains an ambition to expand the portfolio beyond the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to develop a hospitality portfolio. We anticipate that Dar Global will generate a return on equity in the high teens and we value the company on a multiple of shareholders’ funds basis at c US$930m (US$5.17/share), implying c 40% upside.

Year end

Revenue (US$m)

PBT*

(US$m)

EPS*
(c)

DPS
(c)

P/E
(x)

P/NAV
(x)

12/22

80.0

28.9

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

12/23e

268.8

61.3

0.3

0.0

11.4

1.5

12/24e

309.4

85.3

0.4

0.0

8.5

1.3

12/25e

391.6

109.8

0.6

0.0

6.3

1.1

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Dar Global’s FY23 trading update highlights some very positive trends that have led to full-year revenue and EBITDA expectations being materially ahead of the existing market consensus.

Notably, in the second half of 2023, there were a number of positive trends that benefited the company. These included buoyant buyer demand, positive customer collections (contracted stage payments for properties bought) and progress in construction, all of which made a helpful contribution to revenue recognition.

Dar Global has been particularly active on sites in the United Arab Emirates where it is very close to completing its first project, Urban Oasis Tower. Given the imminent completion of the project, the conservative accounting treatment of revenue on this initial project has been brought in line with the rest of the portfolio, which has meant that a greater proportion of revenue has been recognised in 2023, earlier than previously anticipated.

The net result of positive trading and construction, and conservative accounting policies and market estimates, has led to FY23 revenue expectations in the range of $340m to $360m and EBITDA in the range of $80m to $85m, versus a consensus revenue of $250m, and EBITDA of $62m. Our estimates are in line with consensus and are likely to be revised around the time of Dar Global’s preliminary results, which are expected to be published in March.

Dar Global’s expansion into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced in November, is, in our view, an attractive and low risk move, entirely in keeping with the company’s ambition to roll out its ‘capital-light’ business model to attractive new locations. For more details, read our update note and our initiation note.

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