Dubai home financing company Amlak's 2020 losses widen to Dh437.98m. Revenues inched up slightly as operating conditions remain tough for lenders.
Dubai , Dubai
13 February 2021, 12:00 AM
28 February 2021, 12:00 AM
Dubai mortgage lender Amlak's net losses widened to Dh437.98 million from Dh319.78 million in 2019. Revenues grew marginally during the period to Dh282.75 million from Dh278.57 million.
Amlak, which recorded accumulated losses of Dh1.8 billion as of end June 2020, saw its total assets slip to Dh3.99 billion end of last year from Dh5.3 billion.
Multiple reports have spoken about interest for mortgage-backed sales in the second-half of last year, but the space has become quite competitive with multiple lenders in the fray.
Amlak’s numbers reflect the difficult phase Dubai’s real estate is passing through, as offplan launches shrink and developers rely on post-handover payment plans to bring their inventory down.
The head of a mortgage division at a local bank, “Lenders will have to convince property buyers that they are getting never-before rates of as low as 1.99 per cent.”
However, buyers are also shopping around for post-handover plans direct from developers, and thus avoiding the mortgage transactions and related fees.