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Aldar Cuts 24% of Workforce as Abu Dhabi Firm Restructures

November 01, 2011

(Updates with comment in second paragraph.)

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Aldar Properties PJSC, an Abu Dhabi developer, said it will reduce its workforce by 24 percent as it restructures.

“Aldar’s new strategic plan takes into account the existing market environment,” the company said in a statement posted on the Abu Dhabi bourse today. It will “selectively target new developments where there is demonstrable demand, and increase Aldar’s large-scale fee-based development activities.”

The company will shed 105 jobs and “continue to concentrate on its core Abu Dhabi market,” according to the statement.

Aldar, which is building thousands of homes and offices across the United Arab Emirates’ capital, agreed in January to sell assets including a Ferrari theme park and convertible bonds to the Abu Dhabi government for 19.2 billion dirhams ($5.23 billion) to pay creditors. Property values and rents slumped in the U.A.E. after banks curtailed lending and speculators left the market during the global recession.

The developer appointed Greg Fewer as chief financial officer this month, replacing Shafqat Ali Malik, who resigned.

Aldar reported a profit of 127.3 million dirhams in the second quarter after a loss of 475.3 million dirhams a year earlier. The shares have dropped 53 percent this year, compared with an 8 percent decline in the benchmark ADX General Index.

--Editors: Chris Peterson, Alan Purkiss

To contact the reporter on this story: Ayesha Daya in Dubai at adaya1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net


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