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February 2020

GWC launch Self Storage solution

February 2020

GWC and Vault Couture Held Joint Event Showcasing Storage Management Solutions for High Value Items and Luxury Fashion

GWC, the leading logistics provider in the State of Qatar, and British Company Vault Couture held a high tea event in the Ritz-Carlton Doha Hotel. During the event, the companies showcased storage management solutions for high value items and luxury fashion. The high tea event was attended by the Director and members of the Qatari Businesswomen Association (QBWA) chaired by Mrs Aisha Al-Fardan, members of the Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA), Director of Trade and Investment from British Embassy, GWC and Vault Couture Officials, among other dignitaries.

“We will continue to bring best-in-class solutions to the Qatari market such as Vault Couture’s one of a kind Class-A services that satisfies an important niche in the market,” stated GWC Group CEO Mr. Ranjeev Menon. “This addition enforces our path of delivering our purpose and remaining the provider of choice for all logistics services and supply chain solutions across all market segments while ensuring the best results to our shareholders”, he added.

Vault Couture, as seen in Forbes, Vogue, and Harper Bazaar, specializes in wardrobe management and storage in London, providing a game changing digital platform that enables their clients to digitally access their wardrobe and manage it seamlessly from anywhere in the world. This association with GWC is a natural extension of the company’s vast logistics infrastructure offering general and niche supply chain services, including solutions for clients in retail, fashion, and fine art. In addition to the state-of-the-art technologies and procedures that provided by Hamad International Airport, that developed as a popular gateway for world travelers, executives, and business tradeshows from various industries, including high value goods, it became feasible to store and manage these high value items as they move throughout the world, while the new digital platform will create ease of access and offer a wide range of services including personalized services, virtual wardrobe, luggage-less travel and same day delivery.

“This association with GWC provides us access to a wider market including the greatest advantage of their logistics capability that is unrivalled in the region,” stated Vault Couture Founder, Mounissa Chodieva.

This initiative is a further example of the strong bilateral trade relationship between the UK and Qatar. Director of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Qatar, Jinoos Shariati, stated: “We are delighted to see another strong initiative between British and Qatari businesses where UK innovation enables efficiency and productivity within a global supply chain.”

GWC concluded 2019 with a 9% increase in net profit to QAR 249.1 million with gross revenues reaching QAR 1.2 billion at the end of 2019 while EPS increased to QAR 0.43 at the end of the same period. GWC crowned 2019 by participated in one of the world’s biggest sporting events as the first National Supporter and Official Logistics Provider of the FIFA Club World Cup™ held in Qatar in December 2019.

February 2020

GWC holds its Annual General Meeting

GWC AGM approves cash dividend QAR 0.20 per share

GWC, the leading logistics provider in Qatar, held its Annual General Meeting on 3 February 2020 and approved the Group’s Financial Results for the year ended 31 December 2019. The meeting was held in the Kempinski Marsa Malaz Hotel, and chaired by GWC Chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Fahad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani. The AGM was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GWC’s external auditors E&Y, the company’s shareholders, and media representatives.

The AGM ratified all items on its Agenda including the proposal by The Board of Directors to distribute a cash dividend of 20% the nominal share value (QAR 0.20 per share). The dividends will be distributed through designated branches of Masraf Al Rayan.

Furthermore, the AGM heard a thorough review of the company’s compliance with the Corporate Governance Code observed in the State of Qatar. E&Y were re-appointed as the external auditors. The AGM also cleared the company’s board members of any possible liability, setting the proper remuneration for the board.

GWC Chairman Sheikh Abdulla bin Fahad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani stated: “GWC’s achievements in the last years reflect the success of the company’s long-term strategies and its support of the Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to develop a varied and sustainable national economy, and thereby ensure the best possible returns for our shareholders, God willing.”

The AGM gathered following a year of achievement for the company, which signed an agreement with Manateq to develop the Al Wukair Logistics Park and manage it for 30 years. GWC also officially launched its consultancy services to help clients develop their operations and improve their implemented solutions.

The company continued to support the Oil and Gas sector through providing specialized services such as performing heavy lifts and developing bespoke logistics bases as per customer requirements. Additionally, GWC excelled in its performance of sports and events logistics during 2019, as it was named the official logistics provider for two of the biggest sports events regionally and internationally, the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup Qatar 2019 and the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ respectively.

“We’re ensuring that we remain pivotal to our client’s success stories by continuing as their provider of choice, and to guarantee a customer experience like no other, all of which are complemented by our various programs offering investment and logistics supports for our SME clients, as well as an asset-rich environment that enable all our customers swift and all-encompassing business support.” Stated Mr. Ranjeev Menon, GWC Group CEO.

The company concluded 2019 with a 9% increase in net profit to QAR 249.1 million, as compared with QAR 227.6 million in the end of 2018. Gross revenues of the company reached QAR 1.2 billion at the end of 2019, while EPS increased to QAR 0.43 at the end of 2019, in comparison with QAR 0.39 at the end of 2018.

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