Swvl Records $3.1m Net Profit, 13% Net Margin, and an Eightfold Growth in Gross Profit

April 30, 2024 at 6:00 AM EDT

8x Gross Profit growth year on year to $4.1 million

Achieved cash flow positivity, with self-funded growth

Profitable growth drove earnings per share from continuing operations to $0.61

Strong balance sheet with no debt and more than doubled the positive equity value compared to 2022

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 30, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swvl Holdings Corp (“Swvl” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SWVL), a technology provider for enterprise and government mobility solutions with a global footprint, announces a significant achievement in its financial performance for the fiscal year 2023. The Company has successfully delivered positive net profit and cashflow for the full year.

Continuing the positive momentum established in the initial half of the fiscal year, Swvl completed the path to profitability program initiated in 2022. The Company is committed to boosting profitability further while concurrently resuming strategic expansions into high-revenue markets.

Financial Highlights for Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2023:

  • Net Profit: $3.1 million, a turnaround from a net loss of $123.6 million in 2022
  • Gross Profit: Increased more than eightfold to $4.1 million from $0.5 million in 2022
  • Operating Profit: $12.1 million, compared to an operating loss of $80.2 million in 2022
  • Earnings Per Share: Profitable growth boosted basic earnings per share from continuing operations to $0.61
  • Balance Sheet Strength: Ended the year with a strong balance sheet, no debt, and an equity value more than double that of the prior year, at $5.9 million
  • Equity Book Value: Total equity book value of $5.9 million as of December 31, 2023, compared to $2.6 million as of December 31, 2022

This result marks Swvl’s swift transition to profitability, highlighting a focus on financial stability and operational efficiency, and the effective implementation of profitability strategies during the fiscal year. The Company’s continuous efforts to maintain positive cash flow and profitability support its upcoming planned expansion into high-revenue markets.

Mostafa Kandil, CEO of Swvl, stated, “In 2023, our team demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication, achieving profitability. As we advance, our commitment to innovation will be marked by the launch of a wide range of products slated for the upcoming year and for our new potential markets. Additionally, in the meantime, we are expanding our strategic partnerships into more Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Our focus today remains towards improving profitability while resuming our high paced growth.”

Post December 31, 2023, Swvl continued to make strides to further solidify its financial position, focusing on increasing margins and maintaining efficient operations. Swvl remains focused on sustaining this positive momentum, further strengthening its financial position, and continuing to deliver enhanced value to its shareholders and stakeholders in the future of the mobility landscape.

For detailed financial information, please see Appendix A for the consolidated financial statements. This press release, along with complete financial statements and the investor presentation, can be found in the Investor Relations section of Swvl’s website at https://www.swvl.com

About Swvl

Swvl is a global technology provider for enterprise and government mobility solutions. The company’s platform provides alternatives to public transportation for individuals who cannot access or afford private options. Every day, Swvl’s parallel mass transit systems empower individuals to go where they want, when they want – making mobility safer, more efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly. Customers can book their rides on an easy-to-use proprietary app with varied payment options and access to high-quality private buses and vans.

For additional information about Swvl, please visit www.Swvl.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements'' relating to future events. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding future events and other statements that are not historical facts. For example, Swvl is using forward looking statements when it discusses its commitment to boosting profitability further while concurrently resuming strategic expansions into high-revenue markets, its intention to launch of a wide range of products slated for the upcoming year, its intention to expand strategic partnerships into more GCC countries, and that its focus remains towards improving profitability while resuming its high paced growth. These statements are based on the current expectations of Swvl’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on, by any investor as a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of Swvl. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Swvl’s business, and actual results may differ materially. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Swvl’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Swvl anticipates that subsequent events and developments could cause Swvl’s assessments and projections to change. However, while Swvl may elect to update these forward-looking statements in the future, Swvl specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Swvl’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon any forward-looking statements. Except as otherwise required by law, Swvl undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. More detailed information about the risks and uncertainties affecting the Company is contained under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which is available on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, and in subsequent SEC filings.

Contact
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Consolidated statement of financial positionAs of 31 December 2023
(All amounts are shown in USD unless otherwise stated)
      
  2023 2022 
ASSETS   
Non-current assets   
Property and equipment 751,693 1,270,838 
Intangible assets 225,776 10,534,278 
Right-of-use assets 484,362 815,646 
Sublease receivables - 553,029 
Deferred tax assets 9,468,808 18,708,988 
  10,930,639 31,882,779 
    
Current assets   
Trade and other receivables 5,327,877 14,815,432 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,142,194 3,298,377 
Sublease receivables 571,022 648,523 
Cash and cash equivalents 2,922,755 1,538,347 
  10,963,848 20,300,679 
Assets classified as held for sale 1,261 5,279,098 
Total assets 21,895,748 57,462,556 
    
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES   
EQUITY   
Share capital 16,979 13,903 
Share premium 347,295,152 343,435,529 
Employee share scheme reserve 507,677 773,666 
Foreign currency translation reserve (11,466,066)(4,347,257)
Reserve of disposal groups classified as held for sale 2,106,737 (492,474)
Accumulated losses (329,506,304)(332,562,780)
Equity attributable to equity holders of the Parent Company 8,954,175 6,820,587 
    
Non-controlling interests (3,039,317)(4,191,394)
Total equity 5,914,858 2,629,193 
    
LIABILITIES   
Non-current liabilities   
Provision for employees’ end of service benefits - 267,751 
Derivative warrant liabilities 106,420 1,317,091 
Deferred purchase price - 194,093 
Accounts payable, accruals and other payables 83,961 - 
Lease liabilities 1,021,716 1,592,111 
  1,212,097 3,371,046 
    
Current liabilities   
Deferred purchase price 1,207,682 7,425,488 
Accounts payable, accruals and other payables 7,829,837 33,418,502 
Current tax liabilities 627,068 1,027,404 
Due to related party 131,523 - 
Lease liabilities 640,695 751,015 
  10,436,805 42,622,409 
Liabilities directly associated with assets classified as held for sale 4,331,988 8,839,908 
Total liabilities 15,980,890 54,833,363 
Total equity and liabilities  21,895,748 57,462,556 


Consolidated statement of comprehensive loss - For the year ended 31 December 2023
(All amounts are shown in USD unless otherwise stated)
 
  2023 2022 2021 
Continuing operations    
Revenue 22,852,263 44,099,610 25,563,945 
Cost of sales (18,741,277)(43,581,963)(31,349,979)
Gross income/(loss) 4,110,986 517,647 (5,786,034)
     
General and administrative expenses (10,226,561)(62,918,437)(69,029,507)
Selling and marketing expenses (93,431)(17,520,448)(12,190,989)
Provision for expected credit losses (535,340)(873,442)(1,101,614)
Other income/(expenses), net 18,834,177 548,823 (807)
Operating profit / (loss) 12,089,831 (80,245,857)(88,108,951)
     
Finance income 97,553 209,434 126,449 
Loss on disposal of subsidiaries (8,285,250)- - 
Change in fair value of financial liabilities 1,210,671 109,720,648 (44,330,400)
Change in fair value of deferred purchase price 727,134 31,844,346 - 
Change in fair value of employee share compensation schemes (1,636,738)36,155,857 - 
Recapitalization cost - (139,609,424)- 
Impairment of financial assets - (10,000,880)- 
Impairment of assets - (46,381,441)- 
Finance cost (129,355)(3,666,643)(1,494,693)
Profit / (loss) before tax from continuing operations  4,073,846 (101,973,960)(133,807,595)
     
Income tax benefit 41,305 3,225,251 4,718,036 
     
Profit / (loss) for the year from continuing operations 4,115,151 (98,748,709)(129,089,559)
     
Discontinued operations    
Loss for the year from discontinued operations (1,058,675)(24,830,739)(12,399,838)
Profit / (loss) for the year 3,056,476 (123,579,448)(141,489,397)
     
Attributable to:    
Equity holders of the Parent Company 3,056,476 (116,496,525)(141,416,132)
Non-controlling interests - (7,082,923)(73,265)
  3,056,476 (123,579,448)(141,489,397)
     
Profit / (loss) per share attributable to equity holders of the Parent Company    
Basic 0.45 (18.28)(20.92)
Diluted 0.28 (18.28)(20.92)
     
Profit / (loss) per share attributable to equity holders of the Parent Company for continuing operations     
Basic 0.61 (14.61)(19.10)
Diluted 0.37 (14.61)(19.10)
     
Other comprehensive income    
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:    
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations, net of tax (5,299,295)(5,290,594)(409,511)
Total comprehensive loss for the year (2,242,819)(128,870,042)(141,898,908)
     
Attributable to:    
Equity holders of the Parent Company (2,242,819)(121,787,119)(141,825,643)
Non-controlling interests - (7,082,923)(73,265)
  (2,242,819)(128,870,042)(141,898,908)


        

Consolidated statement of cash flows - For the year ended 31 December 2023
(All amounts are shown in USD unless otherwise stated)
 
 2023 2022 2021 
    
Profit / (loss) before tax from continued operations4,073,846 (101,973,960)(133,807,595)
Loss before tax from discontinued operations(1,058,675)(24,830,739)(12,399,838)
Profit / (loss) for the year before tax3,015,171 (126,804,699)(146,207,433)
    
Adjustments to reconcile profit before tax to net cash flows:   
Depreciation of property and equipment356,288 604,304 182,402 
Depreciation of right-of-use assets364,116 1,216,495 541,218 
Amortization of intangible assets32,375 2,455,243 15,963 
Provision for expected credit losses535,340 873,442 1,327,104 
Loss from sale of subsidiaries8,285,250 - - 
Other income(18,834,177)- - 
Gain on recognition of sublease receivable- (87,026)- 
Sublease income(37,706)(8,340)- 
Provision for employees’ end of service benefits, net of reversals- (171,447)704,614 
Finance cost12,192 3,466,593 1,400,067 
Listing costs- 139,609,424 - 
Change in fair value of deferred purchase price(727,134)(31,844,346)- 
Change in fair value of financial liabilities(1,210,671)(109,720,648)44,330,400 
Impairment of assets- 46,381,441 - 
Impairment of financial assets- 10,000,880 - 
Employee share-based payments charges / (reversals)285,651 (36,155,857)33,611,231 
 (7,923,305)(100,184,541)(64,094,434)
Changes in working capital:   
Trade and other receivables3,917,812 (11,489,377)(4,825,451)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets995,660 (2,584,987)(868,620)
Accounts payable, accruals and other payables(6,471,125)(3,571,712)8,259,002 
Current tax liabilities244,206 793,105 (635,821)
Due to related parties131,523 - 36,091 
 (9,105,229)(117,037,512)(62,129,233)
Payment of employees’ end of service benefits- (635,314)(5,507)
Net cash flows used in operating activities(9,105,229)(117,672,826)(62,134,740)
    
Cash flows from an investing activity   
Purchase of property and equipment(17,237)(817,586)(319,471)
Proceeds from disposal of subsidiaries8,400,000 - - 
Purchase of financial assets- - (10,000,880)
Payment for acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired- (743,292)(823,446)
Sublease rentals received668,236 138,410 - 
Purchase of financial assets- (5,000,010)- 
Purchase of intangible assets(258,151)(1,666,934)(2,222)
Net cash flows generated from / (used in) investing activities8,792,848 (8,089,412)(11,146,019)
    
Cash flows from financing activities   
Proceeds from issuance of share capital789,462 60,787,038 - 
Proceeds from issuance of convertible notes- 26,336,000 73,206,415 
Proceed from PIPE subscription- 39,664,000 - 
Payments of external loan- (134,830)- 
Repayment of loan from related party- (195,270)- 
Finance cost paid- (543,432)(2,653)
Finance lease liabilities paid, net of accretion(445,571)(850,773)(482,389)
Net cash flows generated from financing activities 343,891 125,062,733 72,721,373 
    
Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents31,510 (699,505)(559,386)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year2,696,276 9,529,723 10,348,732 
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents196,230 (6,133,942)(259,623)
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year 2,924,016  2,696,276 9,529,723 
Non-cash financing and investing activities:   
Settlement of deferred purchase price5,377,829 - - 
Issuance of shares during the year3,073,237 3,432,493 - 
Fair value of shares earnouts- (75,550,455)- 
Acquisitions of non-controlling interests- (3,036,641)- 
Costs attributable to the issuance of shares- 8,467,766 - 
Conversion of convertible notes- 145,952,505 - 
Property and equipment additions through acquisition of business- (586,452)- 
Intangible assets additions through acquisition of business- (20,580,000)-