UNB kicks off earnings season

Abu Dhabi lender Union National Bank announced its second-quarter financials. On the face of it things look positive with an increase in net profit of 7.2 per cent relative to the same period last year and that net income from interest and Islamic financing, the core business of a bank, rose 2.6 per cent. However, a quick peek…

Unmasking business shenanigans

I have recently pointed out that one of the warning signs that a business is facing issues is when core revenue, ie revenue from the main business lines, is down but profit is up. Why the combination? Why not simply flag a drop in core revenue? Because it is normal for revenue to fluctuate –…