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Damas signs deal to recover $337m in payments

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Arab Today, arab today Damas signs deal to recover $337m in payments

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Troubled jewellery firm Damas International said Wednesday it had signed several agreements to recover more than AED337m ($91.8m) in outstanding payments. “We have created a taskforce to focus on financial recoveries for the company,” chief executive officer Anan Fakhreddin said in a statement to Nasdaq Dubai. “This is a positive step in our ongoing restructuring and we are ensuring that we allocate sufficient resources to recover outstanding dues owed to us.” The Dubai-based jewellery retailer, which is owed $167.2m in unauthorised transactions from three members of its founding family, said in May it was confident it would be able to meet its debt obligations. Damas is expected to receive payment from its founding Abdullah brothers, who withdrew $167.2m in cash and gold without shareholder approval, within three years via a cascade agreement. The cascade agreement, which allows for the liquidation of assets belonging to the brothers, would focus mainly on the sale and appreciation of UAE-based real estate. Damas said in March it had reached a final agreement with all 25 of its lenders and completed the restructuring of its $872m debt. In May, Damas announced it had acquired a controlling stake in its joint venture operation Damas Kuwait. The news came weeks after the retailer increased its stake in its Saudi joint venture to 98 percent for an undisclosed sum. The jewellery firm in July posted a net profit of AED53.3 million for the financial year to the end of March, following a loss of AED2bn in the previous financial year.

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