Gulf Finance House (GFH) on Sunday announced its third quarter financial results for 2012. The Bank has continued to grow its earnings, recording a net profit of $7.5 million for the first nine months of 2012, as compared to a net profit of $4.1 million for the same period in 2011. Specifically, net profit for the third quarter 2012 amounted to $1.8 million with total income of $8.7 million, as compared to $3.4 million and $17.2 million respectively for the third quarter 2011. The total expenses for the third quarter 2012 amounted to $6.9 million as compared to $13.8 million for the same period in 2011. During the first nine months of the year, GFH reduced its total expenses by 26 per cent to $33.8 million, compared to $45.5 million during the same period last year. This decrease in total expenses was mainly attributable to continued efforts to maintain streamlined operations and reduced facilities. It is worth mentioning that GFH has made significant progress on its restructuring plan that aims to improve the Bank’s capital structure, strengthen its balance sheet and raise funds to pursue its growth strategy. Commenting on the Q3 results, Hisham Alrayes, Acting CEO of GFH said: “The Bank is fully committed to maintain the growth and profitability that we have recognised over the past few quarters, and remain at the forefront of the investment sector. After working on our liability restructuring and achieving excellent results, we shifted our focus to reviving our projects and supporting them towards accelerated development and progress. We are also pursuing a number of unique opportunities through our subsidiaries and associations. “We would like to express our thanks to all our shareholders, Board of Directors and our employees for their continued support and trust. We would also like to thank the Central Bank of Bahrain for their invaluable support and strategic guidance,” he concluded. Since its establishment in 1999, Bahrain based Gulf Finance House (GFH) has while distinguished by managing and placing investment in the Middle East and North Africa “MENA” region.