2016 has been an excellent year both domestically and internationally, for all Arison Investments companies.
Bank Hapoalim's resilience and leadership in the Israeli banking sector is reflected in its financial statements. In the first quarter of 2017, the bank reported return on equity of 9.2% and common equity Tier 1 ratio of 11.2%, higher than the target set by the Israeli regulator. In recent years, Bank Hapoalim has led the Israeli banking sector in its profitability, and in the past seven years delivered an average ROE of 9.7%.
Infrastructure and real estate global group Shikun & Binui reached $998 million in market cap (6/2017), with net profit of up to $136 million (2016), net income of $1.5 billion (2016), and backlog of $4.4 billion (3/2017), generating strong shareholder return with $478 million cumulative cash dividend (since 7/2009). Share price growth in the past five years (6/2012-6/2017) amounted to 98% (not including dividends).
Miya urban water efficiency solutions (private company wholly owned by Arison Investments), won a mega 10-year project estimated at $90 million in the Bahamas, leading to savings of 20 million liters (4.4 million gallons) of potable water daily within five years. The signing ceremony was held in the presence of the Bahamas Prime Minister. Miya’s established project in Manila saves 768 million liters (200 million gallons) of potable water daily, reducing NRW half (from 64% in 2008 to 39% in 2013) and brouging fresh water to some 2.6 million residents for the first time. Miya is currently bidding for projects in Brazil, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and more.
In the salt industry, Salt of the Earth (private company wholly owned by Arison Investments) continued to lead the Israeli market in salt production, and also holds 1.3% of Bank Hapoalim's shares.