GFH 'on track for long-term growth'

Gulf Finance House (GFH) is now well on its way to long-term profitable growth, Esam Yousif Janahi said after he stepped down as chairman of the Islamic investment bank last week. The exit was a well-planned move and follows the achievement of key objectives of the restructuring exercise, he explained. The bank's liabilities have been brought down substantially from $2.6 billion in 2009. The capital adequacy ratio is now over 20 per cent as against single-digit levels in 2009, at the height of the crisis. Mr Janahi said he continues to remain a major shareholder. On future plans, he said he would focus on managing personal investments and strategic partnerships with partners.