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Friday, May 30, 2008

UEM Builders posts RM29m Q1 net profit

UEM Builders Bhd reported RM29.2 million net profit on RM595.8 million revenue in the first quarter ended March 31 2008, compared with RM17 million net profit and RM714.6 million revenue in the same period last year.

The firm said the lower revenue was mainly due to completion of major domestic construction projects in 2007 such as the Rawang-Ipoh electrified double track project and PLUS third lane widening project (Seremban-Ayer Keroh), while other new projects are in the start-up phase and have yet to generate revenue.

"We are happy with the results and will strive to achieve our targets despite a challenging business environment where significant cost escalation in material prices has become the norm," managing director Datuk Ridza Abdoh Salleh said in a statement.

He said the company is implementing various measures to counter the impact of price volatility in construction materials and fuel, including the inclusion of negotiated price escalation clauses in the construction contracts.

"Moving forward, the group is positive that the Penang second bridge project will be implemented as planned," he said, adding that progress of works on the project has been significant and the company has incurred more than RM200 million to-date.

By New Straits Times

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