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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mah Sing Q2 net profit falls 38pc year-on-year

Property developer Mah Sing Group Bhd posted a 38 per cent drop in its fiscal second-quarter net profit from a year ago, as last year's gain was boosted by a large property sale.

Its net profit was RM23 million in the quarter to June 30 2009, which is a slight improvement compared to first-quarter net profit of RM22.6 million.

"The group believes the property market is gaining momentum for a likely up cycle in the second half of 2010," Mah Sing said in a statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

The company's revenue for the second quarter was RM167.2 million, down from RM195.4 million a year ago.
Sales for the period were driven by residential property projects like Kemuning Residence, Hijauan Residence and Aman Perdana in the Klang Valley, and Sierra Perdana and Austin Perdana in Johor Baru.

For the first six months, Mah Sing made a net profit of RM45.7 million against RM59.6 million in the same period a year earlier.

Revenue was down 5.5 per cent to RM317.5 million.

However, the company has made sales of RM543 million in the first seven-and-a half months this year, which is more than its full-year target. This was mainly due to the sale of a building in its Southgate project in Kuala Lumpur for RM226 million.

It has also yet to book RM818 million of sales of residential and commercial properties as at June 30 this year.

"The strong take-up for our projects is evidence that the property market is resilient, and niche products with good branding coupled with the right concepts and designs in prime locations will continue to do well," group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum said in a separate press release.

By Business Times

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