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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Selangor Properties 3Q net profit up 182% to RM33.3m

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Properties Bhd posted net profit of RM33.3 million for the third quarter ended July 31, up 182% from RM11.8 million a year ago, boosted by foreign exchange gains and higher profits from property development.

It said on Sept 25 revenue rose 36.5% to RM70.55 million from RM51.68 million. Earnings per share were 9.69 sen versus 3.44 sen.

Selangor Properties said pre-tax profit was RM41.94 million compared with RM13.1 million a year ago.

"The higher profit achieved for the current quarter was mainly due to foreign exchange gain of RM18 million as a result of the strengthening of the Australian Dollar and higher profit from property development," it said.

In the second quarter ended April 30 it posted a pre-tax loss of RM31 million due to the provision of impairment loss on its offshore investment in real estate funds.

However, for the nine-months, it was still in the red with net losses of RM3.54 million compared with RM85.65 million in earnings in the previous corresponding period. Revenue was RM166.58 million versus RM146.71 million.

On the outlook, Selangor Properties said the current global economic meltdown had resulted in provision for impairment loss on its offshore investment in real estate funds.

"Accordingly the group expects this current situation would affect the financial performance for the current financial year. However the group will remain cautious and will continue to strive to preserve the shareholders value," it said.

By Business Times (by Joseph Chin)

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