Quarterly loss of $76.2m compares to a $37.5m profit in the corresponding period last year
construction firm Arabtec swung to a first-quarter net loss on Wednesday,
missing analysts' estimates, as costs surged.
reported a loss attributable to equity holders in the parent of AED279.82 million ($76.2 million) in the three months to March 31, compared to a AED137.89
million profit in the corresponding period of 2014, it said in a
statement to Dubai's bourse.
were well below estimates from two analysts polled by Reuters. Global
Investment House had forecast Arabtec would make a quarterly profit of AED95
million, while SICO Bahrain had estimated a profit of AED20.2 million.
tumbled as much as 7.1 percent to AED2.37 in morning trading on the Dubai
The company has
seen major management upheavals over the past year, culminating in the election
last week of Abu Dhabi businessman Mohamed Thani Murshed Ghannam Al Rumaithi as
its chairman. He replaced Khadem Abdulla Al Qubaisi, who was not nominated for
renewed board membership.
of Qubaisi followed the resignation of Hasan Ismaik as chief executive last
June after frictions between Ismaik and Arabtec's major shareholder, Aabar
direct costs reached AED1.93 billion during the first quarter, up 28
percent from the corresponding period of last year, the statement showed.
Revenues rose only marginally, by 0.2 percent to AED1.79 billion.
The company has
been negotiating a $36.7 billion scheme to build one million housing units in
Egypt, but has not yet announced the signing of a final contract. It has major
projects in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.