Dubai's Emaar sees Q3 net profit drop 34 percent

Fall in property sales partly offset by revenues in retail, leisure business
Dubai's Emaar sees Q3 net profit drop 34 percent
Emaar Properties is the developer behind the worlds tallest tower
By Staff writer
Thu 27 Oct 2011 02:59 PM

Dubai's Emaar Properties, builder of the world's tallest tower, reported 34 percent drop in third-quarter net profit as the Gulf emirate's property sector suffers, but the developer's retail and leisure business boosted revenues.

The United Arab Emirates' largest developer by market value made a profit of AED406m ($110.5m), compared with AED612.3m during the same period last year, it said in a statement on Dubai's bourse website.

The developer, whose profits have dropped for the last five quarters, said it made a revenue of AED1.86bn in the third quarter.

Recurring revenues from the hospitality and shopping malls businesses of Emaar accounted for nearly 41 percent of total revenue in the first nine months of the year, Emaar said in the statement.

"This [earnings] goes to show that Emaar's hotel and malls portfolio is the main value driver," said Ahmed Badr, head of MENA real estate and construction research at Credit Suisse.

Emaar said that it handed a total of 201 residential and commercial units in the third quarter and 712 units in the first nine months of the year.

The Dubai-based firm said in its last quarterly earnings that its income from apartment sales fell by 85 percent.

The developer appointed a core management team in the second quarter for a strategic review of its global operations, sources revealed.

It is using four of its shopping malls as collateral for a $800m two-tranche loan, sources said.

Shares of Emaar ended 4.8 percent higher on the Dubai bourse before the results were announced.

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