Handovers push profit rise at Abu Dhabi’s Sorouh

Rental incomes, property completion help to spur 13.4% increase in quarterly profit
Handovers push profit rise at Abu Dhabi’s Sorouh
Most Abu Dhabi developers have focused on delivering projects after the crisis
By Reuters
Mon 31 Oct 2011 10:32 AM

Sorouh Real Estate, Abu Dhabi's second-largest developer by
market value, posted a 13.4 percent rise in third-quarter net profit aided by
higher handovers and increased rental income but the results missed analyst's
forecasts.

Abu Dhabi's second largest developer by market value posted
a net profit of AED67.3m ($18.3m) compared with AED59.3m in the same quarter
last year, it said in a statement on the Abu Dhabi bourse.

Analysts forecast average net profit AED129.6m net profit
for the third quarter.

The developer's third-quarter revenues more than doubled to AED890.4m
compared with AED387.8m in the same period in 2010. That was offset by a surge
in cost of revenue which increased to AED720.4m as against AED196m for the year
earlier period.

"We continue to see pick-up in sales and leasing demand
during the period, partly driven by our innovative lease to own and rent to own
products," Abubaker Seddiq Al Khouri, Soruouh's managing director said in
the statement.

Most Abu Dhabi developers have been focusing on completion
and delivery of existing projects after suffering big losses during the global
financial crisis, which put an end to a six-year construction boom.

Sorouh said earlier this month that it expects projects
awarded by the government to be a core part of its developments in the short
term.

Abu Dhabi's real estate market may see an additional 11,000
homes in the fourth quarter, a report by property consultants Jones Lang
LaSalle said.

Sorouh shares have lost 40 percent of its value so far this
year.

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