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Dubai Investments Q2 profit dives 32pc

Dubai, July 28, 2010

UAE conglomerate Dubai Investments posted a 32-per cent drop in second quarter net profit on Wednesday, after being hit by a loss on the fair value of its investments.

The firm made a net profit of Dh196.3 million ($53.46 million) for the three months to June 30, it said in a statement.

That was down from Dh287 million a year earlier.

It incurred a Dh49.7 million loss on the fair valuation of its investments during the quarter compared with a Dh53 million gain for the same period in 2009.

Dubai Investments, in which the emirate's sovereign wealth fund Investment Corporation of Dubai has a stake, derives most of its revenues from the UAE and other Gulf Arab countries.

It competes with developer Emaar Properties and Deyaar in Dubai's residential sector and launched its first residential project, Ritaj, in 2006.

The firm plans to further expand in the Gulf region, its chief executive said in June.

It has investments in companies such as Glass LLC, Dubai Investments Industries (DII), Gulf Investments Park (DIP) and DI Real Estate Company (DIRC).

Dubai's once-booming property sector has been hit hard by the global financial crisis as developers slow or cancel projects and jobs are slashed.

Property prices have been under pressure since the onset of the financial crisis and a slump in oil prices which ended a six-year economic boom in the Gulf region.

Shares of the company closed up 0.6 per cent. The results were announced after the close. – Reuters




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