Barwa net profit surges 27.3pc
Doha, March 13, 2014
Qatar's Barwa Real Estate said on Thursday that its 2013 net profit rose 27.3 per cent, indicating that the country's largest listed developer made a significant fourth-quarter net profit.
Barwa, which agreed a $7.1 billion financial assistance package with state real estate firm Qatari Diar in June, made QR1.4 billion ($384.5 million) in 2013, up from QR1.1 billion in the prior year, according to a bourse filing.
The firm did not provide a quarterly breakdown.
However, given that the nine-month profit reported in October was 40 per cent lower year-on-year at QR467.5 million, this points to Barwa making a net profit of more than QR900 million in the final three months of the year.
Barwa made a net profit of QR392 million in the final quarter of 2012, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Barwa has struggled in recent times with its debt load, and has offloaded assets and cut staffing costs to cope. Qatari Diar agreed to buy assets worth $7.1 billion in June, which included its stake in unlisted Barwa Bank.
The board of Barwa has recommended a cash dividend of 20 per cent of the capital to be distributed to shareholders for 2013, Thursday's bourse filing added.-Reuters