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Saudi Advanced Petrochemical revenue up 8pc in Q1

RIYADH, May 13, 2017

Saudi-based Advanced Petrochemical Company (APPC) has reported a eight per cent growth in its revenue for the first quarter to SR526.2 million ($140.2 million) compared to the same period last year despite a shutdown of eight days, said a report.

This was mainly because the product price was up around 20 per cent y-o-y, stated Saudi-based broker Al Rajhi Capital in its review.

However, the company has posted a net profit of SR124.4 million, lower than consensus (SR164 million) and the estimates of (SR159 million), it added.

Reported operating income and bottom-line came below Al Rajhi Capital estimates on account of lower-than-expected equity income from SK Advanced and higher than expected operating expense and operating leverage.

Given upward revision of prior period gross profits, some costs above the gross profit level could have been categorized to below gross level post migration to IFRS, a similar pattern observed with most of the companies in the sector in Q1, stated the Saudi brokerage in its review.

"On the whole, downward revision to prior net profits (these changes being non-cash) and lower than expected net profit in Q1 is unlikely to change our valuation of APPC materially," it added.-TradeArabia News Service

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