DUBAI May 10 Shares in Saudi Arabian
construction firm Al Khodari fell 4.3 percent to
percent to 11.00 riyals in the first 10 minutes of trade on
Wednesday after the company reported a first-quarter loss.
Al Khodari, which has ongoing projects with the government,
made a net loss of 17.8 million riyals against a net profit of
2.2 million riyals in same period last year.
Al Khodari attributed the poor results to a 50 percent
decline in revenue, slow progress on ongoing projects, a decline
in new project awards and liquidity challenges in the industry
as a whole.
Of the five analysts covering the stock, two have a "sell"
recommendation and the rest a "strong sell" with an average
target price of 8.72 riyals.
Shares in majority state-owned Saudi Electricity
(SEC) rose 2.8 percent after the company swung to a net profit
of 4.94 billion riyals in the first quarter.
The company attributed the jump to the cancellation of
accounts payable for municipality fees, as a result of a royal
decree issued this year exempting the company from paying them.
The overall Riyadh index was up 0.1 percent.
Elsewhere, Dubai's index lost 0.6 percent, with
amusement park operator DXB Entertainments down 3.9
percent after reporting net losses widening to 287.4 million
dirhams in the first quarter, only its second quarter of
DXB's chief executive said the loss reflected the "normal
trajectory of a business in its early phase of development".
The company said it expected a dip in footfalls in the
coming two quarters.
Abu Dhabi's main index barely moved as large caps
diverged; First Abu Dhabi Bank rose 0.5 percent but
Aldar Properties <ADLR.AD was down by the same amount.
In Qatar, the index edged down 0.1 percent, with
Qatar Water and Electricity falling 1.3 percent.
(Reporting by Celine Aswad; Editing by Kevin Liffey)