April 27, 2017 / 5:33 AM / 7 months ago

Kenya's TPS Eastern Africa says swings into profit in 2016

NAIROBI, April 27 (Reuters) - Kenya’s TPS Eastern Africa said on Thursday it had swung into a pretax profit of 325.3 million shillings ($3.15 million) in 2016 from a loss of 211 million shillings the year before, helped by higher revenues and a jump in its core profit.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) jumped 78 percent to 983.64 million shillings, while revenue rose to 6.47 billion shillings from 6.19 billion shillings, the company said in a statement.

It said performance was helped by improved security in Kenya and the rest of East Africa, which helped improve tourist arrivals in the second half of 2016.

TPS, which operates a chain of luxury hotels, lodges and tented camps under its Serena brand, is also present in Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

It said its earnings per share rose to 0.54 shillings from a loss of 1.63 shillings in 2015.

In 2015, Kenya’s economy struggled with a number of challenges including attacks blamed on Somalia’s al Shabaab militants that scared away tourists and eroded foreign exchange earnings in the sector. ($1 = 103.2000 Kenyan shillings) (Reporting by George Obulutsa; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

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