Saudi Arabia’s Savola makes third-quarter loss on lower sales

Savola and other consumer goods companies in Saudi Arabia are suffering from the effects of subsidy cuts



Savola Group, Saudi Arabia’s largest food products company, reported a third-quarter loss of SAR50.7m ($13.5m), its third loss in the last four quarters, due to lower sales and higher financing costs.

Analysts at EFG Hermes and NCB Capital had forecast the company would make a profit of SAR211.9m and SAR196.0m, respectively.

The company made a profit of SAR829m in the third quarter of last year.

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Savola and other consumer goods companies in Saudi Arabia are suffering from the effects of subsidy cuts, the introduction of VAT and an exodus of expatriates which have all put pressure on consumer spending.

Savola blamed the loss on lower sales and margins, a lower share of profits from associates and higher net finance costs mainly due to currency exchange losses.

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