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Dubai’s Aramex Q2 Net Profit Up 12% y-o-y, In-Line With Estimates

Dubai’s Aramex Q2 Net Profit Up 12% y-o-y, In-Line With Estimates

Aramex posted a second-quarter net profit of Dhs80.8 million compared with Dhs72.3 million in the corresponding period of 2013.

Dubai logistics firm Aramex reported a 12 per cent rise in second-quarter net profit on Thursday, in-line with analyst estimates, helped by growing revenue in its core Gulf market.

Aramex posted a second-quarter net profit of Dhs80.8 million ($22 million) compared with Dhs72.3 million in the corresponding period of 2013, according to a bourse filing.

The result was in line with forecasts; analysts polled by Reuters had estimated on average profit in the quarter of Dhs80.2 million.

Aramex, a favourite of regional fund managers, said revenue for the quarter rose to Dhs917 million, up nine per cent from the prior-year period, as strong earnings in the Gulf were complemented by improved performance in Europe, Asia and Africa.

The increase in profit came despite the firm booking a one-off cost of Dhs5.6 million in relation to its acquisition of Australian Mail Call, which it bought for A$33 million ($31.2 million) in June to boost its Asian e-commerce business.

Chief Executive Hussein Hachem said the firm would continue to look for more opportunities to invest in companies with synergies for its network, in line with previously-stated expansion plans.

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