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Saudi’s Ma’aden posts 41.9% Q1 profit rise

Saudi’s Ma’aden posts 41.9% Q1 profit rise

Profit was boosted by a rise in sales volumes and aluminium and gold prices

Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden), the Gulf’s largest miner, posted a 41.9 per cent rise in first-quarter net profit on Sunday, beating analysts’ forecasts as sales volumes rose and aluminium and gold prices climbed.

The company made a net profit of SAR275.6m ($73.5m) in the three months to March 31, it said in a bourse statement. This compares with a net profit of SAR194.3m in the corresponding period of 2016.

The average estimate of three analysts polled by Reuters was for a quarterly net profit of SAR167.9m.

It attributed the quarterly profit rise to a 20 per cent rise in sales volumes of all products compared with the same period last year and an 18 per cent increase in the average price of aluminium over the same period, as well as gold by 3 per cent over the same time frame.

Ma’aden, which operates in gold, aluminium and phosphates, is a key pillar in Saudi Arabia’s plan to diversify its economy away from hydrocarbons.

The company said the profit rise was also due to the group’s ongoing cost reductions, which led to a 36 per cent drop in selling, marketing and logistic expenses, and the share profit from the jointly controlled entity, Ma’aden Barrick Copper Company.

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