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Saudi’s Sipchem Q1 Net Profit Up 17.3%, Misses Estimates

Saudi’s Sipchem Q1 Net Profit Up 17.3%, Misses Estimates

Sipchem attributed the increase in quarterly profit to higher production and sales and lower expenses.

Saudi International Petrochemical Co (Sipchem) reported a 17.3 per cent increase in first-quarter profit on Monday, missing analysts’ estimates.

Sipchem made a profit of SAR80.6 million ($21.5 million) in the three months to March 31, according to a bourse filing. This compares with a profit of SAR68.7 million in the prior-year period.

Five analysts polled by Reuters on average forecast Sipchem would make a quarterly profit of SAR98.3 million.

Sipchem attributed the increase in quarterly profit to higher production and sales and lower expenses.

It added pressure on earnings from a decline in euro was partly offset by increased efficiency in plant operations, having had a number of plants offline during the opening quarter of 2014 for unplanned maintenance.

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