Egyptian Resorts shrinks Q3 net loss

Reuters, Tuesday 15 Nov 2011

Firm selling plots to developers says it has not completed any land sales since 2008, but hopes a Red Sea marina development will reverse the trend

Real estate firm Egyptian Resorts narrowed its losses in the third quarter of 2011 as revenue grew from its utilities business, the firm said on Tuesday.

Egyptian Resorts, which makes most of its money selling land to developers, reported a quarterly net loss of 3.4 million Egyptian pounds (US$568,419), down from a LE6.7 million loss in the same period a year earlier.

The company has not sold any plots since the third quarter of 2008, when the global financial crisis hit appetite for big real estate purchases in Egypt, but it hopes revenue from its Sawari project will reverse the trend.

The firm is working with Orascom Development Holding (ODH) to develop land for Sawari, a mixed-use development that will include a marina on a 2.5 million square-metre plot at Sahl Hasheesh on the Red Sea.

Chief Executive Mohamed Kamel told Reuters in October that the firm planned to launch Sawari in the second quarter of 2012.

The company's net revenue for the first nine months of 2011 jumped to LE24.2 million from LE9.7 million last year.

It reported a net profit of LE1.1 million ($183,977) for the first nine months of 2011, reversing a net loss of LE6.7 million in the first nine months of 2010.

Revenues from its service operations or utilities, such as water and waste management, boosted profits. Utility service sales more than doubled from a year earlier to LE12 million, the firm said.

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