Thursday, 26 April 2012

MAHB 1Q profit up 7% year-on-year

KUALA LUMPUR (April 26) : Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) first quarter net profit rose 7% from a year earlier as revenue growth mitigated the impact of higher operating expenses.

In a statement to the exchange on Thursday, MAHB said net profit came to RM102.73 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2012 against RM96.09 million previously. Revenue grew 6% to RM657.71 million from RM617.77 million.

Revenue growth was, mainly, helped by airport operations income which includes revenue from airport CONSTRUCTION [], aviation-service charges, and retail operations, according to MAHB. The company said passenger movements across its facilities during the quarter rose 6.5% from a year earlier.

“The group’s overall passenger traffic growth of 6.5% achieved in the first quarter 2012 was in tandem with the positive growth trend of the Asia Pacific region and globally.

“There is some concern on route cuts announced by our domestic airlines but the gap seemed to have been continuously replaced by foreign carriers,” MAHB said. Based on historical trends and the performance in the first quarter, the firm said it expects to achieve its targeted passenger- traffic growth of 6% to 7% for 2012.

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