Kingdom Holding Q4 net profit rises 11.6 pct

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:27am EST

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia Jan 21 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding, the investment firm of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, posted an 11.6 percent increase in its fourth-quarter net profit, it said in a bourse statement on Monday.

The firm made a net profit of 209.6 million riyals ($55.9 million) during the three months ending in December, compared with 187.8 million riyals in the same period a year earlier.

"The increase in net income for the current period compared to the same period last year is due to an increase in income from real estate investments, gain on sale of certain hotels, increase in dividend income and decrease in general and administrative expenses," the statement said.

Operational profit for the fourth-quarter rose by 2 percent to 290.6 million riyals compared with 285 million riyals in the same period a year earlier.

The investment firm has minority stakes in some of the world's top companies. Aside from being one of the largest shareholders in Citigroup, it also owns stakes in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and microblogging site Twitter.

The firm said in December it will book a $32.9 million profit on the sale of New York's Plaza Hotel to an Indian conglomerate.

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