Kuwait telco Wataniya Q4 profit jumps 46 pct

DUBAI Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:49am EST

DUBAI Feb 19 (Reuters) - Wataniya, Kuwait's No.2 telecom operator, reported a 46 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday, according to Reuters calculations.

Wataniya made a net profit of 18.4 million dinars ($65.3 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, up from 12.6 million dinars in the year-earlier period. Reuters calculated the figure based on financial statements.

The result beat the forecast of an analyst at EFG Hermes, who had expected a net profit of 13.5 million dinars for the period.

The firm, a subsidiary of Qatar's Ooredoo, had reported declining profits in the six of the eight preceding quarters and last March it appointed Abdulaziz Fakhroo as chief executive, its third CEO in less than a year.

Wataniya's full-year profit was 76.1 million dinars, up slightly from 75.5 million dinars in 2012, according to a bourse filing in Kuwait.

Its board has recommended a cash dividend of 0.125 dinars per share for 2013, the statement added. ($1 = 0.2818 Kuwaiti dinars) (Reporting by David French; Editing by Olzhas Auyezov)

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