Saudi's Dar al-Arkan Q2 net profit up 17 pct, misses forecasts

DUBAI, July 20 Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:50am EDT

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DUBAI, July 20 (Reuters) - Dar al-Arkan, Saudi Arabia's largest real estate developer by market value, reported a 17 percent rise in second-quarter net income on Sunday but widely missed analysts' forecasts.

Net profit in the three months to June 30 was 121.3 million riyals ($32.3 million) compared to 103.7 million in the same period a year earlier, it said in a bourse statement.

It attributed the rise to higher sales of properties at higher profit margins. It said higher non-operating income was offset by increases in payrolls, consultancy fees and higher finance charges.

Six analysts polled by Reuters had forecast, on average, that Dar al-Arkan would record net profit of 209.8 million riyals in the quarter.

In May, the developer raised $400 million through an Islamic bond, with strong demand for the paper helping to reduce the cost at which it borrowed to 6.5 percent. ($1 = 3.7502 Saudi Riyals) (Reporting by Nadia Saleem; editing by Andrew Torchia)

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