* Q4 profit 27.5 mln dhs vs 31 mln in prior yr- Reuters
* Q4 figure beats analyst estimates
* 2012 net profit 72.5 mln dhs vs 101.9 mln dhs in 2011
* 2012 profit drop due to "exceptional provisions"
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DUBAI, Jan 22 Tamweel, the Dubai-based
Islamic mortgage lender, posted a 11.3 percent drop in
fourth-quarter net profit on Tuesday, Reuters calculations show,
with the company blaming a full-year decline in earnings on
Tamweel, currently the focus of a full takeover offer from
majority shareholder Dubai Islamic Bank, made 27.5
million dirhams ($7.5 million) in the final three months of
2012, versus a 31 million dirhams profit in the corresponding
period of 2011.
Reuters calculated the profit figure based on previous
Despite the decline, the quarterly earnings beat the
estimates of brokers Arqaam Capital and EFG Hermes, who forecast
23 million dirhams and 19 million dirhams respectively.
For the full year, Tamweel made a net profit of 72.5 million
dirhams in 2012, according to a bourse filing, a 28.9 percent
drop compared with 101.9 million dirhams in the previous year.
"Net profit was lower in the current year due to exceptional
provisions relating to certain ongoing litigations for which the
company made full provision while continuing to fight its
rights," Tamweel said in a separate statement.
It did not elaborate further on the litigations.
Dubai Islamic Bank said on Jan. 3 its board had approved
plans to fully acquire Tamweel, in which it already holds a
majority stake of 58.2 percent.
Each Tamweel shareholder will be offered 10 DIB shares for
every 18 Tamweel shares they hold in a tender offer, which has
yet to be scheduled. Once this has been completed, DIB will
delist Tamweel from the Dubai Financial Market.
Shares in Tamweel, a favourite of retail investors, have
dropped 1.8 percent in 2013, having jumped around 89 percent in
($1 = 3.6730 UAE dirhams)
(Reporting by David French; Editing by Dinesh Nair)