DMCI Holdings profit up 22% in Q1 on steady mining, power businesses
Diversified engineering conglomerate DMCI Holdings Inc. boosted its first quarter net profit by 22 percent year-on-year to P3.7 billion, mostly driven by the strong performance of its integrated mining and power businesses.
Semirara Mining and Power Corp. contributed 68 percent of DMCI’s bottom line in the first three months. Other significant contributors were the real estate and water utility businesses, which respectively accounted for 16 percent and 8 percent of the net profit.
Excluding the impact of a one-time gain of P111 million booked in 2016 for the partial sale of a stake in Subic Water, DMCI’s core net income improved by 26 percent year-on-year.
DMCI chair and president Isidro Consunji said, “2017 will be a better year for us. We expect double-digit growth from our energy and real estate companies, and modest growth from construction and nickel mining.”
If annualized, the first quarter net profit will translate to an average return on equity of 20-23 percent, based on internal estimates.
For the first three months of the year, Semirara recorded a 52-percent surge in net income to a quarterly record high level of P4.42 billion. This was driven by the 24-percent increase in coal sales volume, further sweetened by a 41-percent improvement in average coal prices.
In effect, Semirara’s first quarter net income contribution to the parent firm climbed by 53 percent year-on-year to P2.51 billion.
Semirara’s strong performance in the first quarter made up for the year-on-year decline in three-month earnings contributed by the real estate, water and construction businesses.
Share in equity earnings of DMCI Homes declined by 11 percent year-on-year to P594 million, mainly attributed to the deferred recognition of revenues from high-rise residential projects which normally take three to four years to complete.
Maynilad Water, where DMCI has a 27.19-percent interest, posted a 30-percent drop in net income contribution to P282 million, as delays in the implementation of the rate rebasing tariff caused operating expenses to rise faster than revenues from water and sewer services.
Net income contribution from construction arm D.M. Consunji Inc. also slipped by 8 percent to P182 million due to lower revenues and reduced margins from infrastructure projects.
Off-grid energy supplier DMCI Power recorded an 11-percent decline in earnings contributions to P87 million following the expiration of its income tax holiday for its Masbate operations.
Meanwhile, nickel-mining arm DMCI Mining returned to profitability in the first quarter, contributing P32 million. During the same period last year, the nickel segment reported a net loss of P100 million due to lower shipment volume and depressed nickel ore prices.
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