Urbi Extends Monthly Plunge as Earnings Miss Analyst Estimates

Urbi Desarrollos Urbanos SAB (URBI*), a Mexican homebuilder, dropped the most on the country’s benchmark stock index after quarterly profit fell 39 percent short of analysts’ estimates.

The stock sank 11 percent to 4.25 pesos at 1:36 p.m. in Mexico City trading, extending its monthly decline to 43 percent. Trading volume was more than three times the three- month average.

Net income was 291.6 million pesos ($22.9 million) in the fourth quarter, Mexicali-based Urbi said in a statement yesterday, trailing the average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Bloomberg for a profit of 477.8 million pesos. The company has negotiated changes to loan agreements and is in compliance with financial and debt-limit requirements, according to the statement.

“Despite the company reaching an agreement with its banks and renegotiating its covenants and waivers, poor management has led to cash constraints and higher working capital requirements with no growth,” Itau BBA analysts led by Vivian Salomon wrote in a report dated today. They rate the stock the equivalent of sell.

The company’s cash fell by 58 percent during the quarter to 2.47 billion pesos, according to the statement.

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