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Barwa 1st-Quarter Profit Drops by Half on Property Revaluation

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May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Barwa Real Estate Co., the Middle East’s biggest property company by assets, said first-quarter profit fell by almost half after a loss from revaluation of investment properties.

Net income, excluding non-controlling interests, fell to 292.5 million riyals ($80 million) from 548.5 million riyals a year earlier, according to a statement posted on the Qatar Exchange. Barwa lost 25.4 million riyals from property revaluation, against a 420.1 million-riyal gain a year earlier.

Qatari real estate is recovering from excessive home- and office-construction before the global economic downturn four years ago. Average rental rates for apartments and villas were unchanged in Doha, the capital, during the first quarter, even as the leasing market “picked up significantly,” according to a report last month by Asteco, a real-estate services company.

Barwa, in which government-controlled Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co. owns the biggest stake, is also developing properties in countries such as Egypt, the U.K. and Russia, according to its website. The company’s revenue fell to 650.6 million riyals in the first quarter, from 1.3 billion riyals a year earlier, according to the statement.

Barwa’s stock was down 3.1 percent, at 27.05 riyals, on the Qatar Exchange at the 12:30 p.m. close of trading today, the biggest decline since March 22.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Tuttle in Doha at rtuttle@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Riad Hamade at rhamade@bloomberg.net

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