Doha – MENA Herald: Qatar Navigation (Milaha) Q.S.C. today announced its financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2016.

Key financial highlights:
Operating revenues of QR 1.387 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2016, compared to QR 1.507 billion for the same period in 2015
Operating profit of QR 371 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016, compared to QR 442 million for the same period in 2015
Net profit of QR 553 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016, compared to QR 651 million for the same period in 2015
Earnings per share of QR 4.86 for the six months ended June 30, 2016, compared to QR 5.73 for the same period in 2015
Milaha Maritime & Logistics’ overall revenue declined 7%, despite an increase in container volumes. Port Services was negatively impacted by lower ancillary services revenue and non-containerized general cargo and RORO. In addition, pricing pressures faced by the Container Shipping unit dampened the unit’s results.

Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s revenue grew by 56% despite a global slowdown in the shipping market. The investment in two LNG carriers made in the second half of 2015, and the mid to long-term nature of the majority of charter contracts, largely insulated this segment during the first half of 2016.

Milaha Offshore’s revenue declined by 12% amidst the extremely challenging offshore business environment. Despite cost saving measures that have significantly reduced operating expenses, operating and net profits continued to be under pressure due to volatility in the oil and gas market.
Milaha Trading was impacted by lower heavy equipment sales related to a slowdown in construction activities.

Milaha Capital’s revenue declined by 25%. Lower dividend income and continued volatility in the local equity market have negatively impacted the results of this segment.
“Despite a slowdown in some of the business segments in which we operate, our results remain strong. The foundation we have laid in the past few years will not only enable us to withstand any headwinds, but also position us for sustainable future growth.” said H.E. Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman of Milaha’s Board of Directors.
“Our clear focus on executing our long term strategy and creating shareholder value has enabled us to weather short term volatility and deliver healthy results supported by a strong balance sheet,” said Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha’s President and CEO.
The company will conduct an investor conference call on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 9 am Doha time, to further discuss its results. The conference call may be accessed by telephone by dialing +44 (0) 1452 555566 (UK and International) and entering the Conference ID: 56057093. Further information can be found on our website www.milaha.com.