DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Yanbu National Petrochemical Co (Yansab) posted a 31 percent slump in fourth-quarter net profit on Monday, citing a shutdown at its plant for the decline.
The firm made a net profit of 442.2 million riyals or $117.9 million in the three-month period to Dec. 31, it said in a bourse filing, down from 640.8 million riyals during the same period of 2012.
The earnings were well below the average forecast of seven analysts polled by Reuters, who expected a net profit of 619.3 million riyals for the quarter.
Yansab attributed the fall to the shutdown of its complex and an increase in its Zakat payment.
Zakat is a charitable donation which firms in Saudi Arabia are obligated to pay.
Yansab, a subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corp, was forced to shut its petrochemicals complex for three weeks for maintenance at the end of October due to a problem with a water cooling network.
It estimated the financial loss from the shutdown, at the time, as 160 million riyals.
Full-year profit for 2013 was higher year-on-year.
Yansab reported a net profit of 2.64 billion riyals, versus 2.45 billion riyals in 2012, citing higher prices for its products and lower financing costs. (Reuters)