Dialog’s quarterly net profit at RM127mil

PETALING JAYA: Dialog Group Bhd aims to remain focused and steadfast in the pursuit of its key long-term strategies.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday, the integrated technical service provider said it is confident that its business model is well structured to manage and sustain the group through periods of economic uncertainty, oil price volatility and currency movements.

For its second quarter ended Dec 31, 2022, Dialog reported a net profit of RM127.15mil against RM127.88mil in the previous corresponding period, mainly due to higher project and operation costs.

Revenue in the second quarter rose to RM797mil from RM544.49mil a year earlier.

Basic earnings per share stood at 2.25 sen compared with 2.27 sen a year earlier.

For the six-month period ended Dec 31, 2022, Dialog’s net profit dipped to RM252.94mil from RM256.69mil a year earlier, while revenue improved to RM1.51bil from RM1.05bil previously.

Dialog said its Malaysian downstream team remained busy with various engineering, construction, fabrication, and plant maintenance projects.

“The unprecedented challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, conflict in Ukraine, inflationary pressures and manpower constraints continue to impact our ongoing projects. These unexpected circumstances have caused severe supply chain disruption, higher material price and labour cost.”

Despite the challenges, Dialog said its main priority is to complete and deliver the committed projects, which will inevitably result in cost overruns and some project losses.

Dialog said its upstream business reported a higher revenue in the current financial quarter and year-to-date due to higher oil prices.

“The profit margin from upstream business was however lower due to higher operation cost.”

On the international front, Dialog reported higher revenue and profit contributions for the current financial quarter and year-to-date. This was due to higher sales of specialist products and services in various countries, together with increased engineering, construction and maintenance activities in Singapore, and fabrication activities in New Zealand.

Going forward, Dialog said its focus would continue to be on the midstream business, namely the ongoing development of Pengerang Deepwater Terminals into the largest petroleum and petrochemical hub for the Asia-Pacific region.

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