DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Almarai, the Gulf’s largest dairy company, reported on Sunday a 14.7% drop in fourth quarter profit, citing subsidy reductions, imported-feed costs and inflation for farm and dairy commodities.
Almarai made a net profit of 286.5 million riyals ($76.38 million) for the three months through December 31, down from 335.9 million riyals in the same period a year earlier.
The company said it was hurt by the lack of subsidies for corn and soy last year.
Results were also affected by alfalfa feed consumption moving to a 100%-import basis.
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General cost rises for farm and dairy commodities also hit its margins, mostly in the second half of the year, Almarai said.
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