Bangkok (XFN-ASIA) - National airport operator Airports of
Thailand (AOT) said its second-quarter net profit nosedived nearly 90 pct to
449 mln baht in the three months to March from 3.73 bln in the same period a
year before due to a drop in foreign exchange gains and depressed sales from
The figure was down by 87.9 pct year-on-year and the airport operator blamed a drop in foreign exchange gains for the falling profit.
"A decrease in foreign exchange gains led to a drop in net profit," the company said in a statement, adding foreign exchange gains dropped 1.4 bln baht during the quarter.
The baht, which last year soared nearly 12 pct against the dollar, remains at nine-year highs against the US currency and was quoted at 34.55 to the unit.
AOT said profit also plunged due to falling sales from King Power, Thailand's only duty-free retailer, but added its revenue increased 14.4 pct year-on-year to 4.89 bln baht thanks to air traffic growth.
In the six months to March, the airport operator said its net profit dropped 82.5 pct year-on-year to 1.22 bln baht but revenue rose by 9.2 pc to 9.0 bln baht.