DFM swings to Q4 net profit

Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the Gulf Arab region's only listed bourse, swung to a fourth-quarter net profit on Thursday, as trading volumes rose.

The firm, which owns majority-stake in sister bourse Nasdaq Dubai, made a net profit of Dh105.3 million ($28.67 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, Reuters calculated based on full year figures provided by the company.

That compares with a net loss of Dh3.72 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

One analyst estimated that DFM would make a quarterly profit of Dh57 million.

DFM said it made a full year net profit of Dh284.6 million, compared with a profit of Dh35.2 million in 2012.

The company's board has proposed a cash dividend of 5 percent for 2013.

DFM's shares gained 20.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, while the main share index rose 22 percent over the same period.

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