Pharmaniaga rises 5.93% on higher 1Q earnings

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 17): Pharmaniaga Bhd shares rose 5.93% this morning after the firm saw a 12% rise in first quarter net profit thanks to stronger demand from Government and private hospitals in both Malaysia and Indonesia.

At 9.05am, Pharmaniaga rose 14 sen to RM2.50 with 131,300 shares traded.

Net profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 rose to RM19.62 million from RM17.59 million a year earlier, as revenue increased 27% to RM786.11 million from RM617.92 million.

The pharmaceutical company said despite increased marketing and promotional expenses as well as higher finance costs, the group recorded a profit before tax (PBT) of RM30 million, a growth of 5.4% compared with the same quarter last year.

It added that its Indonesia division marked a turnaround, registering a PBT of RM400,000, an improvement compared with a deficit a year ago.