Egypt arm of Dubai developer Emaar reports big profit increase

People have their pictures taken near an Emaar sign outside the Dubai Mall in this March 15, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah/Files

CAIRO (Reuters) - Emaar Misr, the Egyptian arm of Dubai developer Emaar Properties, on Sunday reported a big jump in first-quarter profits, supported by strong revenue growth. The subsidiary of Dubai's largest real estate developer said profits reached 172.7 million Egyptian pounds ($22.65 million) in the first three months of the year, up from 30.7 million pounds a year earlier. The company's revenues rose 110 percent in the same period to 751.5 million pounds from 357.7 million. Emaar Misr, a big foreign investor in Egypt's real estate industry, filed a formal request in February to list shares on the Cairo stock market. The listing is expected to take place in the second quarter and be worth more than 2 billion Egyptian pounds, making it the largest flotation on the Cairo exchange since 2007. The Emaar Misr listing in Cairo highlights the growing links between Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. The UAE has been providing financial, energy and political support to the country since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood after mass protests against his rule in 2013. The Egyptian subsidiary has a portfolio of investments in Egypt worth around 53 billion pounds, according to its website. ($1 = 7.6250 Egyptian pounds)

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