Arabtec unit wins Emaar Downtown Dubai tower

Updated 22 November 2017
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Arabtec unit wins Emaar Downtown Dubai tower

LONDON: The UAE-based contractor Arabtec’s wholly-owned subsidiary Target Engineering Construction has won a 950 million dirhams ($258.6 million) contract for the second phase of an Emaar residential development in Downtown Dubai.
The Forte project is a two-tower development with apartments set to look over Dubai Opera, the 2,000-seat performing arts centre. It is due to be completed by December 2019, according to Emaar. The contract scope includes the construction of the podium and two towers of 67 and 46 floors.
Target was previously awarded a 196 million dirhams contract for phase 1 of the project in September. The scope of this award included the construction of five basements for the towers.
The phase 2 contract award follows Arabtec’s third quarter results released on Nov. 8, with the Dubai-listed company posting a net profit of 75 million dirhams for the first nine months of the year. This compared to a net loss of 458 million dirhams a year earlier.
Arabtec secured two other major contracts in the third quarter alongside the first phase of Forte, including a 628 million dirhams contract to build 1,296 villas at Akoya Oxygen in Dubai from property developer Damac and a 363 million dirhams contract to build Dubai South Mall, awarded by Emaar.
Mohammad Kamal, executive director, equity research at Arqaam Capital said that while Arabtec’s third-quarter results and new contract awards demonstrated a “solid earnings trajectory”, he remained “cautiously optimistic” due to the volume of overdue receivables and legacy claims still on the builder’s books.
He said the company’s earnings have only just began a “long process of recovery.”


Microsoft beats Wall Street targets on cloud services revenue

A Microsoft logo is seen in Los Angeles, California US, in this November 7, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 July 2018
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Microsoft beats Wall Street targets on cloud services revenue

  • Revenue for the company’s LinkedIn business and job network grew 37 percent from the year-ago quarter, while its Dynamics 365 online business application suite posted a 61 percent increase
  • Net income rose to $8.87 billion, or $1.14 per share, from $8.07 billion, or $1.03 per share, in the year-ago fourth quarter

NEW YORK: Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted quarterly profit and revenue that beat analysts’ estimates, as more businesses signed up for its Azure cloud computing services and Office 365 productivity suite.
The company’s flagship Azure cloud product recorded revenue growth of 89 percent in the fourth quarter ended June 30. Its shares rose nearly 4 percent in after-hours trading.
Much of Microsoft’s recent growth has been fueled by its cloud computing business, which has benefited from companies rushing to shift their workloads to the cloud to cut data storage and software costs.
“The combination of the cloud, which is a megatrend that’s going to last for years to come, and the execution, this is company that knows how to sell and be innovative — it’s hard to argue with anything here,” said Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace.com analyst.
Microsoft shares have risen 180 percent since Satya Nadella took over as chief executive in 2014, refocusing the company on cloud computing rather than PC software. Its market cap edged above $800 billion for the first time earlier this month.
Azure has a 16 percent share of the global cloud infrastructure market, making it the second-biggest provider of cloud services after Amazon.com Inc’s Amazon Web Services, according to April estimates by research firm Canalys.
Revenue at Microsoft’s productivity and business processes unit, which includes Office 365, rose 13.1 percent to $9.67 billion, topping analysts’ average expectation of $9.65 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
“This was another gem of a quarter from Microsoft as Nadella’s cloud vision is coming to fruit on the heels of massive Azure growth and secular tailwinds,” said Daniel Ives at research firm GBH Insights.
Revenue for the company’s LinkedIn business and job network grew 37 percent from the year-ago quarter, while its Dynamics 365 online business application suite posted a 61 percent increase.
The combination of those two services highlights Microsoft’s rise as an alternative to Salesforce.com Inc, which dominates the customer relationship management market, said Johnny Won, founder of Hyperstop, a tech consultancy firm.
“It seems like this is actually a formidable threat to Salesforce,” Won said.
Overall, the Redmond, Washington-based software maker’s revenue rose 17.5 percent to $30.09 billion, above expectations of $29.21 billion.
Net income rose to $8.87 billion, or $1.14 per share, from $8.07 billion, or $1.03 per share, in the year-ago fourth quarter. https://bit.ly/2uOF9W1
Excluding certain items, Microsoft earned $1.13 per share, while analysts had expected $1.08.