August 5, 2008


Navico's H1 profit drops to 19 percent


Nam Viet Corporation or Navico said its first-half pretax profit slipped by 19 percent as inflation rates accelerated production costs.


Vietnam's biggest catfish processor and exporter said its pre-tax profit fell to VND164 billion (US$9.8 million) from the same period a year earlier, chief financial officer Nguyen Duy Nhut said.

The An-Giang based firm expects pretax profit to reach VND420 billion ($25 million) this year, according to Nhut.
Nhut said inflation rates pushed up production costs to a "very high level" and export prices weren't as high as expected. 
Nhut added Navico posted sales of VND1.4 trillion ($83 million), without providing comparable figures for last year.
Navico plans to achieve revenue of VND3.8 trillion ($227 million) for the full year, he said.
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