Raffles Medical's Q2 net profit up by 0.5%

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Private healthcare provider Raffles Medical Group's bottom line was affected by Singapore's slowing medical tourism environment and higher costs.

It posted net profit of $16.8 million for the quarter to June 30, an increase of 0.5 per cent from the same period last year. Revenue was $120.1 million in the second quarter, up 1 per cent from $119 million for the same period last year.

The company attributed its performance to lower income from the healthcare services division and softer-than-expected demand from foreign patients. While it recorded an increase in turnover, this was offset by higher staff costs, which grew 3 per cent year-on-year to $61.7 million.

The company attributed this to recruitment of more specialists, consultants, management and clinical staff ahead of the opening of an extension to Raffles Hospital in North Bridge Road, which will start operating in the last quarter of this year.

Investment property expenditure rose by $71.2 million, largely on the Raffles Hospital extension, but also because of spending on its hospitals in Shanghai and Chongqing.

Raffles Hospital Chongqing is set to be operational by the second half of next year, while Raffles Hospital Shanghai has a target operational date set for the second half of 2019.

Executive chairman Loo Choon Yong said it was a "rather challenging period for companies in Singapore", adding: "The opening of Raffles Hospital Extension, as well as that of the Raffles hospitals in Chongqing and Shanghai, will continue to provide growth opportunities for the group."

Earnings per share was 0.96 cent for the second quarter, unchanged from the same period a year earlier, while net asset value was 39.53 cents as at June 30, up from 38.12 cents as at Dec 31.

It declared an interim ordinary dividend of 0.5 cent for the financial year ending Dec 31, unchanged from last year.

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