Dubai's du proposes higher dividend

Du, the United Arab Emirates’ second biggest telecommunications operator, said on Tuesday its board had proposed an annual dividend of 43 fils per share, and that its net profit for the year had been cut by higher royalty payments to the government.

The firm, which ended rival Etisalat’s domestic monopoly in 2007, paid a dividend of 32 fils for 2014.

In mid-February, the company reported a 10.1 per cent fall in net profit for the fourth quarter of 2015.

“An increasingly competitive environment saw total revenue edge lower in the fourth quarter and a significant 30.1 per cent rise in the amount of royalty paid to the government meant net profit after royalty declined on the year,” said Osman Sultan, chief executive of the company.

For the whole of 2015, royalties rose 20.6 per cent from the previous year to Dh1.92 billion.

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