Hong Kong-listed Suncity Group Holdings says it expects to report a profit attributable to shareholders of between RMB180 million and RMB240 million (US$28 million and US$37 million) for the six months ended 30 June 2021, reversing an RMB118.6 million (US$18.3 million) loss recorded during the same period last year.
According to a profit warning issued overnight (Asia time), the reversal is due to multiple factors, including a gain on the disposal of its entire interest in Access Achievement Limited, Suncity’s mainland China property development business, for RMB167.8 million (US$26 million).
Suncity also recorded a gain on change in fair value of derivative financial instruments of the group amounting to RMB449.4 million (US$69 million).
However, those gains were partially offset by finance costs of approximately RMB123.1 million (US$19 million) and its share of loss of a joint venture of around RMB139.9 million (US$22 million).
Suncity, which holds significant interest in Vietnam integrated resort Hoiana, Tigre de Cristal in Russia and a hotel-casino development at Manila’s Westside City Resorts World, said the COVID-19 pandemic has “continued to negatively impact the overall businesses of the group, especially the group’s revenue from travel related products and services.”
That revenue, it said, fell by 60% year-on-year to RMB26.9 million (US$4 million) for the six months ended 30 June 2021.
Suncity will publish its interim results for the period on 31 August 2021.