Dana Gas PJSC profit nearly doubled in the first quarter as the United Arab Emirates-based natural gas producer boosted output. Net income rose to 40 million dirhams ($11 million) from 22 million dirhams a year earlier, the company said on Thursday in a statement to the Abu Dhabi stock exchange. Sales climbed 44 percent to 432 million dirhams.
Dana Gas, which pumps most of its gas at fields in Egypt and Iraq, is seeking to recover payments from both countries for overdue bills. The company was owed $1 billion from Egypt and the self-governed Kurdish region in northern Iraq at the end of the quarter. The receivables rose from $982 million at the end of 2016 because payments from Egypt slowed, CEO Patrick Allman-Ward said on a media conference call.
Dana Gas shares rose 2.3 percent in Abu Dhabi, giving the company a market value of 3.1 billion dirhams. The stock has dropped 19 percent this year.