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Malaysia's Khazanah aims for $1.2 billion profit after first loss in a decade

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10/07/2019 | 03:56am EST

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"For this year, we hope to achieve profitability of at least 5 billion ringgit," Shahril Ridza Ridzuan, Khazanah's managing director, said in comments to reporters at the fund's annual conference.

Shahril did not elaborate on the reasons for the stronger outlook.

Last year Khazanah swung to a pretax loss of 6.3 billion ringgit from a profit of 2.9 billion ringgit in 2017, hit by higher impairments and lower dividend income.

Shahril also said the fund was on track to achieve this year's target of cutting debt to 47 billion to 48 billion ringgit, from 50 billion ringgit. He added that over 3 to 5 years, the fund is aiming to reduce debt to 40 billion ringgit.

Khazanah is the majority shareholder of several government-linked companies including state utility Tenaga Nasional Bhd, banking group CIMB Group Holdings Bhd Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd and Telekom Malaysia Bhd.

Khazanah said in March the realisable asset value of its portfolio fell to 136 billion ringgit in 2018 from 157 billion ringgit a year prior.

($1 = 4.1910 ringgit)

(Reporting by Liz Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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