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Water company turns to consumer products

SINGAPORE -- Water treatment company Hyflux is entering Asia's growing fitness and beauty market, as it seeks other revenue sources.

     The company reported on Wednesday a 66% fall in net profit to 38 million Singapore dollars ($19.9 million) for the nine months ending in September from a year ago, largely due to a high base. Excluding one-off gains from the stake sales in the base year, net profit was largely flat.

Olivia Lum, Hyflux’s executive chairman and group CEO

     Hyflux announced that it will invest $8 million to acquire a 30% stake in Kaqun Europe, a Hungary-based water technology company that produces consumer products using oxygenated water. The joint venture will first sell bottled water, and eventually expand into skincare items.

     Revenue for the nine months was S$288.7 million, up 7% from a year ago, thanks to contribution from ongoing construction of a water desalination facility in Oman. Middle East and North Africa made up 32% of the total revenue, up from only 6% last year.

     Hyflux said that Middle East, Africa and Singapore are expected to be the main revenue contributors for the next few years. In October, Hyflux and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries signed an agreement with the Singaporean government to develop and operate the country's sixth waste-to-energy plant.

     Hyflux also expects a gas turbine power plant near its desalination facility in Singapore to be fully operational in early 2016.

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