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Dubai-based Islamic mortgage lender Amlak Finance recorded a 77 per cent plunge in first-quarter profit because of amortisation charges, the company reported on Thursday.

Amlak, which has said previously that it aims to resume trading of its shares on the Dubai bourse this month after years of restructuring, reported that net profit fell to Dh3.7 million ($1.01 million) from Dh16 million  in the same period last year.

The company "recorded an amortisation or unwinding of an initial fair value gain recognised on investment deposits at the time of restructuring" for an amount of Dh28 million in the first quarter, it said.

The total fair value gain was Dh911 million and this will now be amortised over 12 years, according to Amlak's financial statement. The company took a charge of Dh25 million  for this purpose in the fourth quarter of last year.

Its shares have been suspended since November 2008. Shareholders on April 16 voted to resume trading of the shares on the Dubai Financial Market and a request was sent to the stock market regulator.