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LISBON, July 30 (Reuters) - EDP-Energias de Portugal on Tuesday posted a 7 percent fall in first-half net profit, hit by a severe drought in Brazil and the foreign exchange impact on its dollar-denominated debt.
Still, the profit of 587 million euros ($640.71 million)came in better than expected thanks to one-off gains on asset deals like an acquisition at a discount of a 50 percent stake in the Pecem 1 project in Brazil.
Net operating costs fell 13 percent to 619 million euros.
Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose 7 percent to 2.13 billion euros.
EDP's total energy distribution fell 8 percent due to scarce water resources in Brazil and a steep drop in natural gas volumes in Spain after EDP sold some distribution assets there in late 2014.
$1 = 0.9162 euros Reporting By Andrei Khalip