Saudi: Qassim’s 2Q14 net profit slips, sales down 10%

Saudi: Qassim’s 2Q14 net profit slips, sales down 10%
Published: 16 July 2014


Qassim Cement posted a 1.5 per cent decline in net profit for the second quarter of 2014 to SAR161.1m (US$43m).

Sales volumes dropped 10 per cent YoY during the three months to the end of June to 1.07Mt on the back of sluggish construction sector activity. Operating profits came in at SAR163.6m.

Analysts at Al Rahji Capital have stated that Qassim’s high utilisation rates and its inability to ramp-up capacity have led it to believe that there is “limited upside potential” from current levels. As a result, it has reiterated its “Neutral” rating for the Saud-based cement producer.