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Construction sector reports Jamaican cement shortage

17 May 2021, Published under Cement News

Members of the construction industry in Jamaica are reporting a cement supply shortage, as the country reaches its peak demand season. According to the Jamaica Observer, a hardware dealer on the south coast noted that it may have to cut staff if the shortage continues, adding that there has also been a hike in the price of construction materials. "What has been happening over the past two weeks is there has been unprecedented demand for cement, but we have been supplying the market. And, ...

Caribbean Cement looks to capitalise on growing demand

26 March 2021, Published under Cement News

Jamaica’s Caribbean Cement Co is looking to maximise its production capacity as it prepares to satisfy the increase in domestic demand, according to the Jamaica Observer. "Our current capacity is increasing every year — last year we were able to produce close to 1Mt of cement and this year we are going to exceed that as our plant has a capacity of 1.4Mta," said Yago Castro, general manager. He also noted that preparations were being made to capitalise on an additional 25-30 per cent of pr...

Caribbean Cement reports 13% increase in revenue

03 March 2021, Published under Cement News

Jamaica's Caribbean Cement Co has reported a 13 per cent YoY increase in revenue to JMD20.1bn (US$132.94m) in 2020. The rise in revenue has been attributed to stronger domestic demand. The company also saw earnings before taxation of JMD4.4bn, up JMD2.7bn on that achieved in 2019. "We continue to operate in an environment of significant uncertainty. Our strategy will focus to effectively manage the variables under our control, providing to our customers an excellent service and high-qualit...

Cargo Handlers acquires 30% stake in Jamaican cement importer

21 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Cargo Handlers Ltd has acquired a 30 per cent stake in Buying House Cement Ltd, a cement importer based in Montego Bay that mostly supplies western Jamaica. Dominican Republic-based Domicem will continue to own 70 per cent of Buying House. According to CHL Chairman Mark Hart, the cement importer holds about 10 per cent of the local cement market that is dominated by Caribbean Cement Co.  Mr Hart said the deal for the Buying House stake was recently completed and will take effect on 1 Jan...

Caribbean Cement sees sales increase 11% in 9M20

28 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Jamaica’s Caribbean Cement has seen its sales rise 11.1 per cent YoY to JMD15bn (US$102.8m) in the 9M20, compared to JMD13.5bn in the year-ago period. The company’s gross profit of JMD7bn from the first nine months of this year equates to what the company made in the full-year 2019 period, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.  In the third quarter of 2020, the company saw profits reach JMD1.2bn from JMD5.8bn of revenue. This compares to the JMD77m profit in the 3Q19 from sales of JMD4.4bn. ...

Suppliers report cement shortage in Jamaica

05 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement retailers in Manchester and St Elizabeth, Jamaica, are reportedly struggling to meet demand after a sharp dip in supply, according to the Jamaica Observer. As a result, some hardware stores have no cement in stock and others are limiting each customer to 10 bags. The shortage allegedly began last month but has gotten worse recently. However, Norman Horne, executive chairman of cement distributor ARC manufacturing, has stated that he was not aware of a shortage.

Caribbean Cement may resume exports soon

18 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Jamaica-based Caribbean Cement Co Ltd is awaiting the right conditions to resume cement exports. The Rockfort plant has excess capacity, despite sustained local demand for cement even during the pandemic. "Export is something we will be considering, but it will always come behind the local market, which we prioritise," said General Manager, Yago Castro. "The good thing is that we have some production capacity surplus, so, eventually, if the local market allows us, then we can allocate diff...

Caribbean Cement sees 2% increase in revenue

06 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Jamaica’s Caribbean Cement has seen a two per cent YoY increase in revenue to JMD4.8bn (US$32.62m) for the second quarter of 2020. Earnings before tax climbed 55 per cent to JMD1bn from JMD0.7bn in the 2Q19, while net income surged 41 per cent YoY to JMD0.5bn. “While it is still very early to fully evaluate the long-term effects of COVID-19 on our operations, we believe that this event has made us a stronger and more efficient organisation,” said Parris A Lyew-Ayee, chairman.

Caribbean Cement forecasts 10-20% sales decline in 2020

03 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Jamaica-based Caribbean Cement expects its annual sales to drop 10-20 per cent this year, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The forecast we are seeing is a 10 to 20 per cent decline in annual terms," said Yago Castro, general manager. "We are factoring the first quarter which was normal, but the second quarter we saw a drop by one-third, and the third quarter we are also expecting a decline when compared with last year," he said. Sales were down 35 per cent YoY in April and...

Caribbean Cement reports 2% revenue increase

30 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Jamaica-based Caribbean Cement reported a modest two per cent YoY improvement in revenue to JMD4.54bn (US$33.49m) for the first quarter of 2020. However, overall consolidated net income decreased 57 per cent YoY to JMD500m. The company also noted that it had implemented protocols to protect employees while also serving requirements and protecting cash flows during the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are following government regulations, while working to minimise, as much as possible, the impact o...