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Malaysia – finding its resolve

02 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Within southeast Asia, Malaysia represents one of the largest consumers of cement per capita. The lacklustre demand trends seen in the past 4-5 years were forecast to ameliorate in 2020 due to an influx of government-backed projects. However, as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on economies and industries, the impact on demand remains to be seen. By Manas Tamotia, LEK Consulting, Singapore. Given that Malaysia’s cement sector was showing a resolve to rationalise and yield long-term value, LEK...

APMC's Rawang plant to close for upgrade programme

27 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Associated Pan Malaysia Cement (APMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malayan Cement, reportedly released the majority of its employees a few weeks ago, according to The Edge. Furthermore, company operations reportedly stopped last year, after YTL Cement acquired 51 per cent of Malayan Cement. In a response to a request for clarification from The Edge Malaysia, YTL Cement stated: "APMC’s Rawang plant, the nation’s first and oldest cement plant, will be undergoing a MYR200m (US$45.89m) rejuv...

Hong Leong Asia makes takeover offer for Tasek Corp

13 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Hong Leong Asia, which currently holds an 88.16 per cent stake in Malaysia’s Tasek Corp through two subsidiaries, has reportedly launched an unconditional voluntary takeover offer to acquire the remaining shares for around MYR83.9m (US$19.35m). The company, via its HL Cement and Ridge Star subsidiaries, had sought to take Tasek private last year, according to The Business Times Singapore. Tasek moved from a net loss last year to an MYR4.19m profit in its 1Q20 results reported last wee...

Tasek Corp reports 1Q20 results

06 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Malaysia’s Tasek Corp has posted a net profit of MYR4.19m (US$971,589) in the first quarter of 2020, compared with a net loss of MYR10.42m in the year-ago period. However, revenue declined 4.2 per cent YoY to MYR131.49m from MYR137.26m in the 1Q19. The cement sector saw an operating profit of MYR3.1m against a loss of MYR13m last year. However, sales volumes fell due to the close of operations related to the nationwide movement control order (MCO). Going forward, the company is expectin...

Malaysia's cement association praises decision to reopen plants

27 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Malaysia's Cement and Concrete Association (C&CA) has stated that opening cement factories under Phase 3 of the country’s Movement Control Order (MCO) will have a positive effect on the economy and save jobs. C&CA Chairman, Datuk Yeoh Soo Keng, said the cement industry provided over 100,000 jobs, both directly and indirectly. "C&CA lauds the government and the International Trade and Industry Ministry for their prompt action in allowing cement plants to resume operations to serve the l...

Cahya Mata Sarawak 4Q net profit down 90%

28 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Malaysia’s Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd’s (CMS) net profit declined 90 per cent to MYR5.4m (US$1.28m) in the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2019, compared to MYR53.5m in the 4Q18. Profit before tax decreased 76 per cent YoY to MYR20.2m in the 4Q19 from MYR83.1m in the 4Q18. CMS revenue in the 4Q19 also fell eight per cent YoY to MYR456.5m from MYR496.8m reported in the 4Q18. The reduced performance was attributed to its cement, construction, road maintenance and property development business....

Malayan Cement announces 4Q19 net loss of US$9.1m

21 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Malayan Cement Bhd remained in the red in 4Q19, making a net loss of MYR38.55m (US$9.1m). The group has changed its financial year end to 30 June 2020 from 31 December 2019 after the emergence of YTL Cement Bhd as its largest shareholder. The better performance came despite revenue declining to CMY446.87m from CNY548.16m previously, no thanks to lower domestic sales that were partially offset by higher export sales. For the 12-month period ended 31 December 2019, Malayan Cement's net loss ...

Malaysia's construction sector to grow by 4% in 2020

20 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Malaysia's construction sector will expand by 3.5 per cent, in real terms, in 2020, according to a report by Fitch Solutions. Nominal growth of the country’s construction sector hit 1.1 per cent in 2019, but in real terms, a flatline growth rate of 0.04 per cent YoY was reported. Fitch expects the sector’s growth to expand, as construction activity across both the infrastructure and buildings sector in 2020 is sighted to pick up. The pipeline of Malaysia's major rail and road sector is val...

Cement price hike claims investigated in Malaysia

14 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Following claims of price hikes, Malaysia’s Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has investigated cement prices and found no price hikes at the manufacturing level. Its minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, has said the inspections were made after the Johor Master Builders Association (JMBA) alleged a cement price hike of around 20-50 per cent. Mr Saifuddin added that following a YoY price comparison of the four main cement manufacturers from 2017 until now, there has ac...

Malayan Cement shareholders approve RPTs with YTL Cement

24 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Malayan Cement, formerly Lafarge Malaysia, has obtained minority shareholder approval for MYR1.87bn (US$460m) worth of related-party transactions (RPTs) with its new controlling shareholder, YTL Cement, according to The Edge. The shareholders had previously voted down plans for MYR3.51bn worth of RPTs with YTL Cement last September. The new mandate will reportedly allow Malayan Cement to deal with YTL Cement on the sale and purchase of materials such as clinker, cement, aggregates, san...