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CMS sees 27% rise in earnings

23 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS), Malaysia, saw its earnings rise 27.2 per cent to MYR215.2m (US$55m) in the financial year ended 31 December 2017 from MYR169.2m in 2016 although earnings in 4Q17 were lower. Earnings related to the company’s four divisions: cement, construction and road maintenance, cosntruction materials and trading, and property development. Total revenues in 2017 increased by 3.6 per cent YOY to MYR1.6bn from MYR1.55bn. CMS also recorded a higher share of profit of MYR...

Tasek posts MYR5.94m loss in 4Q17

08 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Malaysian cement producer Tasek Corp Bhd reported a net loss of MYR5.94m (US$1.51m) for the fourth-quarter of 2017, down from the MYR2.14m profit in 4Q16. The company’s turnover fell 16 per cent YoY to MYR135.26 on the back of lower domestic cement sales and a lower average net selling price for cement and ready-mixed concrete, according to The Malaysian Reserve newspaper. The outlook for 2018 is mixed as the property market is expected to continue to weigh on cement demand. However, c...

Cement Industries (Sabah) inks pozzolan deal

17 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement Industries (Sabah) Sdn Bhd (Sabah Cement) of Malaysia has signed an agreement with Ecooils Sdn Bhd for a 10-year supply of ecologically-processed pozzolan for use in Sabah Cement's products. Sabah Cement chief executive officer, Bahrul Razha Chuprat, said the processed pozzolan material, an oil palm byproduct, would enable the company to produce its blended cement product for infrastructural projects in Sabah. "By producing the blended cement product, Sabah Cement can also realis...

Lafarge Malaysia to step up cost and efficiency drive

04 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Following its MYR135m net loss for 9MFY17, Lafarge Malaysia confirmed it will pursue ongoing strategic initiatives to achieve profitability in the near term, according to Focus Malaysia. The company expects to optimise its costs as it plans to source petcoke directly from the Middle East, which is forecast to lead to savings of 5-10 per cent. The current modernisation project at its Rawang works is also expected to contribute to the cement producer’s drive to optimise its assets as it...


03 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The 39.9 per cent-owned LafargeHolcim associate Huaxin Cement is investing in a US$140Mta cement works that it is building in Nepal.  Lafarge Malaysia’s turnover came down by some 13 per cent to US$409.5m in the first nine months of 2017, while a net loss of US$33.1m was incurred, compared with a US$10.5m profit for the same period last year. The company lost money in each of the quarters of this year and a return to profit is not expected until the middle of next year. LafargeHolcim A...

Richard Curtis retires as CMS Group MD

02 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Richard Curtis has retired from his position as Group Managing Director of Malaysian cement producer, Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) as of 1 January 2018. He will remain on the Board of CMS as non-independent non-executive director. Y A M Tan Sri Dato' Seri Syed Anwar Jamalullail, CMSB’s Group Chairman, said: "On behalf of everyone at CMS, I would like to thank Dato' Richard for his stewardship and commitment to the company for over 11 years. Dato' Richard’s legacy will be his pioneering lead...

Are better times ahead for Lafarge Malaysia Cement?

15 December 2017, Published under Cement News

ICR highlighted the plight of Lafarge Malaysia this week as the company reported a 3Q17 loss of US$10.3m with expectations of no return to profit until FY18 . However, the LafargeHolcim-owned subsidiary was not the only producer to face challenging times. Tasek Corp Bhd reported a 75 per cent YoY fall in 3Q net profit to MYR1.89m from MYR7.56m in 3Q16. Quarterly revenues decreased 1.7 per cent YoY to MYR146.55m. Meanwhile, Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) also reported lower 3Q revenues, which ...

Lafarge Malaysia Bhd expected to return to profitability in FY18

11 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Excess supply and price pressure due to escalating competition have negatively impacted Lafarge Malaysia Bhd’s earnings in the current financial year. The company has posted three consecutive quarterly losses, with the 3Q17 resulting in a loss of MYR42m (US$10.3m) according to The Star. In the first nine months of 2017 ended 30 September, Lafarge Malaysia reported a net loss of MYR135m, a decline from the MYR42.7m net profit of the year-ago period. Revenue also dropped 13 per cent YoY to ...

CMS sees 3Q profit rise

30 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Malaysia's Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) reported 3Q17 consolidated revenues of MYR347.968m (US$85.12m), down 2.3 per cent from MYR356.06m in 3Q16. Profit before tax edged up from MYR94.744m in 3Q16 to MYR95.58m one year later while profit attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent company rose 5.7 per cent YoY from MYR58.715m to MYR62.04m. The group attributed the improvement in profit to lower production costs in the cement division. In its outlook, CMS expected the operat...

Tasek sees fall in net profit for 3Q17

08 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Malaysia-based Tasek Corp Bhd posted a 3Q net profit of MYR1.89m (US$447,190) a fall from MYR7.56m in the corresponding period of the previous year, according to The Star Online. The company has a total net profit of MYR6.93m so far this year, a considerable decrease from MYR48.2m of 9M16. The decline in profits has been attributed to a reduced demand for cement.