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Calls for higher cement prices in Sarawak to be investigated

24 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance has called for an investigation to determine whether monopolistic practises by the local cement industry in Sarawak is the cause of high cement prices in the state. "Cement is a basic building material and a drastic price increase will inevitably feed into the economy negatively, and eventually hurt consumers. At the same time, cement prices in Sarawak that are markedly higher than in Peninsular Malaysia should be further examined to determine whether it is ...

Producers: cement prices unsustainable in Peninsular Malaysia

17 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Peninsular Malaysia, which have been declining since 2016, have a reached an unsustainable level as production costs have increased, according to the country’s cement producers. While the Cement and Concrete Association of Malaysia said it cannot comment as cement prices are set by individual manufacturers independently, it highlighted the capital-intensive nature of the cement industry and the need to have a reasonable return on its investments to meet the expectations of...

YTL Corp sees cement revenue fall 4% in 9MFY19

04 June 2019, Published under Cement News

YTL Corp Bhd released disappointing results for the 9MFY19 for its cement division. Cement revenue was down by four per cent YoY, but earnings were up 96 per cent YoY. The Malaysian company reported lower a sales volume impacting its top line. YTL Cement's margins improved significantly given the higher selling price and lower operating expenditure. The recent 51 per cent acquisition of Lafarge Malaysia will reflect a small loss in contributions in 4QFY19. The acquisition is expected to im...

Lafarge Malaysia reduces net loss in 1Q19

30 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Malaysia successfully reduced its net loss to MYR32.07m (US$7.64m) in the 1Q19, compared with MYR68.73m of the year-ago period. However, revenue saw a minor 1.5 per cent YoY fall to MYR538.7m from MYR546.8m, with the decrease attributed to lower cement sales caused by market conditions. The company noted that key infrastructure projects will help reduce the domestic cement industry’s overcapacity, but market conditions are expected to remain challenging. "There is still healthy ...

Hong Leong Asia looks to complete Tasek Corp takeover

29 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Singapore-listed Hong Leong Asia is looking to take Malaysia’s Tasek Corp private in a deal worth an estimated MYR128.61m (US$30.6m), according to The Edge. The company currently controls 80.8 per cent of Tasek through two subsidiaries, HL Cement (Malaysia) and Ridge Star, and has submitted a voluntary takeover offer to acquire the remaining shares.  Together, the subsidiaries hold 97.89m ordinary shares in Tasek, with the takeover involving the remaining 19.2 per cent of ordinary shares ...

YTL executives appointed to Lafarge Malaysia board while CEO resigns

20 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Yeoh Khoon Cheng has resigned as CEO of Lafarge Malaysia although he will stay on as the group’s executive director. In addition, Lafarge Malaysia Vice Chairman, Martin Kriegner, and non-independent and non-executive directors John William Stull and Datuk Tan Pei Ling have also resigned. In a separate move, several YTL Corp Bhd executives have been appointed to the company’s board. YTL Corp Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh, and Managing Director, Datuk Yeoh Seok Kian, have bee...

Cahya Mata Sarawak reports 5% rise in net profit

15 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Malaysia's Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) has announced a five per cent YoY increase in net profit to MYR40.76m (US$9.76m) from MYR38.98m for the first quarter of 2019, with the rise attributed to a stronger performance across its core businesses. Quarterly revenue advanced 17.8 per cent to MYR418.8m, compared to MYR354.99m in the year-ago period. The company’s cement division reported a 67 per cent higher profit before tax in the quarter due to higher sales and lower clinker production cost...

The new Asian paradigm

01 April 2019, Published under Cement News

This week CemNet news reported on the latest developments in LafargeHolcim's (LH) sale of Holcim Philippines Inc. Shares in the company have risen 50 per cent since January 2019, giving the cement maker a US$1.3bn market value, according to Bloomberg data. A decade ago, every cement major wanted to grab a piece of the Emerging Market pie. What happened? Holcim Philippines operates five plants with 9.6Mta capacity, following the recent grinding mill expansion at its La Union plant in North L...

Yeoh Khoon Chen redesignated as Lafarge Malaysia CEO

14 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Malaysia’s CFO Yeoh Khoon Cheng has been redesignated as the company’s CEO with immediate effect. On 16 November last year he was appointed interim CEO. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and joined Lafarge in 1987 as a finance manager. Since then, he has held various positions in the group’s business development, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. In January 2016, he was appointed CFO in Huaxin Cement Ltd – post which he held unt...

Lafarge Malaysia to benefit if East Coast Rail Link is revived

08 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Malaysia Bhd is in a great position to benefit from a resumption of the East Coast Rail Link's (ECRL), because the cement manufacturer has won contracts under the project, says Affin Hwang Investment Bank Bhd. Lafarge Malaysia's shares rose 30 per cent yesterday on the news that the rail project might be revived, having been suspended in July 2018. "We understand that the government will likely decide after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's visit to China in April. If the p...