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China: Huaxin first-half profit plunges 82%

24 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Huaxin Cement reported 1H15 net profit of CNY89m, down 82 per cent YoY, in line with the company’s guidance at the end of July indicating a drop of 80-85 per cent. The Holcim group company said thesix-month decline was attributed to lower clinker and cement prices (-12 per cent YoY) offsetting higher sales volumes (23Mt, +1.4 per cent YoY, together with increaesd finance expenses (+9 per cent YoY). Revenue declined by 11 per cent YoY to CNY6.4bn, but this was partially offset by lower cos...

GCC sees higher volumes and bettter pricing

19 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) reported a 19 per cent rise YoY in second-quarter net sales to MXP3051m (US$186m) on the back of higher volumes and a better pricing environment both in its Mexican and US markets. In the US, sales rose by 19.6 per cent in the quarter, totalling MXP2190.3m. This reflected the two per cent rise in cement sales driven by deliveries in Minnesota, Texas, Iowa and South Dakota. Ready-mix volumes remained at the previous year’s level as adverse weather conditio...

Shanshui Cement issues first-half profit warning, China

17 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Shanshui Cement on Friday said it expects to record a loss in net profit for the six months ended 30 June 2015 compared to the net profit of the same corresponding period in 2014, adding that the loss is expected to be "relatively significant." Management attributes the loss to two main factors. Firstly, the group has seen sluggish cement demand in the regions where it operates, particularly in the northeastern and Shanxi regions. Secondly, severe overcapacity led to a "substantial" decr...

China: Guangdong Tapai Group 1H affected by pricing pressures

12 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Guangdong Tapai Group saw net profit fall to CNY186m (US$29m) for the first half of 2015, down 47.81 per cent from the same period a year ago. Operating revenue fell was down 7.89 per cent to CNY1.84bn. Competition in east Guangdong and Pearl River Delta became fiercer causing cement prices to continue falling. The average selling price fell 19.52 per cent.

Zambian prices expected to come down

11 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Zambia are expected to drop further with new capacity investments being lined up, according to the country's Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary, Siazongo Siakalenge. Mr Siakalenge said two Chinese investors, namely, Jidong Development Group and Sino Construction Limited, had expressed interest in setting up two cement plants in Lusaka and Ndola, respectively. "Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the two companies in China in April thi...

South Korea: local producers to face price probe?

24 July 2015, Published under Cement News

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated another investigation into whether domestic cement producers colluded to raise cement prices. According to industry sources and the FTC Friday, the antitrust watchdog conducted an onsite probe into major cement makers including Tongyang Cement & Energy and Hanil Cement in mid-July, the Maeil Business Newspaper reports.. Upon the request from the ready-mixed concrete industry, the regulator kicked off investigation into cement makers' a...

Egypt: Suez Cement 2Q net profit drops 57%

22 July 2015, Published under Cement News

Suez Cement posted a second-quarter net profit of EGP60.9m (US$7.8m) on Tuesday, down 57.2 per cent from the EGP142.5m recorded a year earlier. Revenue over the three month period declined by 15 per cent due to lower prices and exports. Suez Cement said it was diversifying its energy sources to mitigate the impact of shortages which "affected negatively the company's profits".

Kazakhstan: Steppe's 1H volumes edge ahead, revenue falls

14 July 2015, Published under Cement News

In the first half of 2015, Steppe Cement Ltd sold 717,654t of cement for KZT8277m (US$44.3m), which compares with 709,459t of cement for KZT9125m in the first half of 2014. This represents an increase of one per cent and a decrease of nine per cent, respectively over the same period in 2014. The company said in a statement that the average price for the current period for delivered cement was KZT11,533/t excluding VAT (EUR56), compared with KZT12,862/t (EUR62) in the corresponding period o...

West China Cement issues first-half profit warning

02 July 2015, Published under Cement News

West China Cement Ltd said Wednesday it expects to record a "significant decrease" in net profit for the six months ended June compared with a year ago. The Hong Kong-listed cement producer said the anticipated decline is mainly attributed to the low average selling price of cement over the past 12 months. The company also said it was unable to maintain "reasonable selling prices and healthy margins" in the southern part of the Shaanxi region. West China cement recorded a net profit of C...

Saudi clinker production declines

30 June 2015, Published under Cement News

Clinker output in Saudi declined by 12 per cent YoY in May 2015 in producers deliberately attempt to shore up cement prices, claims a report by NCB Capital. Stockpiles had built up partly as a result of decrees by the late King Abdullah to ensure the country did not run out of supplies. In April 2013, the king also set aside US$800m for the import of volumes and construction of kilns to boost supplies. However, new regulations introduced later in the year to reduce the number of illegal for...