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TCC International Holdings net profit rises 22.5%

13 March 2015, Published under Cement News

TCC International Holdings Ltd said net profit surged 22.5 per cent to US$264m. The Chinese cement producer attributed the profit rise to strong sales in southern China, where production plants in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces contributed more to sales. However, both cement sales and average selling price has dropped in the second half of 2014, it said in a public statement.

Australia: Boral set for building price boost

12 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Price increases for building materials products suggest Boral Ltd shares could go higher, says Deutsche Bank. Dow Jones reports that the broker notes suppliers of construction materials such as cement are targeting price increases of 8-20 per cent from April. "While price increases were relatively unsuccessful in 2014, we believe there is a greater likelihood of success this year given demand conditions are more robust, and industry discipline appears to have improved (particularly in Que...

Challenging year in store for Holcim Indonesia?

11 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim Indonesia will be challenged by tighter competition and high debt levels that could spike costs this year, according to a report by Bahana Securities has said after the cement producer announced 30 per cent lower profits last year. Indonesia's third-largest cement producer saw its net profit plunge to IDR668.35bn (US$50.69m) in 2014 from IDR952.11bn in 2013, as costs soared, despite an increase in revenues which were up 8.67 per cent YoY. However, the rise in revenues was could not...

Upbeat outlook for Siam Cement PLC

25 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Kasikorn Securities (Thailand) has reinitiated coverage of Thai conglomerate Siam Cement PLC with an 'Outperform' rating due to renewed optimism in domestic cement consumption and further improvement in its chemical business' profitability. The research house says the Thai cement industry is expected to resume its organic growth at about 6-7 per cent in 2015. “We believe that the industry has already passed the bottom with the government’s planned investment in major infrastructure projec...

Indonesia: producers' shares fall on Widodo price move

24 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Shares of two of Indonesia’s leading cement producers have lost at least 13 per cent from their July 2014 peak following the decision by the country’s new president to impose price cuts on state-owned cement manufacturers. During the presidential election last July, shares of PT Holcim Indonesia and PT Semen Indonesia jumped to one-year highs fuelled by bets that Widodo’s US$18bn infrastructure spending pledge would boost domestic cement demand and lead to an earnings windfall. However, la...

Holcim sees 3% improvement in like-for-like net sales

23 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim increased net sales by three per cent on a like-for-like basis in 2014. Growth mostly resulted from price improvements in many regions, particularly in North America against a favourable market environment as well as a response to cost inflation in Latin America. An unfavourable currency effect of 5.2 per cent and negative changes in consolidation structure impacted the consolidated net sales performance in 2014 which was down 3.1 percent to CHF19,110m (US$ 17.8 bn). Like-for...

Lucky Cement first-half profit up 8.5%

23 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's leading cement producer, Lucky Cement, reported a profit after tax of PKR5.6bn (US$55.1m) during the first half of FY14-15 versus PKR5.16bn a year earlier. During the six-month period, net sales rose nine per cent YoY to PKR21.4bn. The increase is attributed to a 9.2 per cent uptake in sales volumes to 2.02Mt, a 2.24 per cent improvement in exports to 1.23Mt and a 2.91 per cent rise in net retention. According to Al Habib Capital Markets, Lucky Cement's margins remained sta...

Indian producers roll back prices

23 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Indian cement producers have rolled back cement price increases announced in January due to a weaker than expected cement demand off-take. "The dispatch scenario is very gloomy. The January-March quarter is generally a good quarter, but not this time. Pricing is weak, specifically in north India," said Prashant Bangur, whole-time director of Shree Cement Ltd told local press. Cement manufacturers in eastern, central and western markets have also rolled back price hikes announced in Ja...

Tunisia: Carthage Cement cuts cement price

20 February 2015, Published under Cement News

In the past few days, Carthage Cement has lowered the price of cement by TND6/t for bagged cement and TND10/t for bulk. For instance, a bag of OPC will now cost TND141,640/t while its bulk equivalent will cost 122,500/t. The step comes as the Tunisian government is gradually removing its subsidies in the energy sector. Mostafa Hamrouni, president of the national Chamber of Cement Manufacturers said that "the professionals of cement industry and regulators exert the effort required to cont...

Malaysia: Tasek Corp full-year profit ahead

18 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Tasek Corporation Bhd's net profit rose 11.86 per cent to MYR105.4m (US$29.1m) compared to MYR93.90m a year earlier despite heightened competition. Revenue rose to MYR656.06m compared to MYR121.04m in 2013. The Malaysia based cement producer attributed the better to performance to higher domestic cement demand and improved ready-mix concrete prices. “The ongoing mass rapid transit projects and light rail transit line extensions are expected to continue leading the construction sector’s gro...