Carib Cement Q3 disappoints

Caribbean Cement jumped $5.51 to close at $77.50 with 166,784 shares changing hands at the close of Monday’s trading after the company posted disappointing third-quarter results.
Revenues in the quarter to September fell from $4.46 billion to $4.38 billion representing a cut in volume sales, which the company stated was due mainly to the impact of heavy rains.
Compounding the drop in sales was increases in certain expenses that drove down profit in the quarter to just $77 million or 9 cents per share for the quarter compared to $255 million in 2018. Nine months results showed revenues slightly above 2018 at $13.5 billion versus $13.2 billion and profit of $1.57 billion versus $1.3 billion in 2018 for earnings of $1.85 per share $1.34 per share in 2018. The company suffered foreign exchange losses on the loan with its parent company that drove finance cost to $1.44 billion for the nine months from $1 billion in the 2018 period. Labour cost shot up 13 percent to $1.77 billion for the nine months and equipment hire jumped nearly 50 percent to $602 million.
IC projects 2019 full-year earnings at $3.50.

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