Cement production surges with big Q1 profit

Three months after Caribbean Cement Company announced its 2020 record cement production of 940,000 metric tons results, approximately 78,000 per month, the company recently reports the production of more than 100,000 metric tonnes of cement in a month in March. It marks the highest monthly production in recent history, the company reported.
“The trend for this quarter is of a higher average than that of the past ten years and is in response to domestic market demand”, a release from the company stated.
In 2020, the company had sales of $20 billion, up 13 percent from $17.8 billion in 2019, with a profit of $3.2 billion, up from $1.9 billion. In the first quarter of 2020, revenues grew by two percent to $4.5 billion, but profit fell to $453 million from $1.1 billion in 2019. In the 2020 first quarter, there was a loss on foreign exchange of $282 million. The company reduced most of its foreign currency exposure. As such there should be minimal exchange losses in the 2021 first quarter.
The company reported sales of $5.77 billion in the September quarter sales were approximately 270,000 tons and in December 2020, quarter sales was around 310,000 resulting in revenues of $6.6 billion.
ICInsider.com estimate revenues to be slightly ahead of the December quarter and has upgraded projections of revenues to $26 billion for 2021 with a net profit of $7.2 billion for EPS of $8.50, up from $6.70 previously.
Cement production is one of many bright spots in the Jamaican economy in 2020 and the current year. The companies shares are listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and last traded at $73 with a PE of 8.6 times 2021 earnings and a projected stock price of $160 by early 2022.

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