Carib Cement Q3 profit $748m

Carib Cement silos.

The Jamaican based Caribbean Cement, sole producers of cement in the country, is reporting profit of $748 million after taxation of $99 million for the September quarter.
Profits arose from revenues of $4.18 billion, up from sales of $3.68 billion in 2016, due mainly to a 15 percent increase in volume sales locally. The result compares to a loss of $81 million in the similar quarter last year. For the nine months to September, profit after tax ends at $1.8 billion versus $973 million in 2016 and well ahead of the $1.3 million reported for the 12 months to December 2016. Revenues for the nine months, amounted to $12.26 billion, up from $12 billion in 2016.
Cost were mostly kept within the levels incurred in 2016 except for a sharp increase in fuel and electricity cost that jumped from $530 million to $759 million in the quarter and moved from $1.87 billion to $2.2 billion for the nine months, but repairs and maintenance fell to $254 million from $358 million in the 2016 third quarter but was slightly down for the nine months at $650 million.
Cement ended the quarter with cash at $1.6 billion after $1.57 billion was expended on additional fixed assets.
Earnings per share for the quarter amounted to 88 cents and $2.13 for the nine months, with the full year looking to exceed $3. Importantly, the results should be looked at not so much for the out turn for 2017, but what it means for full year earnings in 2018. IC expects demand for cement to continue to rise as the economy gathers steam and the company renegotiates the leasing arrangement for equipment that is expected to lower the cost in that area going forward, pushing earnings well over $4 per share. The stock closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday at $29.01.

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