Australia: Boral’s profit after tax has risen by 8% year-on-year to US$204m in its financial year which ended on 30 June 2016 from US$190m in the previous year. Its sales revenue fell, by 2% to US$3.28bn, but revenue from continuing operations rose slightly. Revenue from continuing operations benefitted from stronger residential activity in Australia and the US, which offset the decline in resource-based and other major project activity. The company’s earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) also rose due to operational cost improvements, lower fuel costs and some pricing gains.
“We have continued to improve our performance across our businesses in line with our strategy, managing our portfolio more efficiently and maintaining a strong balance sheet,” said CEO and managing director Mike Kane. “The continued growth in Boral’s earnings demonstrates the great work that has been done to improve our cost base, grow margins, and efficiently supply market demand, which continues to be strong in Australia and Asia, and is growing in the US.”
The group’s revenue from its cement business grew by 3% to US$231m due to a 6% increase in cement volumes due to stronger activity in New South Wales and 2% higher average prices, partially offset by lower wholesale clinker volumes due to kiln availability. Earnings also grew with cost improvement initiatives, including improved utilisation of assets and sourcing of lower cost raw materials and energy.