Saudi Arabia: Yanbu Cement has announced that its first-quarter net profit for 2012 rose by 43% year-on-year to US$38.6m. Earnings per share for the first three months of the year rose to US$0.37 from US$0.26 in the year earlier period. It added that its first-quarter operating profit surged by 44% to US$39.9m.
Meanwhile Yamama Saudi Cement has said that its first quarter profit surged by 54% compared to the first quarter of 2011 to US$74.1m due to higher sales and better operational efficiency. Its first-quarter earnings per share came in at US$0.37 compared to US$0.35 in 2011, according to a statement. Its operating profit for the three-month period rose to US$76.5m, compared to US$49.1m in the same period of 2011, a year-on-year rise of 55%.