Thailand: Siam Cement has reported that it has more than doubled its quarterly net profit as Thailand rebuilt from floods and demand for construction materials and petrochemicals surged. Southeast Asia's second biggest cement maker posted a net profit of US$232m in the October 2012 to December 2012 period, a rise of 116% compared to US$107m in the same period in 2011. Revenue from sales rose by 14% to US$3.35bn.
"An increase of 116% year-on-year was largely due to the sales recovery of the construction-related businesses from floods in the fourth quarter of 2011," the company said in a statement.
Year-on-year increases in revenue and sales were more modest when compared to the previous quarter in 2012. Revenue fell by 4% compared to the July 2012 to September 2012 period and profit increased by 8%. Revenue for the company's cement sector rose by 36% to US$576m in the fourth quarter of 2012. Profit rose by 75% to US$71.1m.
In its statement Siam Cement reported that its export market sales volume dropped by 30% quarter-on-quarter to 1Mt due to seasonal factors and tight supply as a result of plant maintenance. On year-on-year basis, export volume decreased by 22% as a result of the conversion of exports volume to serve the domestic market. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 42% year-on-year due to the better domestic cement market but decreased by 12% quarter-on-quarter to US$117m due to plant maintenance and higher electricity costs.
Siam Cement is Southeast Asia's second largest cement maker with a cement production capacity of 24.2Mt/yr. It is 30% owned by the Thai Royal family's investment arm, the Crown Property Bureau. The company said future profit growth would be partly driven by construction across the developing Southeast Asian nations, where it aims to invest $6.7bn between 2013 and 2017.