Malaysia: Lafarge Malayan Cement Bhd's pre-tax profit for the quarter ending 30 June 2011 increased to USD34.86m from USD30.6m in the corresponding quarter of 2010. The company attributed the improved result mainly to higher revenue and share of better results from its associated company but added that this was partly offset by the higher cost of fuel and raw materials. A 10% increase in electricity tariff, which came in on 1 June 2011, further added to the cost of production. The company's revenue for the quarter rose to USD223.5m from USD198m in the 2010 quarter.
For the first six months of 2010, its pre-tax profit rose to USD57.9m from USD49.7m in 2010. Its six-month revenue rose to USD425.3m from USD381.8m. The company also attributed this 11% year-on-year increase in first half revenue to higher domestic sales volume and better selling prices.