Pakistan: DG Khan Cement recorded a consolidated net profit after tax of US$18.5m in the first nine months of the 2021 financial year, compared to a US$12.0m loss in the corresponding period of the 2020 financial year. Net sales rose by 8% year-on-year to US$213m from US$198m. Cement sales volumes fell by 5% to 4.09Mt from 4.32Mt.
The company praised Pakistan’s ‘smart lockdown’ as a mitigating factor of the damaging effects of the coronavirus outbreak. Clinker production was 94% of capacity, compared to 101% in the first nine months of 2020. Total kiln operational days fell by 8% to 813 from 883. Depending on on-going outbreak conditions, the company forecast continued momentum gains in housing and infrastructure. It expects to commission a new waste heat recovery (WHR) power plant in the fourth quarter, reducing costs.