Australia: James Hardie has announced its financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2017. The group’s adjusted net operating profit was US$61.7m, a decrease of 7% compared to the same period of 2016. Group adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) came to US$88.3m, a fall of 10% year-on-year, although net sales rose by 6% year-on-year to US$507.7m. James Hardie’s North American fibre cement segment saw its sales volume increase by 2% year-on-year, with nets sales up by 6% to US393.1m.
Group CEO Louis Gries said, "Our North America fibre cement segment results reflect top line growth of 6%, including volume growth below our market index. Additionally, manufacturing inefficiencies and production costs led to a decrease in EBIT margin of 5.2 percentage points compared to the prior corresponding period. Within our international fibre cement business, net sales increased 8% due to volume increases in our Asia Pacific market, and EBIT increased by 10%, driven by the strong performance of our Australian and New Zealand businesses."