Malaysia: Cahya Mata Sarawak’s (CMS) cement division profits have fallen so far in 2018 due to planned maintenance shutdown at its integrated plant and rising clinker prices. Its profit before tax dropped by 14% to US$16.7m in the first nine months of 2018 from US$19.6m in the same period in 2017. The division’s performance was also hit by an increase in the price of imported clinker. The company said that this occurred due to a spike in global demand, following the reduction of clinker production in China and continued high demand for clinker especially from Bangladesh and the Philippines. Overall, CMS’ sales revenue and profit have risen so far in 2018.
CMS cement division hit by maintenance and clinker costs so far in 2018
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