Saudi Cement’s profit falls on weak local demand
Saudi Cement’s revenue for the first quarter of 2019 rose 18% higher year-on-year to US$103.9m, driven by higher export sales volume of cement and clinker. It said that its prices had risen, but that the price rise was not as great as that achieved by some other producers. Its profit for the quarter was US$35.2m, a 7% fall year-on-year. However its profit was 6% higher compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.
Saudi Cement’s cement export volumes increased to 0.25Mt for the quarter, while clinker sales volumes (mainly exports) jumped to 0.41Mt. In contrast, local cement sales volumes declined by 16.5% year-on-year to 1.19Mt. Going forward, the company says it will continue to focus on exports in light of weak domestic demand.