Pakistan’s Lucky Cement Posts Record Profit

Lucky Cement Ltd. (LUCK), Pakistan’s largest producer of the building material, said full-year profit surged 71 percent to a record as an increase in domestic sales offset a decline in exports.

Net income was 6.78 billion rupees ($71.8 million), or 20.97 rupees a share, in the 12 months ended June 30, compared with 3.97 billion rupees, or 12.28 rupees a share, a year earlier, the Karachi-based company said in a filing to the stock exchange today. Analysts forecast profit of 6.81 billion rupees, according to the average of 11 estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Local sales rose 7 percent, while overseas shipments slipped 4.7 percent to 2.25 million tons, the company said in the statement. Lucky derived 62 percent of its revenue for the year from domestic sales and 38 percent came from exports, it said. The company expected sales at home to boost earnings for the year ended June, Chief Financial Officer Abid Muhammad Ganatra said in an interview in March.

Domestic consumption of cement “is expected to increase during the next financial year,” the company said in the statement, citing “spending on public development projects by the government in the view of upcoming national elections.”

Revenue gained 23 percent to 39.1 billion rupees, topping the average analyst estimate of 33.4 billion rupees. Sales volumes were 3 percent higher at 5.97 million tons, the company said.

Lucky shares fell 0.9 percent to 129 rupees at the close of trade in Karachi. The stock has rallied 71 percent this year, compared with a 34 percent gain in the benchmark Karachi Stock Exchange 100 Index.

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