D.G. Khan Posts Quarterly Profit as Pakistan Cement Prices Gain

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- D.G. Khan Cement Co., Pakistan’s second-biggest producer of the building material, posted a second-quarter profit after cement prices increased on demand for flood reconstruction.

Net income was 163.8 million rupees ($1.9 million) in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of 115 million rupees a year earlier, the cement maker said today in a statement to the Karachi Stock Exchange. Sales rose 37 percent to 4.8 billion rupees.

Pakistan’s cement sales are rising as the nation rebuilds after the worst floods in its 63-year history swept away 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) of roads and 1,000 bridges last year. Demand for cement may gain 16 percent in the year ending in June, analysts including Farhan Bashir Khan at Invest Capital & Securities Ltd. in Karachi have said.

D.G. Khan shares fell by the daily limit of 5 percent to 25.67 rupees at the 3:30 p.m. close of trading on the Karachi Stock Exchange. The stock has lost 15 percent this year.

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