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Pakistan D.G. Khan Cement Profit Rises Fourfold on Record Prices

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- D.G. Khan Cement Ltd., Pakistan’s second-largest producer, reported a fourfold surge in net income on record prices of the building material.

Net income increased to 1.42 billion rupees ($14.8 million), or 3.23 rupees a share, in the three months ended Sept. 30, from 355.5 million rupees, or 0.81 rupee a year earlier, the Lahore-based company said in a filing today. Sales rose 15 percent to 6.1 billion rupees.

Cement makers have relied on price increases amid stagnant sales in the past five years, a move that led the country’s competition commission conduct searches in January this year to investigate price manipulation. Manufacturers of the building material were fined 6.3 billion rupees in August 2009 for price monopoly by the watchdog.

“Cement prices rising to a record saved the day as the quantity sold remained almost the same,” said Syed Asad Ahmed, analyst at IGI Finex Securities Ltd. in Karachi. Local prices on average rose 12 percent to a record 438 rupees per 50 kilogram bag (110 pounds) in the quarter versus 391 rupees in the same period last year, IGI’s Ahmed said.

D.G. Khan’s shares rose 1 percent to 52.30 rupees at the close of trading in Karachi. The stock has rallied 175 percent this year, compared with a 40 percent gain in the benchmark KSE100 index.

To contact the reporter on this story: Faseeh Mangi in Karachi, Pakistan at fmangi@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor on this story: Sam Nagarajan in New Delhi at samnagarajan@bloomberg.net

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