RAK Ceramics H1 profit up 9pc
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, August 12, 2014
RAK Ceramics, the world’s largest ceramics manufacturer, posted a net profit of Dh149.9 million ($40.81 million) for the first six months of this year, an increase of 9 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.
Total revenue generated during H1 2014 amounted to Dh1.66 billion, which was a decline of 4.4 per cent from the same period in 2013.
However, the company’s strategy of refocusing on core ceramics businesses is yielding results as the core ceramics products revenue increased by 3.9 per cent to Dh1.41 billion, contributing 84.9 per cent of the total revenues (up from 78.1 per cent last year), said a statement.
“RAK Ceramics’ restructuring strategy of focusing on core ceramics business is continuing to have a positive impact on the overall business. The company is moving ahead firmly with its long term strategies with the recent establishment of an executive committee and the adoption of a value creation plan by the board of directors to ensure operational enhancements and improve productivity on a global level,” said Abdallah Massaad, CEO, RAK Ceramics.
This strategic re-focus resulted in RAK Ceramics’ EBITDA increasing over the period to Dh310.3 million from Dh291.1 million last year with EBIDTA margins significantly enhancing to 18.7 per cent for H1 2014 as compared to 16.8 per cent in H1 2013.
During Q2 2014, the company also reached a settlement for related party receivables worth Dh840 million via the receipt of a 270,000 sq m prime beach-front property in Al Jazeera Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah.
“RAK Ceramics continues to invest in new technology and machineries as part of its expansion plans to tap new market segments. The overseas expansions have doubled its production capacity of sanitaryware in India and Bangladesh to cater to growing local demands. Our latest range of pioneering products will be unveiled in the second half of the year primarily at major international trade fairs such as Cersaie, Bologna; Big 5, Dubai and Saudi Build, Riyadh,” said Massaad. - TradeArabia News Service