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Thailand: BuilderSmart plc (BSM), which makes 51% of its revenue from gypsum products, aims to increase revenue to US$31.5m within the next two years after refocusing on its export markets, mainly India and Myanmar. The company said that the company projects revenue growth of 30%/yr and net profit growth of 50%/yr.
Vietnam: Gypsum and Cement JSC posted a net profit of US$173,900 in the first half of 2013, versus US$184,834 a year earlier. The company generated revenue of US$13.3m in the period, versus US$12.3m over the same period of 2012.
In the second-quarter of 2013, the company posted a US$112,800 net profit on US$7.5m revenue, compared to US$137,440 and US$7.3m a year before.
UK: Construction company the Carey Group has acquired drylining specialist the BDL Group for an undisclosed sum. BDL has a turnover of Euro50m/yr and it employs nearly 120 people with an additional 650 craft operatives working on commercial and residential projects at any one time. The company is known in the UK for working on big London projects such as the Shard, the Olympics, Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport and Canary Wharf in the City of London.
Carey Group intends to preserve BDL's trading name, retaining the existing management team and staff to ensure continuity of service on existing contracts. BDL will continue executing operations from it offices in Uxbridge, London
Australia: Boral's Asian profit for its gypsum division has fallen by 10% for its 2012 – 2013 financial year, which ended on 30 June 2013.
The Australian building materials manufacturer calculated that, in the first full year following its acquisition of all of Boral Gypsum Asia, its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) fell to US$51.2m from US$56.6m on a like-for-like basis. It blamed the decline on challenging conditions in South Korea and China, lower demand in Vietnam, plant ramp-off costs and the effects of lower capacity utilisation rates. However, on the same basis revenue for the subsidiary rose by 4% to US$502m in the period.
Boral's Australian gypsum division, Plasterboard Australia, saw its revenue fall by 5% to US$301m from US$316m. EBIT remained flat at US$22.5m.
"Boral Gypsum delivered softer underlying earnings in FY2013 due to cyclical challenges in some Asian markets and the cost impacts of investment ramp-ups in China and Indonesia. The business remains extremely well positioned for future earnings growth in Asia and Australia and has invested in three additional board lines that will increase net capacity in Asia by 16%," said Boral's chief executive officer and managing director, Mike Kane. For its gypsum businesses, Boral reported that capacity expansion projects at Chongqing, China (15Mm2/yr) and Ho Chi Minh City ,Vietnam (30Mm2/yr) have been delayed for completion in the second half of 2013 and early 2014 respectively.
Overall, Boral made a loss of US$192m for its 2012 – 2013 financial year. In the previous year it made a profit of US$160m. Its sales revenue rose by 5% to US$4.71bn from US$4.26bn in the prior year. Its profit after tax but before significant items rose by 3.2% to US$94.3m from US$91.4m. EBIT before significant items rose by 14% to US$206m from US$180m.
In the 2013 – 2014 financial year the division's performance is expected to remain strong, despite lower property sales and reduced major project work. However, overall the results in 2013 – 2014 are not expected to exceed those in 2012 – 2013.
Canada: Bob Bruce of Innogyps has announced that Robert Morrow has joined Innogyps as a partner. Innogyps says that Rob brings with him North American, European and Australasian regional experience and gypsum and construction products business experience with CertainTeed (BPB), Genstar Corporation and Arthur Young (Ernst & Young).
In addition to his undergraduate degree in commerce, Rob is a chartered accountant and has operations experience in supply chain and mining, business strategy and leadership development. Inogyps says that his diverse set of skills will assist Mark Flumiani and the rest of the team in providing an organisation to meet customer needs.