At the end of June, 12 cement producers released their second quarter financial statements, with only two units posting profit growth.
Vicem Ha Tien Cement JSC – a large member of the state-owned cement conglomerate Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation (Vicem) – witnessed a 16 per cent drop in its consolidated revenue on-year, falling to $84.3 million, and around $2.5 million in consolidated post-tax profit, down nearly 57 per cent on-year.
Although such outcomes marked an improvement compared to the record losses seen in Q1 of this year, the company still shed $1.13 million in H1. This sharply contrasts with the more than $7 million profit that was counted one year ago.
Similarly, Bim Son Cement JSC saw $210,970 in losses in Q2 of this year – its fourth consecutive loss-making quarter.
Its second quarter consolidated financial statement also records a 21 per cent drop in the company’s revenue, which stood at $37.67 million.
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In H1, Bim Son Cement posted $73.4 million in revenue, down 25 per cent, and counted nearly $2.2 million losses. 12 months earlier, it generated nearly $5.5 million in profit.
Vicem But Son, another major unit under Vicem, experienced similar woes. In H1 of this year, the company raked in $56.65 million in net revenue, showing a 12 per cent drop, and incurred $1.35 million in losses. This comes off the back of the nearly $2 million it made a year ago.
The company has attributed its bleak business results to the fact that the first half of this year was a very tough time for the sector, with gloomy market prospects and rising production costs.
While not having to endure the losses of the aforementioned firms, Vicem Hoang Mai JSC saw its revenue in Q2 of this year tumble by nearly a half. It posted $98,500 in post-tax profit, compared to $464,100 in the same period last year.
In H1, the company posted $26,200 in profit, far lower than last year's figure of $489,450.
Ngo Duc Luu, Vicem Hoang Mai’s deputy general director, believes that the cement market is facing a serious oversupply, with the designed capacity of approximately 130 million tonnes far outstripping the mere 65 million tonnes of domestic demand.
The remainder is set for export, with 65 per cent of the volume earmarked for the Chinese market.
However, since 2022, China has reduced its imports from Vietnam, forcing firms to seek other markets such as countries in South America and Bangladesh. However, this export volume is comparatively insignificant, leading to rising inventories at cement plants.
This has caused a remarkable decline in prices, with the rising input costs further compounding the issue.
Q4 is often a key season for cement consumption, yet with the current situation, many firms expect the falling demand to continue for the rest of this year, causing further difficulties.
Most cement producers are pessimistic about their 2023 business results, seeing little hope of achieving their set targets.
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