Lucky Cement recorded sales of US$876m in the first half of its 2023 financial year, up by 42% year-on-year from US$616m in the first half of the 2022 financial year. It sold 3.57Mt of cement and clinker, down by 24% year-on-year from 4.7Mt. The producer’s costs rose by 50% to US$585m from US$391m. It recorded a profit of US$73.1m, up by 6.8% from US$68.4m.
During the half-year period, total national cement sales dropped by 17% year-on-year to 20Mt, while Pakistan’s cement exports fell by 49% to 1.7Mt. The aftermath of flooding, high interest rates, inflation and cost of goods and cuts to government spending all impacted the domestic cement market, while ‘global recessionary trends’ cut into exports, according to Lucky Cement.
Lucky Cement holds a 15% share in the Pakistan market and a 34% share in the export market.