Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Home-building, Christchurch lift Steel & Tube 1H profit 10%

Home-building, Christchurch and rural upturn lift Steel & Tube 1H profit 10%

Feb. 20 (BusinessDesk) – Steel products manufacturer Steel & Tube lifted earnings 10 percent in the six months to Dec. 31, turning in a tax-paid net profit of $8 million on a 6 percent lift in sales to $211.7 million.

However, margins remain tight and despite the Christchurch rebuild, booming residential construction and a strong rural sector, the company warns the steel market remains highly competitive. It held margins during the period, but improved performance came from volume growth.

Directors declared a fully imputed interim dividend of 7 cents per share, payable on March 31.

Despite improved NPAT, the company showed negative cashflow of $4.5 million for the six months, compared with positive cashflow of $1.2 million for the same period a year earlier, driven in part by a 13.2 percent lift during the period in payments to suppliers and employees, totalling $214.2 million. Customers’ receipts in the period rose 3.5 percent to $216.9 million.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period were negative $8.1 million, compared with a positive cash position of $2.4 million a year earlier.

“During the first half, we began to see further evidence of the beginnings of economic recovery,” said chief executive Dave Taylor in a statement to the NZX. “Indicators and sentiment suggest that New Zealand may be on the cusp of a marked economic turnaround.”

However, the company noted a “disconcerting” 9.9 percent reduction in the value of non-commercial building consents in the December quarter last year.

In anticipation of increased activity, the company has made “substantial investments”, including new plant and equipment to boost wire processing and roofing capacity in Christchurch.

“For Steel & Tube to remain competitive, new investment and greater labour flexibility is critical,” said Taylor.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Statistics: Business Research And Development Up 29 Percent

Computer services and machinery manufacturing firms led the way in an almost 30 percent lift in business spending on research and development (R&D) in 2016, Stats NZ said today. Businesses spent $1.6 billion on R&D in 2016, up $356 million (29 percent) from 2014. More>>

ALSO:

China Shopping: NZ-China FTA Upgrade Agreed Among Slew Of New Deals

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and China Premier Li Keqiang signed off a series of cooperation deals spanning trade, customs, travel and climate change and confirmed commencement of official talks on an upgrade to the nine-year old free-trade agreement between the two countries. More>>

ALSO:

Media: TVNZ Flags Job Cuts To Arrest Profit Decline

Chief executive Kevin Kenrick said the changes were aimed at creating "a sustainable future video content business for TVNZ in an ever-changing media market." More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: Wheeler Keeps OCR At 1.75%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate unchanged at 1.75 percent, as expected, and reiterated his view that the benchmark rate doesn't need shifting for the foreseeable future. More>>

ALSO:

Trade Plans: Prime Minister's Speech To International Business Forum

"The work to improve public services, build infrastructure, and solve social problems is possible only because we have enjoyed sustained, solid economic growth. A big reason for that is the Government’s consistent agenda of economic reform, and our determination to open up more opportunities for trade with the world." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news