Kenya’s ARM Cement says 2014 pretax profit flat

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NAIROBI – Kenya’s ARM Cement posted a pretax of 2.02 billion shillings ($22 million) for 2014, inching up 1 percent from previous year, it said on Wednesday.
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The cement maker, which also has operations in Tanzania, said its revenue for the period edged down 3 percent to 13.74 billion shillings, mainly because there was no additional capacity expansion during the period, the firm said.
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In a statement, the firm predicted that this year would be better, with growth in turnover and profit.

“The cement markets continue to grow at double digits with significant demand from the infrastructure segment,” it said.

Booming economies in the east Africa region have buoyed demand for cement in recent years but local firms are preparing for increased competition from entrants like ’s Dangote Cement, which is investing in Kenya.

ARM Cement said its earnings per share rose to 3.01 shillings from 2.74 shillings in the previous year, largely helped by a lower tax bill.

The company maintained its dividend for the year at 0.60 shillings per share. (REUTERS)