[Ferro-Alloys.com] Malaysia Steel Works Bhd’s net profit jumped 71.63% to MYR 10.08 for the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2019 from MYR 5.87 million year earlier, due to higher tax credit. This is Masteel’s first profitable quarter after three consecutive loss making quarters. Group said its tax credit quadrupled to MYR 7.98 million during the quarter from MYR 1.92 million previously. This was despite a 30.35% decline in quarterly revenue at MYR 270.55 million from MYR388.43 million previously, due to lower sales volume and selling price.
For the nine-month period, Masteel posted a net loss of MYR 8.99 million versus a net profit of MYR 31.57 million a year ago, while revenue slipped 26.35% to MYR 845.45 million from MYR 1.15 billion.
On prospects, the group expects a gradual recovery towards the end of the year and this turnaround is expected to gather strength in 2020. Masteel said that “The local demand for steel bars has rebounded from a trough in September 2019. It is continuing to fine tune its new plant and machinery to ensure that the delivery of healthier performance is in line with the recovery of steel demand in the coming year.” (STEELGURU)