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Lafarge Cement projects profit

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Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited projects profitability in 2016 after recording a US$1.9 million loss in after tax profit for the year-ended 31 December 2015.

The company recorded a profit after tax of US$80 950 in 2014.

Lafarge commented that the economy experienced serious difficulties on a sustained basis because of a combination of factors such as the liquidity crunch, reduced consumer spending due to continued job losses and a poor agricultural season arising from a late and erratic rainfall season.

The group stated that sales volumes increased to US$61.55 million from US$60.45 million representing a 2% growth due to sales volumes.

Earnings Before Interest and Tax decreased by 230% to a loss of US$1.68 million during the period under review from a profit of US$1.29 million in 2014 driven to a large extent by these provisions.

Total assets decreased by 13% to $65 million in 2015 from US$69.9 million in 2014 due to the reduction in inventory from the obsolescence provisions.

Edited from sources by Joseph Green. Sources: All Africa, Daily News, News Day

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