25 Feb 2010

Record half year profit for Nuplex

8:37 pm on 25 February 2010

Resins maker Nuplex has reported a record profit for the half year.

The company made $34.6 million in the six months to December, compared to $6 million in the same period a year ago.

Sales fell 10% to $715 million due to the global downturn, which prompted Nuplex to axe jobs and shift production to higher value products, while a $160 million capital raising last year cut interest costs.

Nuplex says China, South East Asia and Australia - which accounts for some 40% of its business - has provided much of the growth, while Europe and North America remains depressed.

Looking ahead, Nuplex has again lifted its full-year earnings forecast to between $125 million and $135 million, due to higher prices and cost savings from a slimmed down operation.

The company will pay a dividend of 10 cents per share.