D&L pro fit grows 10% to P2.1B

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PLASTICS and aerosols manufacturer D&L Industries, Inc. recorded 10 percent higher recurring net income in the first nine months of the year as earnings and volume growth started to pick up.

D&L said recurring profit reached P2.1 billion, 10 percent higher than P1.93 billion registered in the same period in 2016.

Earnings before interest and taxes also grew 10 percent year-on-year to P2.71 billion.

For the third quarter alone, D&L booked a 15 percent increase in net income to P771 million.

The company said high margin specialty products volume growth has started trending back to its historical average of 7 percent year-on-year.

“This quarter showed us returning to normal growth,” D&L President Alvin Lao said.

“The flattish growth we saw in the second quarter was a temporary effect of the high earnings base in 2016 which was boosted by election-related spending. Moving forward, we continue to see robust growth across all our segments. This will be supported by the still vibrant domestic economy, strong growth in our export sales, and our continued investments in research and developments,” he added.

During the nine-month period, export sales grew 74 percent year-on-year, while the contribution of exports to total sales now stands at 25 percent from the 18 percent share in 2016.

“This represents a record high for the company. With the company’s partnerships with Ventura and Bunge maintaining pace, the food ingredients segment is now the biggest contributor to exports. The segment contributed 45 percent to total export sales compared with just 19 percent in full year 2016,” D&L said.

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