SCG’s Operating Results for Q3 2019 and the ?rst nine months of 2019 showed a decline in pro?ts compared to the same period last year. The Q3 results are primarily driven by the drop-in pro?tability in the Chemicals Business due to the existing low cycle and the global economic slowdown that was exacerbated by the trade war and the appreciation of Thai baht. Meanwhile, the Cement Building Materials Business reported an increase in pro?t with sales growth in the Distribution and Retail Businesses. Moreover, the Packaging Business has a signi?cant potential growth, particularly in the ASEAN region.
Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President and CEO of SCG, disclosed, “The company’s un-audited Operating Results for Q3 2019 registered the Revenue from Sales of PHP185,772 million (US$3,593 million), a decrease of 10% y-o-y primarily due to lower chemicals product prices but a 1% increase q-o-q. Meanwhile, pro?t for the period totaled PHP10,446 million (US$ 202 million), a drop of 35% y-o-y (12% q-o-q) caused by the lower performance of the Chemicals Business due to the lower product margins, Deferred Tax Assets reversal amounting to PHP1,790 Million (US$ 35 Million) and reduced equity income from the major turnaround of an associated company. Another factor is the global economic slowdown spawned by trade war tensions (between?) and Thai Baht appreciation combined with the company realized an assets impairment of PHP1,283 million (US$ 25 Million), of which PHP1,078 Million (US$ 21 Million) loss was from the Cement-Building Materials Business mainly from the regional non-Thai Ceramics Business. Without the recognition of the Deferred Tax Assets reversal, SCG would have recorded PHP12,236 million (US$ 237 Million) in Pro?t for the Period, a drop of 23% y-o-y but an increase of 3% q-o-q.
As for Operating Results for the ?rst nine months of 2019, SCG registered Revenue from Sales of PHP 550,954 Million (US$ 10,598 Million), a decrease of 8% y-o-y due to lower chemicals prices. Pro?t for the period totaled PHP 41,363 Million (US$ 796 Million), a drop of 27% y-o-y. In this regard, the notable transactions during the ?rst nine months of 2019 were the Q2 2019 Severance Pay Adjustment (Labor Law) of PHP 3,347 Million (US$ 64 Million), the Q3 2019 Deferred Tax Assets Reversal of PHP 1,790 Million (US$ 35 Million), the Q3 2019 assets impairment of PHP 1,283 Million (US$ 25 Million) mainly from the regional non-Thai Ceramics Business, and the global trade war concerns that continues to affect the margins of both subsid-iaries and associated companies.
SCG’s Revenue of High Value-Added Products & Services (HVA) Sales for Q3 2019 reached PHP 74,844 Million (US$ 1,447 Million), accounting for 40% of the total Revenue from Sales, down 8% y-o-y and 6% q-o-q. As a result, Revenue from Sales of HVAs for the ?rst nine months of 2019 amounted to PHP 227,614 Million (US$ 4,379 Million) or 41% of total Revenue from Sales, declining 2% y-o-y. SCG’s Revenue from performance businesses outside of Thailand, including export sales from Thailand, in the ?rst nine months of 2019 registered PHP 223,372 Million (US$ 4,297 Million) or 41% of total Revenue from Sales, a dip of 12% y-o-y. In the Philippine market, SCG’s Q3 2019 Revenue from Sales amounted to PHP 4,022 Million (US$ 78 Million), which represents a decrease of 21% y-o-y mainly from Packaging operation and Export from Thailand.
For the ?rst nine months of 2019, SCG recorded PHP 12,583 Million (US$ 242 Million) Revenue from Sales in the Philippines. For the movement in the Phil-ippines, SCG Philippines Country Director Jakkrit Suwansilp assured continuous growth, with the cement-building materials business now shifting from a product-based business model to a solution-based one. In connection with this, SCG started the operation of their own ready-mix plant in Bulacan to serve the increasing demand for concrete and plans to boost growth areas such as Iloilo and Pampanga
In addition, Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc., (MSCI) the Philippines’ leading ceramic tile manufacturer and provider established through a venture with SCG, has launched its own brand of Sanitary Wares and Tile Adhesive to cater to consumers’ surging home requirements. The Mariwasa Sanitary Wares are quality-assured, DTI-PNS-compliant range of products that includes toilets, urinals and basins. In Q3 2019, Mariwasa Sanitary Wares comprised 66.57% total net sale over all non-tile MSCI products, which is equivalent to PHP 34 Million (US$ 667,000).
The Packaging Business’ aim is to rapidly enhance overall production ef?ciency, expand its market coverage and increase its range of expertise in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other countries within and outside of ASEAN. The Packaging Busi-ness’ expansion of its production base in various geographies and of its customer network will enable it to maintain its position as the leading integrated packaging solutions provider that can address our world-class customers’ needs at all levels of operations, from upstream to downstream.