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DMCI Mining posts double-digit profit slump on depleting Berong mine

Ramon Royandoyan - Philstar.com
DMCI Mining posts double-digit profit slump on depleting Berong mine
DMCI Mining cited the combined effects of plunging shipments, lower nickel grade sales, favorable selling prices and forex rates.
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MANILA, Philippines — The earnings of DMCI Mining Corp. suffered in the third quarter owing to a motley crew of effects, including the depletion of its Berong mine.

In a disclosure sent to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the Consunji-led mining firm reported net income plunged 56% year-on-year to P80 million in the third quarter.

Earnings likewise retreated 17% year-on-year to P1.17 billion in the first nine months.

“We expected a severe profit decline because of the depletion of our Berong mine late last year. Fortunately, the bullish nickel market allowed us to ship even the low-grade inventory of Berong,” said DMCI Mining president Tulsi Das C. Reyes.

The mining firm noted that higher nickel prices and a weak peso offset the firm’s profit weakness.

Financial results showed the company’s nickel ore shipments sank 25% on-year to 1.09 million wet metric tons (WMT) in the first nine months. DMCI Mining reckoned that shipments sank 50% on an annual basis in the third quarter.

By the end of September, the Consunji-led mining firm reported total inventory plunged 76% to 109,000 WMT. This was mostly due to the depletion from Zambales stocks. 

DMCI Mining noted average selling price of its minerals rose 16% on-year, ranging from $43-50 in the first nine months. 

The peso’s depreciation left selling prices growing 10% year-on-year in the first three quarters.

DMCI HOLDINGS INC.

DMCI MINING CORP.

PHILIPPINE STOCK EXCHANGE

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