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By Azanis Shahila Aman

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Bhd’s net profit fell 62.4 per cent to RM3.8 million in third quarter (Q3) ended September 2020 from RM10.1 million last year due to larger deferred tax recognised in the previous year’s corresponding quarter.

Masteel, an integrated steel manufacturer, tripled its pre-tax profit to RM6.0 million in Q3 from RM2.1 million a year ago, buoyed by a 54.3 per cent jump in revenue to RM417.5 million from RM270.6 million previously.

“The vast improvement in financial performance was mainly attributed to higher sales volume and selling prices in line with the recovery of global demand for steel, as well as lower operating expenses,” it said. 

Masteel posted a convincing turnaround after incurring a net loss of RM22.5 million in the preceding quarter. 

The return to profitability was due to improved margins from the better utilisation of the new plant and equipment and lower operating expenses in Q3, as well as the preceding quarter’s operational disruptions caused by the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Stronger demand for steel products on a quarter-on-quarter basis resulted in Q3 revenue more than doubling from RM195.6 million last year. 

For the cumulative nine-month period, Masteel posted 19.6 per cent higher revenue of RM1.0 billion versus RM845.5 million last year. 

Managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Sri Tai Hean Leng said the company’s commendable Q3 outperformance had underscored two primary points. 

Tai said firstly, the company was able to rapidly return its operations to normalcy after the disruptive period of the MCO. 

“More than just demonstrating the management’s extensive experience, it is also testament to the superior technology of our integrated plant that facilitated the quick rebound.

“Secondly, with our operations now running full speed ahead, Masteel is therefore well-poised to meet the anticipated demand for steel products in the construction sector, particularly as Malaysia gears up to carry out various infrastructure megaprojects as indicated in the expansionary 2021 Budget,” he said. 

Tai said Masteel’s two manufacturing facilities were ideally based in Petaling Jaya and Bukit Raja in Selangor, hence enabling the company to support the requirements of projects from Klang Valley to Johor and across the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia in a timely manner.

“We look forward to reprising our role in supporting this key industry, and even more so as Malaysia’s development aspirations gather momentum in the years to come,” he added.

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