Borealis’s third-quarter net profit rises 14.8% to €54m

04 November 2010 10:27  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Borealis’s third-quarter net profit rose by 14.8% to €54.0m ($76.1m) compared with the same period last year, following an improved performance from the group’s polyolefins business, the Austrian-based plastics producer said on Thursday.

Sales for the third quarter grew 24.1% year on year to €1.59bn, while operating profit rose 37.9% to €80m, Borealis added.

“In 2010 the market recovered more quickly than anticipated, which has a direct positive effect on our results,” said Borealis chief executive Mark Garrett.

Borealis recorded a 2010 second-quarter net profit of €92m, and said the fall in profitability in the third quarter had largely been due to the impact of start-up and turnaround activities.

The company added that feedstock prices had fallen slightly compared with the second quarter of 2010 and that its cracker margins had been affected by turnaround activities.

In September, Borealis brought its 140,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Schwechat in Austria back on line after it was shut down in mid-July due to technical problems.

In October, the group also restarted its melamine plants at Piesteritz in Germany and Linz in Austria following production problems.

Borealis said earnings from its polyolefins business had improved as a result of a stabilisation in polyolefin market prices, while its plant nutrient and melamine businesses had delivered improved financial performances, driven by a favourable market environment.

However, Garrett said the world economy was still volatile and the positive trend in the polyolefins business would not be a steady upswing, so the group was continuing to follow market developments closely.

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