15 November 2010 17:47 [Source: ICIS news]
PRAGUE (ICIS)--Synthos posted a third-quarter net profit of zlotych (Zl) 141.7m ($49.2m, €35.9m), up nearly three-fold from the Zl 48.4m reported in the same quarter last year, as tyre producers switched away from natural rubber, the Poland-based company said on Monday.
Revenues at Europe’s second-largest synthetic rubber producer climbed to Zl 1.05bn from Zl 696.3m, while operating profit rose from Zl 44.1m last year to Zl 164.7m, Synthos said.
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Investment bank Wood & Company, which estimated that Synthos’s third-quarter net profit would come in at Zl 127m, said the company was performing notably well in the styrene butadiene rubber market segment.
($1 = Zl 2.88, €1 = Zl 3.95)
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