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Chemical firms log decent Q3 earnings

  • PUBLISHED :November 14, 2017 - 10:01
  • UPDATED :November 14, 2017 - 10:01
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[THE INVESTOR] Korean chemical firms, led by LG Chem, have delivered decent earnings for the third quarter of the year, industry sources said on Nov. 14.

LG Chem and two others -- Lotte Chemical and Hanwha Chemical -- posted a combined operating income of 1.77 trillion won (US$1.58 billion) and sales of 12.7 trillion won in the July-September period, which marks a 16.9 percent rise and a 35.4 percent jump from a year earlier.

LG Chem’s third-quarter earnings surged 83 percent from a year earlier on steady demand for its key products, particularly basic materials and increased battery sales.

Its operating income rose 72 percent on-year to reach a record 789 billion won, and sales also rose 26 percent to 6.39 trillion won over the cited period, the company said.

Lotte Chemical also saw its third-quarter earnings jump 40 percent on-year as margin spreads on its key products widened thanks to stable demand.

Operating income spiked 19 percent on-year to reach 766 billion won in the third quarter with sales soaring 16.4 percent to 3.99 trillion won over the cited period.

Hanwha Chemical also enjoyed improved bottom lines with its operating income also advancing 5.18 percent on-year to reach 215 billion won.

By Alex Lee and newswires (alexlee@heraldcorp.com)
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