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Metro Glass posts $20.5m maiden profit

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/05/2016 Sophie Boot

Metro Performance Glass posted a maiden full-year profit as a listed company that met guidance as the country's largest glass processor benefited from increased construction activity while coping with what it called supply and execution issues.

Net profit was $20.5 million in the 12 months ended March 31, its first full trading year as a listed company, Auckland-based Metro Glass said in a statement.

It reported profit of $9.6m net profit for the eight months ended March 31, 2015. Sales were $188m. In August, the company forecast annual profit of between $20m and $22m on sales of $190m.

"This growth was achieved despite external industry constraints, including certain supply shortages and ongoing execution delays in the commercial construction market with work won largely yet to commence," the company said.

New Zealand building consents are at record highs, driven by a shortage of houses in Auckland and the Christchurch rebuild as well as net migration and low interest rates, with actual work underpinned by residential construction.

Chief executive Nigel Rigby said the company, which has more than half of New Zealand's glass processing market, sees no sign of the momentum slowing.

"Metro Performance Glass is performing well and benefiting from favourable market conditions," he said.

"Commercial construction markets are lumpy, but we continue to see a significant pipeline of projects both consented and yet to gain consent, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch."

The board declared a 4 cents per share dividend, with a July 8 record date, payable on July 25. That takes the annual payout to 7.6 cents per share

The shares last traded at $1.83, and have gained 6.4 per cent this year. Metro Glass began trading on the ASX and NZX in July 2014 after a $244m initial public offering.

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