Aug 13 Australian building materials
manufacturer James Hardie Industries Ltd on Monday
posted an 11 percent rise in first-quarter net profit due to a
pick-up in demand in its U.S. businesses, beating market
The world's largest maker of fibre cement products said net
operating profit for three months to June 30, excluding asbestos
and tax adjustments, rose to US$43.8 million, compared with a
forecast of US$42.3 million in to a Reuters poll of five
Net profits were up from US$39.4 million a year ago.
Net sales came in at US$339.7 million and earnings rose 2
percent to US$57.7 million before interest and taxes, and
excluding asbestos and tax adjustments.
James Hardie said it expected full-year earnings excluding
asbestos, ASIC expenses and tax adjustments to be in US$140-160
million range, assuming an average exchange rate of
US$1.01/A$1.00 through March 2013.
James Hardie said the very early stages of a recovery in the
U.S. residential market appeared to be underway.