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JG Summit’s second-quarter profit down, revenues up

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JG Summit Holdings, Inc.’s attributable profit dropped by a third in the second quarter of 2018, as the weaker peso, higher fuel prices, as well as rising prices of raw materials for its food, airline, and chemical units tempered the double-digit increase in revenues.

In a regulatory filing, the listed conglomerate said net income attributable to equity holders of the parent went down to P5.02 billion in the April to June period, against the P7.13 billion it generated in the same period a year ago.

In contrast, revenues climbed 11.4% to P74.6 billion, thanks to the performance of Universal Robina Corp. (URC)’s branded consumer foods and agro-industrial units, the growth in Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC), and higher average selling prices of products under JG Petrochemcial Group.

“While we continue to face the challenges arising from inflation and the weaker currency further exacerbated by tougher competitive dynamics, we are delighted to see improvements in our 2Q18 results,” JG Summit President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Y. Gokongwei was quoted as saying in a statement.

“We believe that we can navigate this environment with the fundamentals of each of our businesses intact and issues are more cyclical than structural,” Mr. Gokongwei added. — Arra B. Francia