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Saudi Ceramics plans new $66m tiles factory

Saudi Ceramics plans to set up a new factory for the production of porcelain tiles with a capacity of 8.25 million sq m annually at a cost of SR249.3 million ($66.4 million) with financing through internal accruals and fresh borrowings.
The project is expected to commence from the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021 and will be completed by Q2 2023, reported Al Rajhi Capital, a leading financial services provider in Saudi Arabia.

“Based on our estimates, the company is currently operating at near full capacity (current capacity 50-60 million sq m depending on the size of the tiles) and we view the fresh capacity addition as a positive move,” said Al Rajhi Capital in its report.

“Given the higher return on incremental capital employed, stemming from increase in gross margins in recent years, we expect this investment to add significant value to shareholders. We expect ROCE to increase from 13.3% in 2021e to 22.7% in 2025e.

“We do not expect the company to face difficulty in financing the project. Overall, we expect the capacity expansion to have a positive impact on the financials of Saudi Ceramics and increase our target price from SR69/share to SR75/share and maintain our ‘Overweight’ rating,” it added.

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