Metro Performance Glass gets boost from building boom, breaks glass record

MetroGlass opened a $21.5m new factory in 2015.
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MetroGlass opened a $21.5m new factory in 2015.

Dual-listed glazing and glass manufacturer Metro Performance Glass has reported strong revenue growth on the back of the Kiwi construction boom.

Revenues jumped 30 per cent to $244.3 million, boosted by the addition of the Australian Glass Group which the company bought in September last year.

Excluding AGG, Metro Glass' New Zealand revenue rose 14 per cent to $213.8m. 

Metroglass chief executive Nigel Rigby says retrofit double glazing is becoming a key growth area.
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Metroglass chief executive Nigel Rigby says retrofit double glazing is becoming a key growth area.

Net profit fell 6 per cent to $19.4m, including one-off costs from the AGG acquisition. Excluding these costs, net profit rose 11 per cent to $21.3m.

READ MORE: Metro Glass buys Australian glass processor AGG

Chief executive Nigel Rigby said Metro Glass continued to build a strong position in Australasian glass markets, processing a record volume of glass.

Trading in Canterbury had been "particularly challenging" in the second half of the financial year as the post-quake rebuild slowed and competition increased.

In response, the company had diversified its operations across the South Island and was focussing further on automation, processes and costs across the New Zealand business.

As the building boom shifted to the upper North Island, Metro Glass' focus had also shifted towards meeting those demands and expanding into the commercial and retrofit markets. Its retrofit double glazing revenue grew 23 per cent.

Chairman Sir John Goulter said despite the Christchurch decline,  "low interest rates, strong net migration, a robust economy and the persistent housing shortage in the upper North Island, are fuelling one of the larger surges in residential and commercial construction activity the country has seen."    

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