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Alpek consolidated profit falls 52% in fourth quarter

4:03 AM MST | February 13, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Alpek (San Pedro Garza García, Mexico) reported a 52% drop in net consolidated profit during the fourth quarter, to $518 million. Consolidated fourth-quarter revenue totaled $1.67 billion, down 3%. Polyester and related products sales volumes rose 2% during the fourth quarter of 2012, to 744,000 m.t., from the fourth quarter of 2011. Average polyester prices in the fourth quarter were down 5.9% year-on-year (YOY). "2012 polyester prices were impacted by lower oil and feedstock prices, as well as the North American purified terephthalic acid price...

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