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Grupo Mexico's Q2 net profit down 4.3% YOY on lower metal prices

Grupo MéxicoSAB de CV's second-quarter net profit dropped 4.3% year over yearto US$350.3 million due to a decline in metal prices and a 19% depreciation ofthe Mexican peso, according to a July 25 release.

The company's net profit in the first half, however, jumped7.8% on a yearly basis to US$757.2 million.

Copper production in the three months ended June 30 rose22.7% to 266,071 tons, after starting new projects at the mine in Mexico.Meanwhile, the company's copper output in the first half also jumped 21.4% to arecord 528,096 tons.

Revenues for the quarter slipped 4.8% to US$2.09 billion,amid lower prices for some of the company's key commodities, including copper,zinc and molybdenum.

Additionally, the Mexican mining, rail and infrastructurecompany declared a cash dividend payment of 15 centavos per share outstanding,to be paid in a single installment starting August.

The company noted that it continues to advance itsdevelopment plans aimed at increasing copper output capacity by 90% to over 1.3million tons.

As of July 22,US$1 was equivalent to 18.59 Mexican pesos.