Cement News tagged: Corporate

Dalmia Bharat announces share buy-back scheme

24 March 2020, Published under Cement News

The board of India’s Dalmia Bharat Ltd has approved a proposal to buy back shares worth up to INR5bn (US$65.79m). It intends to buy no more than 71,42,857 shares at a maximum price of INR700 per unit. The shares will be purchased from the open market through the National Stock Exchange of India and BSE Ltd, according to a statement.

Anhui Conch Cement posts 13% increase in net profit for 2019

23 March 2020, Published under Cement News

China’s Anhui Conch Cement has announced a 13 per cent increase in net profit to CNY33.59bn (US$4.73bn) for 2019, compared with CNY29.81bn in the previous year. EBITDA advanced 9.5 per cent to CNY49.33bn from CNY45.07bn. Total sales surged 22.3 per cent to CNY157.03bn against CNY128.4bn in 2018. The company has attributed the positive results to higher sales of cement and other construction ...

Argos reports 11% rise in revenues in 2019

23 March 2020, Published under Cement News

On a consolidated basis, Colombia-based cement producer Argos reported an 11.4 per cent increase in revenues and a 14.3 per cent increase in EBITDA during 2019. The year ended satisfactorily with advances of 11.4 per cent in revenues and 14.3 per cent in EBITDA. Operations in the USA saw significant volume growth and prices in Colombia and the Caribbean recovered. The Central America region...

Holcim, Cemex suspend Luzon output

23 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Holcim and Cemex have suspended production at their operations in Luzon, the Philippines, to comply with social distancing and quarantine measures put in place by the country’s government to address the coronavirus pandemic. Holcim has suspended plant, terminal and office operations with measures covering the Bacnotan, La Union, Norzagaray and Bulacan cement plants. The company’s terminals ...

PPC Zimbabwe reports 15-20% volume drop

PPC Zimbabwe reports 15-20% volume drop

23 March 2020, Published under Cement News

PPC Zimbabwe has reported a fall of 15-20 per cent in volumes for the 11 months ended February 2020 due to the country’s economic environment, reports the Zimbabwe Mail. However, the company has recorded improved EBITDA margins of 35-38 per cent. Inflationary pressures in the country have increased the cost of inputs as well as decreasing consumer spending. Limited access to foreign currency...

AfriSam call for fair market conditions over imports

23 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Speaking after AfriSam’s Annual National Budget breakfast event held in Sandton recently, AfriSam CEO, Rob Wessels emphasised the need for fair competition in the cement sector. He said industry was engaging government and trade authorities to ensure fair conditions over the import of cement, including the enforcement of existing port tariffs for these goods.  "For a number of reasons, Sout...

Caribbean Cement resumes exports to Cuba

Caribbean Cement resumes exports to Cuba

23 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Caribbean Cement Co Ltd increased its export sales threefold YoY in 2019, including markets such as Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. While CCCL’s 2019 annual report did not name Guantánamo Bay, a cement company representative told the Financial Gleaner that Caribbean Cement resumed exports to that area, and that those sales would have positively impacted on total exports. The cement producer had previo...

Titan records 8% advance in revenue for 2019

20 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Greece-based Titan Cement has seen its group consolidated revenue advance eight per cent to EUR1.609bn in 2019, compared with EUR1.49bn in the previous year. EBITDA also increased 2.8 per cent YoY to EUR267.1m from EUR259.7m. "We are well placed to simultaneously navigate the market cycles of our business and participate in the major transformational changes that will affect our sector and b...

HeidelbergCement confirms positive 2019 results

20 March 2020, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has confirmed the positive preliminary results for 2019 it published last month , thereby concluding the business year successfully. "Although the environment was again challenging, we were able to improve numerous important key figures in the 2019 financial year. Especially our good profit for the financial year before non-recurring effects and the strong cash flow exceede...

Cevian Capital increases stake in CRH

20 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Cevian Capital, Europe’s largest activist investor, has increased its stake in CRH to above three per cent for the first time. "As a long-term investor, we are pleased to be able to increase our ownership and commitment to CRH at a share price that is well below our view of the value of the group's assets," said Cevian Capital partner, Gustav Lundgren. "We remain convinced of CRH's poten...

Votorantim Cimentos to install distribution centre in Uberaba

20 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Brazil-based Votorantim Cimentos has announced plans to build a distribution centre in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The new centre will have storage space of 2000m2 and will serve the Uberaba region and a radius of 100km. The unit is expected to be operational in the 2H20 and provide improved and faster services for the region’s customers.

Eastern Province sees profit surge in 2019

20 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Saudi cement producer Eastern Province Cement Co (EPCC) has posted a 158.7 per cent jump in profits to SAR181m (US$48.3m) in 2019, up from SAR70m in 2018. Revenues increased 28.8 per cent to SAR729m last year. The increase in net profits after zakat and tax has been attributed to higher sales volumes and prices, investment income and a lower zakat provision and a refund on a provision for cr...

KHD signs EP contract with India's ACC

19 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Regional subsidiaries of KHD Humboldt Wedag have signed an EP contract with India's ACC Ltd (LafargeHolcim) for the engineering, supply of equipment and supervisory services related to the erection and commissioning of a raw meal grinding unit and a pyroprocessing line. The EUR35m contract package also includes the supply and installation of the electrical and instrumentation equipment for ...

Kunda Nordic Tsement to end clinker production

19 March 2020, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement-owned Kunda Nordic Tsement, Estonia, is to close its kiln line in March following a decision by the company’s supervisory board. The closure has been attributed to the considerable increase in CO 2 prices, which has had a significant impact on financial results. "We have reached a crossroads in Kunda, where a new dry-processing plant is needed to reduce the cost of produc...

PPC sees volumes improve and price rises stick

19 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement-maker PPC said lower levels of capital expenditure has helped offset lower earnings during the 11 months to end-February, with its southern African business starting to show signs of stabilisation even as it continues to face price pressures from increasing exports. The South African coastal business is experiencing a downturn in volumes affected by imports, while inland volumes are sh...

HeidelbergCement and Italcementi donate to northern Italy's fight against COVID-19

19 March 2020, Published under Cement News

To alleviate the extremely tense situation of the local community and to support the fight against the coronavirus, HeidelbergCement and its Italian subsidiary Italcementi are each donating EUR100,000 to the Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII in Bergamo. Bergamo, where Italcementi is headquartered, is located in Lombardy in Northern Italy and is particularly hard hit by the current COVID-19 epidemic...